The Legacy of a Lifetime
Walk the halls of Methodist Hospital with Ruth Freed and you'll get a history lesson. She's one of the longest serving employees at Methodist. With 50 years of service, Ruth is proud of the legacy she's created, but she isn't done leaving a lasting impact.
"We are a team at Methodist," Ruth said. "The work we do together is changing, but the meaning of care stays strong. I know it will continue long after I retire."
Ruth started her journey at Methodist as a student. After graduating, her first position was on the medical floor. With the opportunity, she helped lead Methodist Health System into the 21st century with a focus on nursing excellence.
"Nursing has always been the key component and the culture of Methodist," Ruth said. "Care at Methodist is patient-centered and how we respond to what is best for each individual patient and family."
Ruth's concentration on nursing service and patient outcomes helped achieve national recognition for Methodist Hospital. It was the first hospital in Nebraska to be awarded the prestigious Magnet status.
"Ruth helped create a culture of caring that goes beyond our hospital walls," said Sue Rolfs, a service executive at Methodist. "Our staff is actively involved throughout the community."
As the Chief Nursing Officer, Ruth was instrumental in establishing a strong bond between nursing education and nursing care. Her objective was to make sure current employees were sharing their expertise with future employees.
"Ruth understands that we must look forward and prepare the next generations of health care workers," said Dennis Joslin, Ph.D., President and CEO of Nebraska Methodist College. "And what better mentors than the staff at Methodist."
Another area that is close to Ruth's heart is philanthropy. She has seen the difference a donation can make. The Ruth Freed Leadership Scholarship provides scholarship support to Methodist Health System nurses who are continuing their education. Ruth also continues to contribute to the Foundation's education fund.
"Philanthropy is such a big part of health care and will be even more important in the future," Ruth said. "Continued advancement in health care is simply not possible without outside support."
It is support that Ruth wants to continue to give even after her retirement. She plans to include Methodist Hospital Foundation in her will.
"Planned giving is the foundation of the community. It touches people's lives by working towards the health and welfare of all," Ruth said. "Through planned giving, you help the legacy continue."
And while Ruth's legacy can already be seen and felt at Methodist, her planned gift will ensure even more patients receive life-changing and live-saving care, as well as ensure even more students will receive funding for nursing education.
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