I would like to nominate Joan Brennan from Boston Medical Center for my care in December 2012.
—Nominated by Elaine Leblanc
Marsha Stevens has been with me for 14 years as I have undergone photopheresis. She is knowledgeable, compassionate, anticipates my needs, offers comfort, support and answers all my questions. She has become the most important part of my therapy.
—Nominated by Jean L. Chesley
My husband, Thomas Gleavy, was admitted to Barbara’s unit in May 2012. From our first meeting until the day my husband was discharged, she was incredible. My husband was diagnosed with brain cancer that had traveled from his lungs. He had no symptoms prior to entering the hospital. As you can imagine, our whole family was in shock. Barbara took over and was attentive in every possible way. She made sure he had special food he liked, a room with a view, and so many other things that made a very scary situation a little easier to handle. She visited him when he was transferred to another floor. She made sure he got to see his grandchildren (even though we were breaking the rules). Barbara is the most compassionate nurse and person I have ever met. She knew my husband was not going to recover, but never made us feel hopeless. She made him laugh, and he looked forward to her visits. She was upbeat and inspiring everyday. We hoped and prayed for a miracle, but he passed away on June 30, 2012.
—Nominated by Ann Gleavy