Thanks to the generosity of the Bialis family, each month one lucky — and deserving — local nurse will be the recipient of a $3,000 award. The Bialis Family Foundation recently established this honor to raise awareness and appreciation for our community’s hard-working caretakers. “Nursing is one of the most under-appreciated professions in the country,” said Ellen Bialis.
Carol Leidner, a clinical nurse in the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital Intensive Care Unit, is the first to receive the honor. Leidner has been a nurse at Cottage since 1973 and a Clinical Research Nurse since 1996; co-workers at Cottage say there could not have been a more qualified nurse for this award.