Sister Nicole Reich, OP

Nicole Reich, OP, who ministers as a palliative care chaplain at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital, Madison, WI, received a “BEE Award for Extraordinary Staff” in recognition of the consistent quality service offered to patients entrusted to her care—care that sets her apart from her peers. Patients and their families nominate hospital staff for the Being Exceptional Everyday (BEE) Award. Eleven family members of one of Nicole’s patients shared this: “During the last day of [his] life, the team gathered us together to help make the hardest decision ever . . . determining what quality of life [he] would most benefit. Sr. Nicole’s presence was comforting and matter of fact in supporting the family. Sr. Nicole allowed us to reminisce and be thankful to God for being in [his] life. We are forever grateful for her participation in [his] care. She alerted us to when [his] soul had left . . . we pray for a new birth to heaven. We were all blessed to have her included in this difficult time.”