Meadowbrook, PA—June 25, 2013—Singing and joke telling aren’t part of the job description for a patient care assistant at Holy Redeemer Hospital. Don’t tell that to Fox Chase resident Bridget Jardel.
“I’m a people person and sometimes I break into song or tell a few jokes,” says Bridget, who works on the hospital’s respiratory and stroke unit. “Nobody wants to be in the hospital…I do my best to brighten my patients’ day and take their minds off of their situation.”
In May, Bridget was named Holy Redeemer Hospital’s 2012 Employee of the Year. Her journey to this honor was a long and winding one.
After spending 10 years doing “a little bit of everything” at a local pizza shop, Bridget quit that job to care for her ailing mother. After her passing, she began thinking about a career in healthcare.
One of Bridget’s sisters, a registered nurse, told her about an opening for a patient transport aide at Holy Redeemer Hospital. Bridget landed the job and, three years later, she felt ready to move into a position with more direct patient care. In 2009, she became a patient care assistant – a position that involves such duties as checking vital signs and helping patients with their daily care.
“Bridget has an infectious, bubbly personality that makes her stand out,” says her manager, Sylvia Ouzomgi. “She cares for her patients with the utmost respect and compassion and her positive attitude radiates to them. She truly emulates the values of Holy Redeemer Health System – Respect, Compassion, Hospitality, Collaboration and Justice.”
During the Employee of the Year award ceremony, one presenter shared the following story:
“Bridget was caring for a patient who lived with his mother. During the patient’s hospital stay, his mother passed away leaving him with no home to return to. He was unable to live on his own, and when immediate placement could not be found, he was discharged to a homeless shelter for temporary housing.
“Bridget was so concerned about the patient that she continued to visit him at the shelter to ensure that he was safe and being cared for. During her visits, she would bring him his favorite dessert. She also did everything she could to ensure that he was comfortable in his new surroundings.
“Bridget continued to advocate for this patient and wouldn’t rest until a more permanent solution was found. She worked with a doctor to intercede and assist with placement to a nursing home. She went completely above and beyond her role of a patient care assistant while providing ongoing comfort and care.”
Bridget acknowledges that different patients require different approaches.
“Sometimes you need to know when to crack a joke and when to back off,” she says. “The best part of my job is when a patient or family member takes time to thank me for the job I did or for making them feel better. That makes it all worth it.”
Holy Redeemer Health System
Holy Redeemer Health System is unique among health care providers with its HealthCare, HomeCare, and LifeCare divisions, which allow its patients, residents, and clients to access the optimal level of care, no matter where they are in life. Holy Redeemer Health System remains true to the mission to care, comfort, and heal that its sponsors, the Sisters of the Holy Redeemer, began in our region in 1924 – to provide high quality, compassionate care. Today, Holy Redeemer offers a wide range of healthcare and health-related services, including an acute care hospital, home health and hospice services, two skilled nursing facilities, personal care, an independent living community for seniors, low-income housing, an active living community, and a transitional housing program for homeless women and children. With corporate offices in Huntingdon Valley, PA, Holy Redeemer Health System is a Catholic healthcare provider, serving southeastern Pennsylvania and 12 counties in New Jersey, from Union County south to Cape May County.