Without a doubt, Christine not only changed my life, but also helped me welcome a new life into this world: my son. Christine was there every second through hours of painful labor and helped me every step of the way. Not only did she stay late after her overnight shift had already ended to help me, but she did it on her own birthday. Although Christine wasn’t there for the delivery, she somehow guessed his height and weight perfectly. A true angel. Thank you always, Christine.
—Nominated by Meredith Makin
On April 20, 2012 I had surgery at Beverly Hospital. My diagnosis was stage 3 rectal cancer. The surgery was preceded by both chemotherapy and radiation. Following surgery and recovery, I was taken to J2. That is where I met nurse Sally Tlumacki, an RN with 30 years of experience. Sally was my nurse during my hospitalization. When the epidurals failed to manage my pain, Sally notified the anesthesiologists. It became necessary to give additional epidurals to make me comfortable. Sally carefully monitored my progress and was able to report and identify problems as they occurred. I know that I benefitted from her years of training and experience. My stage 3 cancer required me to have a permanent colostomy. It was a very difficult emotional time, not only for me, but also for my wife, Carol. One cannot even imagine the emotional roller coaster that we experienced. Sally reached out to both of us to calm our fears and reassure us.
—Nominated by Albert Locke