"The Community Health Service Award, established by the Dakota Hospital Foundation Board of Directors in 2001, recognizes outstanding contributions of time, talent and resources benefiting the health of the community," Ketcham said.
The recipients are selected for their significant lifetime dedication and their unique, noteworthy contributions to community health services.
Lund grew up in a blended family of seven children on a small farm in southeast Nebraska. When she was 15, she began working at a local hospital as a nurse's aide, and graduated from nursing school in Lincoln, NE in 1958.
She and her husband, Bob, were married a year later. Marcy Lund continued her nursing career in Lincoln, Wayne, NE, and Sioux City, IA.
In 1971, she and Bob moved to Vermillion where he started the Walgreen Drug Store, which is now Choice Pharmacy. Marcy began working at Dakota Hospital from 1971 until she began working full-time at Clay County Community Health in 1982. She remained county health nurse until 2001, dedicating 25 years of her professional career in this capacity.
After retiring from community health nursing, she took a parish nurse course, and began the parish nurse program at Trinity Lutheran Church.
In the last five years, she and her volunteers have made 356 parish nurse visits. She has served 13 families in the Good Shepherd Program, and conducts monthly blood pressure screenings, monthly worship services at Town Square Apartments, monthly prayer services at Vermillion Assisted Living, and monthly foot care clinics at Trinity Lutheran Church.
She has taught the Heimlich Maneuver and hand washing to Sunday School groups, sponsored an exercise group, a community blood drive, a flu vaccine clinic, and a forum on Medicare Part D.
"In addition to all of these activities, she continues to be an integral part of developing outreach programs, touching the lives of many age groups throughout the Vermillion community," Ketcham said.
She and Bob are parents of three daughters, and greatly enjoy nine grandchildren in their family. The Lunds also have served as foster parents over the years, and Marcy's love for children continues to be nourished by volunteering at Head Start one day each week.
"Our award winner's motto is 'Faith, family and friends,' which is truly evident in all that she does," Ketcham said. "I have personally witnessed the caring and love that she has shown and continues to show to those who have been touched by her many years of dedicated service."
Ketcham added that Lund's contributions to people in the Vermillion community are legendary. "She is truly an inspirational example for the rest of us to follow," she said.
After accepting the award following a long, standing ovation before a capacity banquet crowd, Lund admitted she was honored and overwhelmed.
"This is one of the nicest things that has ever happened to me, and what makes it truly special is this is nurse's week," she said.
She admitted, jokingly, that the special work of the foundation to recognize her accomplishments "seems like a lot of fuss to me for just doing my job and just loving the nursing profession, and I never could have done this without God's gifts" including her health, her family and her co-workers.
"I've worked with some wonderful people in Vermillion in the 36 years we've been here," she said.
She also thanked Rev. Judith Johnson, Rev. Ed Anderson, members of Trinity Lutheran Church and members of the Vermillion community for supporting her in her latest venture of parish nursing.