Retired registered nurse Martha Hizey was given the first Becky Hunn Legacy Award during the first Labette Health retiree luncheon on Wednesday.
Dr. Eric Hunn, a surgeon for Labette Health, bestowed the award to Hizey.
The award is named in honor of Dr. Hunn’s mother, a registered nurse who served as the ICU unit director at Labette Health for years until her six-year battle with cancer ended in 2021.
Hunn earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1977.
Intensive care and critical care were her passions from the start. She worked in a number of places, but began her time at Labette Health in 1993. She worked skilled nursing on the third floor and in the emergency room until a position opened in the ICU.
The Becky Hunn Legacy Award will be given annually in recognition of an individual with at least 20 years in health care who has made an outstanding contribution to the organization or profession.
Chief Nursing Officer Kathi McKinney spoke of Hunn’s outstanding contributions she made to Labette Health and the nursing profession.
“Any of us and many of us in this room have had the honor and privilege to get to work with Becky Hunn. We’ve learned from her. Every single day she led by example. Every single day she showed us what it is like to be a good nurse,” McKinney said. “It was not only her job, it was her mission. It’s who she was.
“We all miss her and I think it is quite appropriate that we give an award based on her name … the Becky Hunn Legacy Award.”
McKinney said Hizey was an appropriate recipient of the award, as those people who knew Becky knew it was important to her not to get too far away from the bedside, and Hizey followed that example.
Hizey began her health care career as a receptionist for Dr. Cecil Farley after graduating from Erie High School.
Hizey attended Kansas City College of Medical Assistants and then began working as a registered medical assistant for area physicians, including Dr. Stephens and Dr. Buller, according to McKinney. She then started her career at Labette County Medical Center in 1982 as a hospital hostess.
Shortly thereafter, Hizey transitioned into a licensed practical nurse position while attending Labette Community College.
In 1984, she received her associate degree in nursing, passed her registered nurse boards and began serving as an ICU/CCU nurse.
“Martha spent her entire career making a difference as a bedside R.N., caring for critical patients,” McKinney said. “She became a staple in the ICU over her 36-year tenure where patients came to know and trust the care she gave until her retirement on Aug. 18, 2018.”
McKinney said other nurses often teased Hizey that she was either related to every patient or they were her neighbor.
“She just seemed to know everybody and seemed to connect,” McKinney said. “She spent her entire career in the ICU on the night shift. That just does not happen. The number of lives she touched, the number of people she comforted on that night shift, the people’s lives she affected … we will truly never know that number. It is a great honor for me to present Martha with that award.”
Looking out over the small crowd gathered, Hizey said she could see nurses who trained her.
“I feel very honored, in more ways than one,” Hizey said. “First of all, for recognizing my service. And then for receiving an award that has Becky’s name on it. Becky was absolutely one of the smartest nurses I know. She was so smart and took such good care of patients. We all learned a lot from her.
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