Tiffany Rinne, RN, BSN, leads with compassion


Each year, a number of Barnes-Jewish Hospital departments and units adopt families for the holidays. Last year, 54 patient families were adopted by team members throughout the hospital. The family adopted by the mother/baby unit on 6800 included a mom and her two children. The items on their list were modest — clothes, sheets and other essentials. The family’s big wish was a bed for one of the kids.
“Our assistant nurse managers really led the team and rallied to get the items the family needed, but we were saddened to think we couldn’t get the bed,” says Meghan Westerheide, RN, BSN, clinical nurse manager. “As Christmas neared, Tiffany Rinne, RN, BSN, one of our assistant nurse managers, took the donations we received and went to buy the items. When she saw that the donations wouldn’t cover everything we wanted to give the family, Tiffany spent her own money.”
The unit was able to give the family everything on their list, as well as new coats and shoes for the children, new clothes for everyone, a gift card to Wal-Mart and a few toys.
But, according to Westerheide, Rinne had another trick up her sleeve. She and her husband had recently bought a new king-size bed. After a week, they realized the mattress wasn’t for them. They were going to exchange it and get a new mattress, when Rinne had the idea to give it to the family in need.
“The social work team contacted the mother, who, very excitedly, said they could fit it in her child’s room. To keep it a surprise, Tiffany coordinated with the family to get it picked up from her home and delivered in time for Christmas,” Westerheide says.
Westerheide recognizes the compassion and generosity of the entire team on 6800, but specifically Rinne. “For anyone who knows Tiffany, they know this is who she is — always smiling and looking for a way to help someone who needs it. She is a shining example of what it means to be ‘powered by kindness.’”



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