Aurora Health Foundation honors Jane Martin with Distinguished Service Award
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Sheboygan, Wis. – The Aurora Health Foundation is pleased to announce Jane Martin, a nurse manager at Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center, as the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award for 2009. The award was recently presented to her at the Foundation’s Donor Appreciation Luncheon.
The Distinguished Service Award is presented annually to an individual or couple in the Sheboygan community who best exemplifies the spirit of philanthropy through contributions of volunteer time and/or financial aid. The Aurora Health Foundation chose Martin as this year’s honoree because of her long-standing commitment to the community of Sheboygan County.
Martin understands what it means to care for others and as the oldest of six children growing up in Sheboygan, she learned early on about the value of sharing and caring about others.
After graduating from high school, Martin attended nursing school in Milwaukee. Following graduation, Martin returned to Sheboygan to begin a long and distinguished nursing career at Sheboygan Memorial. In addition, Martin graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee with a MSN degree in 1993.
Since the beginning of her career 35 years ago, Jane has worked in many different capacities, but always within the hospital’s cardiac and emergency areas, caring for very sick or injured patients.
“Jane is a wonderful advocate for the nursing profession,” said Cathie Kocourek, vice president and chief administrative officer of Aurora Medical Center Manitowoc County and a former co-worker of Martin’s. ”She is so supportive of other nurses, often encouraging them to return to school to reach their professional goals and their full potential.”
Marcy Marcheske, RN, MSN, BC, a nurse manager commented, “Jane epitomizes the essence of nursing. She’s the type of nurse every patient wishes for.”
As the nurse manager on the cardiac floor at Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center, Martin sees firsthand the importance of charitable giving to the Aurora Health Foundation and how donations advance the level of health care in the Sheboygan community. She and her husband Mike have been staunch supporters of the hospital for many years. Their financial support dates back to a time before the Aurora Health Foundation came into existence.
In addition to being a long-time donor, Martin has unofficially served as a goodwill ambassador for the Foundation. Throughout the years she has established personal relationships with many patients and volunteers, some of who have financially supported the hospital through the Foundation or purchased equipment for the hospital — simply because of the wonderful personalized service they received from Martin.
In addition to caring for her family, friends, and her patients, Martin is passionate about her community.
Her community-minded spirit became obvious when she assumed a huge volunteer task — organizing and coordinating hundreds of volunteers and overseeing the medical services tent at several major golf tournaments, including the PGA tournament at Whistling Straits back in 2004. Martin will again assume this formidable task at the PGA event at Whistling Straits this August.
“Jane is very deserving of this honor, as she has helped the Aurora Health Foundation support various causes throughout the Sheboygan Community by her gift of time and personal generosity over many years,” noted Steve Farwig, Philanthropy Manager. “It’s heartwarming to observe Jane’s passion for lifting up the lives of others in Sheboygan County.”
The Aurora Health Foundation annually awards merit-based scholarships to deserving students as part of its mission. The winners were chosen based on academic record, personal essay, leadership qualities, community involvement, and extracurricular activities. Most scholarships go to those pursuing a health care-related field. Contact the Aurora Health Foundation at 920-449-7731 if more information is needed or have questions on our other programs and services.
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