When Dave Dendurent had his right knee replaced last September at Ascension Via Christi St. Teresa, part of Ascension Kansas, he received a thank-you card signed by the team who provided his care.

A nice touch, thought the 73-year-old retired Learjet field service representative.

He was even more impressed after having his left knee replaced at St. Teresa last month – so much so that he wrote a thank-you note in response to the one he received from the team, noting it was “a kind gesture on your part to take the time out of your busy day to organize and send the greeting. I definitely appreciate the effort.”

Additionally, he wrote, it was a pleasure to have met Brenda Larson, who popped into his room to address an IV alert “even though I wasn’t your patient.”

Brenda entered and said, “I can’t go by a room and let that go.” While she was there, she also replaced his bandage, which had become loose.

That was “over and above” his expectations, he wrote. “Then to find out you are the Chief Nursing Officer for St. Teresa but still took care of a minor occurrence was totally unexpected,” he wrote. “It is no wonder that your nursing staff is so ‘customer oriented.’ They learned it from you. I commend you for leading by example. Once again, thanks to you and your staff for your care and thoughtfulness.”

Reached later, Dave said that because of his professional background and personal history, he fully appreciates the way Brenda takes charge and takes care of those Ascension Via Christi serves.

As a customer service rep, he said, “I fixed airplanes rather than people, but we’re both trying to get things going again.” Plus, his now deceased mother was a registered nurse who served as the Director of Nursing at what today is Ascension Via Christi St. Joseph.

“Nurses are in my heart, so it’s nice to see a good one,” he said. “They are the frontline. They are the ones who can make the experience a good one or a bad one.”

At St. Teresa, he said, it definitely was a memorably good one because of Brenda and her team.