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Filipino Capitol Member Wins HealthCare Compassion Award

Story by Laura Cook

Hospital administrators present Ester Bacud (second from right) her Compassionate Care Award.

Ester Bacud, RN, a member of Potomac Conference’s Filipino Capitol church in Beltsville, Md., was recently awarded Washington Adventist Hospital’s (WAH) first Compassionate Care Award. The new annual honor is presented to a member of the hospital community (staff, physicians, contract employees, volunteers, etc.) who best embodies the hospital’s mission to “demonstrate God’s care.”

Bacud’s co-workers nominated her because they say she brings “a sense of peace and calm” and they appreciate the way she leads in prayer. They also shared their appreciation in her taking time to listen to patients’ concerns––serving not only their physical needs but also their spiritual and emotional needs. Outside the hospital, colleagues commend Bacud’s missionary efforts in the Philippines and her efforts to gather clothing and toys for the underprivileged.