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Pratibha Seth Honored with Fairhaven’s Oliver Halsell Care Award for Compassionate Care

Cynthia Adair - Monday, April 14, 2014

Pratibha Seth, a nurse on the orthopedic floor at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, is our April recipient of Fairhaven’s Oliver Halsell Care Award.

Working the night shift at St. Joseph Hospital, Pratibha can be found carefully checking on her patients, ensuring they’re receiving the care they need. After 15 years as a nurse, Pratibha draws inspiration from her experiences, which is apparent in the conscientious care she gives each patient.

“As the nighttime nurse, Pratibha approaches her responsibilities with the utmost compassion and concern,” said Marla Noel, President of Fairhaven. “She is a blessing and an angel of mercy to anyone suffering and in need of a gentle soul.”

Nearly 20 years ago, Pratibha journeyed to the United States from India to be with her husband, leaving her parents and her familiar surroundings behind. While still in India, her father, a heart patient, had received compassionate care and inspired Pratibha’s own career path. Pratibha enrolled at Santa Ana College to pursue a career as a nurse. Soon after, tragedy struck Pratibha’s family -- her mother died suddenly from a heart attack, giving her even more motivation to pursue her career goal. She wanted to provide her patients with the care she was unable to give her mother.

As a nurse, Pratibha is required to care for the general well-being of patients, but she often goes above and beyond her duties. If a patient seems emotionally distraught, Pratibha takes the time to sit and talk until he or she feels better. A mother of two daughters – including the eldest daughter who is following in her footsteps as a nurse -- the Anaheim resident says she treats each patient the way she would her own family.

“I never would have expected to be honored for doing my job,” commented Pratibha. “I try to give my patients whatever I have – my emotions and my best care.”

Pratibha will be honored at Fairhaven’s Oliver Halsell Care Awards banquet in November at Fairhaven’s Mission Viejo location. The banquet honors a year’s worth of achievements among the local community. Additionally, Fairhaven will make a donation in her honor to her selected charity, the Boys Town organization.

For more information and to nominate a deserving candidate, click here or send us an email.

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