Meet David Bartish


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Mercy Health - Cincinnati, OH

David invests in nursing education to honor his last wife

Joyce Bartish loved being a nurse. She found a family of like-minded caregivers at Mercy Health - West Hospital, where she worked for 22 years. Joyce passed away in 2017, but her memory lives on through the Joyce Bartish Educational Fund.

“Her passion was bedside nursing,” says David Bartish, Joyce’s husband of 35 years. “She simply loved being in front of patients. Joyce established a reputation amongst her peers as a model nurse.”


“Joyce loved learning about her profession. We created a fund to educate nurses and help pay for professional advancement programs.”


After Joyce's passing, David wanted to create a lasting legacy for his wife. He knew she would want help other nurses get as much joy out of the profession as she did.

“It’s just perfect. We received many donations when she passed and I continue to donate every year. The fund keeps her spirit alive."

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David's tribute to his wife, Joyce, benefits nurses across Cincinnati

After his wife's passing, David wanted a way to honor her passion for nursing and keep her memory alive. He established the Joyce Bartish Nursing Education Fund to support educational opportunities for nurses in Cincinnati. Listen to David describe Joyce in his own words.