Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
By Carl Hoffman
Thursday, Oct. 21, we received the terribly sad news that Kristi Merten was killed in a tragic automobile accident. She has left behind husband Steve and five children; Brooke, Luke, Rachel, Paige and Jackie. Her parents, Howard and Terri Bahn, her husband Steve, and all of her family, as well as many of us that knew her well, are incredibly proud of Kristi's accomplishments as a graduate of the College of St. Benedict nursing class of 2000.
Kristi has received many testimonials attesting to her skill and compassion as a pediatric critical care nurse at the St. Cloud Hospital. She had a tremendous compassion for the well being of her young patients and quickly earned their respect, love and adoration. On occasion, her genuine concerns for her patients even lead to questioning a doctor regarding his orders. The mother of one of her patients, a boy with Type 1 diabetes who had a severe anaphylactic reaction from allergy shots, writes; "My son was placed under Kristi's care in the pediatric unit of St. Cloud Hospital, and I remember Kristi walking into the hospital room for the first time. Her big smile, bright eyes and zest of energy instantly comforted my son. I will be forever grateful to Kristi for her compassionate nursing skills as well as being an amazing person."
Carie Braun, Chair of the College of St. Benedict Department of Nursing, informs us that Kristi was educated in the Main Building 4th floor at the College of St. Benedict. This was the place where the nursing students learned how to be the best nurses possible and to exude evidence-based practice, even before that phase existed. The Main 4th floor looks very much today as it did in 2000 when Kristi graduated. The nursing department is working diligently to change that. New plans are in the works for the long-awaited simulation laboratory along with state-of-the-art collaborative classrooms, a functional home-care space, and a nurse's station.
To honor Kristi, the members of the College of St. Benedict Department of Nursing are going to dedicate the pediatric critical care and family nursing simulation to her. Her name will continue to live through and among those who use and visit the building. Kristi's children and family will be ever-reminded of how important she was to the members of the nursing department as both a colleague and friend.
You can help make this a reality. In total, $125,000 will need to be raised to build and equip Kristi's Room. Your immediate gift or a pledge gift will be greatly appreciated. All contributions will be earmarked for Kristi's Room. THANK YOU!
Send your gift to the following address:
College of Saint Benedict
ATTN: Carie Braun
37 S. College Ave
St. Joseph, MN 56374
Check the progress of Kristi's Room on the nursing department website beginning Jan. 1, 2011: www.csbsju.edu/nursing.
If you have questions, contact Carie Braun, Chair of the Department of Nursing at (320) 363-5223. For a packet showing the plan for the Nursing Department Transformation including Kristi's Room and more information on contributing to her room, Contact Carl Hoffman at (320) 398-5390.