“Bonnie was a savior. She went above and beyond the call of duty.” – Former NICU Patient
Bonnie Cook began her career at CHI St. Alexius Health in 1990. She started as a nurse assistant working in Maternity and Children’s. She always loved being part of a unit that involved working with the families experiencing the miracle of new life. Studying at the University of Mary, Bonnie became a registered nurse in 1992. Shortly thereafter she transferred to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) where she excelled in serving the babies who needed a higher level of care, as well as the families who were in need of much comfort and support.
Bonnie always had her patients in mind and strived to deliver exceptional care. Knowing how important technical skills are to providing the best care, Bonnie began instructing S.T.A.B.L.E. class onsite and via telemedicine to local and rural nurses. This way nurses knew what to look for in an infant to ensure he or she was stable; and if not, to ensure extra support was called. In addition, Bonnie was an active member of the Nursing Communications Ambassadors, serving on the shared governance committee, where nurses solve clinical issues and share insight on implementing best practices.
In 1995, Bonnie knew she could do more. For neonates, time is of the essence. The sooner they receive the critical care needed, the better their outcomes. Therefore, Bonnie joined the NICU transport team. She loved working with the NICU transport crew members to guarantee they reached neonates in as fast of time as possible to begin providing any and all necessary treatment.
Serving at CHI St. Alexius Health for the past 28 years, Bonnie has touched many lives, both in and outside the NICU. She was always one to volunteer, jump in, assist where needed, and ask “How can I help?” Going above and beyond was in her nature, and she was recognized for such by receiving the Higher Standard Award in August 2003 after being nominated by a family member whose baby was in the NICU.
Our hearts continue to be saddened for the loss of Bonnie Cook, and for her family members and loved ones left behind. At the same time, we want to celebrate her legacy and how she has touched so many people’s lives.
Please join us in honoring Bonnie at any one of the following services:
- Friday, November 23 at 10:30 a.m. at Messiah Lutheran Church, Mandan
Bonnie’s family’s celebration of life in her honor
- Monday, November 26 at 10 a.m. at the Bismarck Event Center
A joint celebration honoring all who perished – Bonnie, Todd Lasky (pilot) and Chris Iverson (paramedic)