Barbara Rice-Wisthoff, who for more than four years has been lead chaplain in the Spiritual Care Department, is Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Michigan City’s February Ambassador of the Month.
The award has been presented by the hospital’s Social and Recognition Committee since 1988 and recognizes employees who exhibit the mission and values of Franciscan Alliance, which include compassion for those in need, respect for life and the dignity of mankind, wellness and prevention of illness, restoration to health and acceptance of death as the final step toward wholeness. Recipients also have demonstrated courtesy, the proper attitude and enthusiasm for their work.
Rice-Wisthoff was nominated for the award by a coworker, who called her sense of mission phenomenal.
“The love and care she shows to our patients and families truly displays our framework of relationship-based care,” the nominator said.
When asked how she felt about receiving the honor, Rice-Wisthoff replied she was stunned, overwhelmed and speechless.
“This recognition truly is an honor and a humbling experience,” she replied, adding, “I love being at St. Anthony and working with a great, caring staff. I see ministry as one of the companions on our journey. I’m humbled by the trust individuals show in me to help walk them through some of the most difficult times of their lives.”
Rice-Wisthoff resides in Michigan City with husband, Robert. They have four grown children. When she’s not working, Rice-Wisthoff enjoys reading, yard work and embroidery.
In recognition of the honor, Rice-Wisthoff, as are all Ambassador recipients, was honored with a special billboard display for the month, a privileged parking spot, an Ambassador badge holder, a photo on the Ambassador of the Month wall that displays the previous 12 months’ winners, $150 cash and an invitation to the annual Service Awards and Recognition Banquet.