Julia Bitz

Julia Bitz

Julia Bitz, RN

Pulmonary Unit
Sanford USD Medical Center
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
United States

Our Dad was hospitalized at Sanford Medical Center.  At the age of 92, his illness not only attacked his body, but also his mind, emotions and spirit.  He was at times a difficult patient, as he refused his care and medications.

To add to the situation, Mom has dementia.  This added another facet of care because they both felt the need to be close to each other.  Any explanations given to her were soon forgotten.

Julia Bitz’s compassion in caring for Dad, her patience in dealing with Dad’s changing moods, her knowledge and willingness to spend precious time keeping us informed.  And her intuition; when my brother and I needed to make code and care decisions in light of Dad’s medical situation, her intuition told her we needed “A Hug”.

A simple gesture that meant the world at the right moment.  Julia is a nurse who exemplifies all facets of being a nurse and recognizes the needs of the patient and family.  Dad was in great hands at Sanford.  Julia proved that many times, and we knew that especially with “The Hug”.