Barbara Chenoweth, the nurse practitioner at Carleton-Willard Village, a continuing care, not-for-profit retirement community in Bedford, is retiring after 15 years as clinic administrator of the Outpatient Clinic. The residents of Carleton-Willard enthusiastically nominate this amazing woman who has made a significant contribution to our lives.
We salute you, Barbara. You have earned out admiration and respect. You have carried out your duties of clinical practice, administration, and health advocacy with professionalism, warmth, and compassion.
We are a community of seniors with multiple and complex medical, social, and personal nursing challenges affecting us and our families. Barbara has always been there with support and advice as we aged and lost our independence by giving up drivers’ licenses, becoming less mobile, losing a spouse, enduring long bouts of rehabilitation, and having to accept reality and move from independent living into units offering increased care.
She has great diagnostic skill, sometimes identifying a problem not seen by a doctor. As a lifelong learner, she continues to pursue research in medical areas that benefit residents. Her current research has led to two helpful talks on cancer survival.
Barbara publishes “To Your Health,’’ a monthly newsletter, which discusses the latest health information and encourages us to lead active, healthier lives. She also plans health education events that bring in medical experts from the Boston area.
Barbara is an exceptional and professional nurse. She has devoted her career to make our lives healthier and happier, and she will be sorely missed.
—Nominated by Anne Larkin and Joan Kaufman