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Rittenhouse accepts Excellence in Healthcare

Posted: Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Marilyn Rittenhouse, RN, a recently retired nurse at Parkview Huntington Hospital after a career that spanned nearly 43 years, has received the first Dr. R.B. Peare and Dr. John B. Kay Award for Excellence in Healthcare.

The award was presented Saturday evening, November 5, at the Parkview Huntington Community Gala, which was held in the mall of the hospital. The event was hosted by the boards of directors of Parkview Huntington Hospital and the Parkview Huntington Foundation.

The award was named in honor of two late physicians who were instrumental in advancing healthcare services locally and in establishing Parkview Huntington Hospital. It was presented by Darlene Garrett, Parkview Huntington Hospital chief operating officer, Mrs. Helen Peare and Mrs. Sharon Kay.

Dr. Peare was a physician in Huntington for more than 38 years, and Dr. Kay was in practice for nearly 27 years. Both were influential leaders among their medical peers and were both active in the community.

“In those 43 years (as a nurse),” Garrett said of Rittenhouse, “she touched so many lives. She served in many roles at Huntington Memorial Hospital and later at Parkview Huntington Hospital.

“She did it all,” she added. “She worked in the intensive care unit, helped to establish the surgical admissions unit and was an evening supervisor and head nurse in medical surgery. Marilyn was also responsible for starting the hospital’s oncology department.

“She made a difference in so many ways,” Garrett continued, “but it was her compassion and love for her oncology patients and families that allowed Marilyn to reach the peak of her career.”

In accepting the award, Rittenhouse said, “Thank you for the award. You got me at my best and my worst, my best being nursing and my worst being public speaking. I am very proud to have been nominated.”

Mike Packnett, president and chief executive officer of Parkview Health, also spoke to the guests, touching on how important it is for Parkview to collaborate with others in the community. Packnett noted Parkview Huntington Hospital’s collaboration to help build a new YMCA, and through collaboration with Huntington University to establish the university’s nursing degree program.

“I thank you for your partnerships, and how you have collaborated with us over the years,” said Packnett. “Not-for-profit healthcare needs you and your resources. We want to partner with you to provide meaningful opportunities.”

Packnett also praised the Vision 20/20 program to develop, attract and retain talent in northeastern Indiana, a program with which he has been closely associated.

A video featuring Parkview Huntington Foundation and its contributions to the hospital, as well as a video on the healthcare service provided to the community by Rittenhouse, were shown to the audience. Master of Ceremonies for the gala was Rick DeLaney, Parkview Huntington Foundation board member.

The first Parkview Huntington Community Gala 2011 was hosted by the Parkview Huntington Hospital Board of Directors and the Parkview Huntington Foundation Board of Directors. From left to right: Rick Baker, chair of the Parkview Huntington Hospital Board of Directors; Marilyn Rittenhouse, recipient of the Dr. R.B. Peare and Dr. John B. Kay Award for Excellence in Healthcare; Darlene Garrett, Parkview Huntington Hospital chief operating officer; and Ruth Marsh, chair of the Parkview Huntington Foundation Board of Directors.