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Nomination Letters – Natick VNA

Lynn Carriker

My mother had a number of health related issues this past couple of years: a fractured hip in late 2012 and a heart attack in the spring of 2013. Lynn was frequently the nurse who would visit my mom upon her return home. Because of my mother’s age (97) and her sensitivity to medications, Lynn often had to consult with her primary care doctor about the often-daily changes that my mom was going through. Lynn was incredibly patient and caring with my mom. She kept me informed with follow-up phone calls to make sure that I was in the loop and would also just check in on her day off to see how my mother was doing. I was impressed with her level of care and her patience. My mom has hearing loss, and Lynn would always make a point of sitting on the hassock in front of her chair to make sure that my mother understood every word. She was always respectful and supportive to both of us.

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—Nominated by Jane Hardin

Gina Meleski

Gina has been so helpful to us at a time late in our lives when our health needs require professional care. Gina visits our home at least once a week, tending to home health monitoring and offering advice on a wide range of our personal needs. The expanse of her nursing expertise never ceases to amaze us. Moreover, Gina is a good listener, inspiring confidence in us when we need it most. She is a real healthcare pro, one of the best nurses we’ve ever met.

—Nominated by Mary Patton

Deb Wright

Our family met Deb Wright, a Natick VNA nurse, in 2005 when my dad was recovering from surgery. In the years since then, she has treated my dad several times as he recovered from falls, and my mother who had heart surgery, hip replacements, and several falls. She is currently helping my mom once again recover from a fall.

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Deb is the most caring and knowledgeable nurse we have encountered. She has diagnosed things missed by others. She has been in touch with me many times on her own time, since I don’t live in the area, to inform me of progress or problems.

She goes beyond the boundaries of her job to help. Her kindness, compassion, understanding, and respect for the elderly put her in a class above the rest. Consider yourself lucky if the Natick VNA puts Deb Wright in charge of your care. Our thanks to a special nurse.

—Nominated by Joan (Pehoviak) Ayotte

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