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Item ID: 7140

Jewish-American Hall of Fame - Lillian Wald Bronze Medal - The Jewish Florence Nightingale
Price: $85.00
Fewer than 250 bronze art medals commemorating Lillian Wald, “The Jewish Florence Nightingale,” have been issued by the Jewish-American Hall of Fame. Each high relief medal is over 2 inches in diameter and weighs about 3 oz. Lillian Wald, the 2007 honoree of the Jewish-American Hall of Fame, was previously inducted into the Hall of Fame of Great Americans and the National Women’s Hall of Fame, and she was one of the first inductees into the American Nurses Association Hall of Fame.

In a speech made to Vassar students in 1915, Ms. Wald encouraged the young women to serve the public. She quoted from Proverbs 31:20, “She reacheth forth her hands to the needy.” These inspiring words are inscribed on the medals commissioned in her honor, designed by award-winning sculptor Virginia Janssen.

In 1893, Wald created the Henry Street Visiting Nurse Service, which became the major model for visiting nursing in the United States. Their headquarters became the Henry Street Settlement House. In 1898, they had a staff of eleven full time workers, nine of them nurses, and by 1916 there were more than one hundred nurses. Today, the Visiting Nurse Service of New York is the largest not-for-profit home health care agency in the nation, making over two million professional home visits to more than 100,000 patients each year.

 

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