Stories of Carepassion

Environmental Services Employee Lauded for Patient Care

Crouse Health delivers more babies than any other upstate New York hospital. This fact makes our 7 Irving newborn unit one of the consistently busiest areas of the hospital.

Our OB physicians garner well-deserved credit and kudos for their maternal and newborn expertise. Our nurses receive many thanks and compliments for their knowledgeable and attentive care from new moms and dads.

Yet one woman, seemingly behind the scenes, contributes to the success and reputation of the busy OB floor. Day by day, patient by patient, Etta Tarver goes about her job at Crouse making new parents comfortable and well cared for.

A long-time Environmental Services Aide/Attendant, Etta received the 2007 Joan Fernbach Kingson Award for her exemplary service. The annual recognition is presented to a service or technical worker whose special interactions with patients and families give vivid expression to the values of care that Mrs. Kingson was committed to in her work with children and families. Those values include treating each patient as an individual; respecting the social, emotional, intellectual, spiritual and physical needs of others; and welcoming families, especially the young, into the caring process.

Belinda Blanck, RN, 7 South Irving Charge Nurse, nominated Etta for the award, writing, “Crouse is proud to have this woman as a member of its family. Whether it’s a fast linen change for a patient on bed rest, removing a food tray for co-workers in dietary, or stepping in to discharge a new mother and baby when nursing and transport are busy, every task is done with a kind word and smile. “

Etta is a special person who has a passion for making others feel special. She lives Carepassion at Crouse, serving the special needs of new moms, dads and babies.