The Missouri Organization of Nurse Leaders has honored Helen Cassidy, R.N., BSN, MSN, Hospice Director at Mercy Hospice St. Louis with the MONL Excellence in Leadership Award. The award was presented on Thursday, Nov. 2, during an awards luncheon at the Missouri Hospital Association’s 95th Annual Convention & Trade Show in Osage Beach, Mo.
Cassidy has served as hospice director since 2011. She also has served as a board member of the Missouri Hospice and Palliative Care Association for four years.
As Mercy Hospice director, Cassidy contributed to the organization-wide awareness of hospice and helped improve collaboration within Mercy Health on heart failure management. She instituted patient rounding to understand how well patient needs were being met and what improvements could be made. Cassidy shares successes and offers praise to all members of the teams she works with — from physicians to aids. Her commitment extends to the community, where she supports grieving families and raises funds to assist in meeting the needs of families facing the loss of a loved one.