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Nomination Letters – Lowell General Hospital

Martha Rafferty

Martha is the clinical manager of an intermediate cardiac/medical unit and a single mother of two active young boys who works full-time, yet never waivers when it comes to caring for a patient.

The summer of 2011, our sister-in-law was diagnosed with stage 4 rectal cancer. She had all but given up hope. In came “Nurse Martha,’’ as we often call her. She sat our sister-in-law down, explained her cancer at a level that was comprehensible, talked about the importance of taking care of herself, both mentally and physically, her care options, and, most importantly, told her that she would be there for her every step of the way, even in her darkest days.

Fast forward to 2014—Martha has kept that promise. Every other Sunday she is always dependably there, making a house visit to disconnect and flush her lines. If it weren’t for Martha’s meticulous bedside manner and compassionate caregiving, we might not have our sister-in-law today.

—Nominated by Mary Burt

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