My wife is a nurse, so I see a different side of nursing; I see how much my wife cares about her work when she’s off the clock. She cares about the obvious things—very sick patients, for example—but it’s the small things that really impact her. She truly cares about all of her patients (including addicts and abusers), and I cannot imagine any nurse providing more compassionate care than my wife does. Nursing is not just what she does; it’s who she is.
—Nominated by John Scopolleti
Elizabeth (Beth) Flanagan
Having been diagnosed with lung cancer (mesothelioma) last September, I began chemotherapy the next month. On my first visit to the infusion room, I must have shown some anxiety and Beth read my face. “Come right over here and have a seat,’’ she said. I felt better and knew I was going to like this nurse. As Beth prepared her tray of materials she asked, “What are your name, your birthday, and why are you here?’’ Now I knew I was in trouble. If these people didn’t know who I was and why I was there, this was not going to be easy. Beth had a big smile and let me know she would be asking my name and birth date whenever something new was done. My anxiety was gone and I just wanted to give her a big hug. We both had a little chuckle. On my last treatment in December, Beth had the day off but she let me know she would be there for me. That is going far beyond expectations but was typical behavior for Beth. Beth’s positive attitude and her confidence in giving me the best care possible made my chemotherapy a positive and successful experience at South Shore Cancer Center. I am forever grateful to Beth and the entire medical staff at the center for their caring and compassionate attention to my medical needs.
—Nominated by Peter B. Noyes
In mid-June of 2012, Patty Grazioso, an emergency room nurse at the South Shore Hospital, was awakened by an early morning phone call from her mother. This resulted in Patty rushing her mother to South Shore Hospital and immediately on to Brigham and Women’s, where her mother was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. The next 15 months, Patty served two functions: She was the loving daughter and the medical intermediary. At the initial leukemia treatments, Patty was always present, involved with the care for her mother whenever her job schedule and the care of her husband and two children allowed her time. With her nursing background, she acted as liaison between the doctors and her mother (and other family members) to explain the diagnosis, prognosis, and various medical issues related to the care of her mother.
In January 2013, following a stem cell transplant and while her mother was quarantined, Patty visited her daily, checking meds, and generally monitoring her progress. In the early fall, the leukemia returned and Patty was there daily, while maintaining her nursing assignments at the South Shore Hospital.
Sadly, in mid-September, when her mom suffered a seizure Patty, with the approval of her family, directed the ventilator to be disconnected.
I, as Patty’s grandmother, cannot put into words what this young nurse did for my daughter and for our entire family.
—Nominated by Cynthia P. Gorman
Anne Marie Guilino
Over the years I’ve head many OR visits. This year alone I’ve had four OR visits and one procedure. This is why I consider myself as somewhat of an expert on ICU care. I feel so fortunate to have had Ann Marie for a nurse. “Human Dynamo’’ doesn’t do her justice. She couldn’t do enough for me.
—Nominated by William E. Ryan
Jillian cared for our mother with tenderness, a sense of humor, and professionalism. Our mother celebrated her 90th birthday in the hospital and Jillian’s positive attitude helped her enjoy her big day. She and the staff sang happy birthday to our mother and arranged a birthday cake as well. Our family so appreciates the care Jillian gave our mother, and we also appreciate her accessibility. She always made time for us and all our questions regarding our mother’s medical condition, even though she had many other patients who needed her. We, the family of Geraldine Flanagan, thank her so much and are happy she was there to care for our mother.
—Nominated by Nancy Delehanty
Last April 12, my husband was admitted to the South Shore Hospital Emergency Room from the Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital. He had been given too much Coumadin and was bleeding from the inside, and then he started throwing up blood. He was observed throughout the night and the next day. Eventually, he was admitted to a room, and we decided collectively to let him stay until he was better. Nurse Willis met us as we were coming off the elevator to let us know that she was going to be the nurse in charge of my husband. She inspired him so much with her kindness and inspiration that he had a speedy recovery. Nurse Willis’s courtesy and professionalism was greatly appreciated by our family.
—Nominated by Mary E Wilkins