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Nomination Letters – Newton-Wellesley Hospital

Kim Fontaine

Marlene Carmichael arrived at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in early February; she was seriously ill. The staff on Usen 6 is professional, attentive, and compassionate. One particular nurse went beyond her nursing responsibilities, in noticing her patient’s damaged fingernails. After her shift, Fontaine returned to Newton-Wellesley with a bottle of nail polish, polish remover, and emery boards. Mrs. Carmichael was deeply moved that her nurse came back to visit and also provided a manicure along with two coats of Crimson nail polish. (Nurse Kim enlisted her husband who had gone out and purchased the polish.)

The next day, I was fortunate to be one of the first to notice Mrs. Carmichael’s lovely nails and how profoundly grateful she was. What Kim did was kind and compassionate, and typical of the many varied ways our staff takes pride in caring for and about patient’s well-being. Mrs. Carmichael wanted to do something for Kim, and we noticed your Salute to Nurses, and that is the rest of the story.

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—Nominated by Chaplain Judy Sweet

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