HCR honors community nursing founder Lillian Wald during National Nurses Week

Lillian Wald, the founder of community health nursing in the U.S., was honored today by HCR Home Care during the company’s National Nurses Week observance.
HCR nurses and officials held a special ceremony at Lillian Wald’s gravesite at Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester (Range 3, Lot 34, Section 11) that included placing a wreath at the site. Staff members have assisted with the upkeep of Wald’s grave, such as planting flowers and maintaining the nearby grounds, for more than 30 years.
HCR also will hold a remembrance ceremony at the company’s patient memorial garden outside its Rochester headquarters to honor HCR patients who have passed away or touched the lives of staff members.

Lillian Wald championed nursing education and a variety of social issues, coining the term “public health nurse” for nurses who worked outside hospitals in poor communities. Listed among the Jewish Women’s Archive’s Women of Valor, Wald also helped found the Henry Street Settlement House — which became the first Visiting Nurse Service in the U.S. — the National Organization for Public Health Nursing and Columbia University’s School of Nursing. She was raised in Rochester.
“Many of us in the nursing profession are deeply indebted to Lillian Wald, and we are honored to follow in her footsteps,” said Elizabeth Zicari, president, HCR Home Care. “HCR will continue to pay tribute to her memory and her legacy as our company’s mission is built on her commitment to preventive health care and the preservation of health.”
National Nurses Week, May 6-12, 2017, recognizes the role nurses play in delivering the highest level of quality care to their patients and acknowledges the strong commitment, compassion and care nurses display in their practice and profession.
About HCR Home Care
Founded in 1978, HCR Home Care (hcrhealth.com) is a leading provider of home health services to patients, physicians and other health care professionals across New York state. The company’s quality and services are routinely recognized nationally and statewide, including being named in the top 25 percent of agencies by HomeCare Elite™ and receiving the Rochester Business Ethics Award. HCR is certified and approved for Medicare, Medicaid and most commercial insurance plans. A top-ranked woman-owned business headquartered in Rochester, N.Y., the company employs 800 people and operates in 22 counties across the Catskill, Central New York, Finger Lakes and North Country regions.

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