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Nomination Letters – Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children

All OR Nurses

Been in OR three times recently. OR nurses are so kind.

—Nominated by Jane B. Dolph

Elizabeth Ashe

Miss Liz has played an amazing role in our son’s inpatient care. Not only is she an amazing nurse, but also she has gained my son’s trust and is an amazing friend to him. She has made his fifth birthday a day to remember, held his hand through countless IV sticks, wiped away tears, played tons of Candy Land, sung silly songs, stayed past her shift to help him through a difficult time, and provided endless hugs. We are so blessed to have her on his team.

— Nominated by Jennifer Burbank

Claudia Ballway

I met Claudia one year ago, the day after I was involved in the Boston Marathon bombing. She became my nurse when I was moved from the ICU to Proger 5 North at Tufts Medical Center. That night, she got me my own room so my family could stay with me every night. The next day, I was lucky enough to have her as my nurse again when she helped me with everything. I couldn’t walk, I couldn’t use my hands, and I couldn’t move my neck. She answered questions and made sure she was there when the doctors made their rounds. I developed a very close relationship with her. From then on, I would request her every time she worked because she was the best. She even lobbied the hospital lawyers so I could visit my boyfriend at Beth Israel. He was in a coma for eight days and had lost his leg. Claudia went above and beyond every day I was in the hospital. On my six-month anniversary, she helped me arrange a return visit to see all the nurses who cared for me. When I became engaged in December, she was one of the first to send me a congratulatory message. I could never thank her enough for her unbelievable care, but the least I can do is nominate this fabulous young woman who is a rock star at her job.

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—Nominated by Jacqui Webb

Lucy Dominguez

Do you believe in walking angels? If not, you should, because Tufts Medical Center has them walking around on Proger 6 in the Critical Care Unit and the archangel of them all is Lucy Dominguez. When my mother, Natalie Franklin, was taken to the emergency room at TMC for a very long list of acute illnesses, she was ultimately admitted to the Critical Care Unit. Upon her admission, we were blessed to have Dr. Jeffrey Kuvin and his team from the Cardiology Service as her admitting physician. But, the nurses and staff in the CCU absolutely deserve all the accolades, applause, kudos, and every other recognition bestowed upon them. From the unit secretaries down to the cleaning staff, they could not have been kinder, sweeter, more attentive, caring, compassionate, and more loving towards my mom.

You see, my mother has severe agoraphobia and had not been outside her home (except in very rare instances) in over 40 years. Her anxiety level was off the charts, along with her blood pressure. But, everyone in the CCU made her comfortable and reassured her every step of the way. We were with my mom 24/7 because of her agoraphobia and to help alleviate her fears, as she has lived a very sheltered life due to her illness and is not well versed regarding the medical world. Throughout our stay in the CCU (two admissions), Lucy Dominguez and the crew were absolutely phenomenal; we couldn’t have asked for better care anywhere in the Boston area. Even if Lucy was not her nurse of the day, she would always stop in to say hello, chat with my mother, hold her hand, fluff her pillows, rub her back, and just comfort her. Through every medical crisis that my mother went through while in CCU, Lucy was right there to hold her hand and oversee that measures were taken to ease my mother through the issue at hand. When we received the news that my mother’s outcome was not good, Lucy was right there to hug us, and she comforted each and every family member while we cried.

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—Nominated by Christine Robertson

Tiffany Laroche

One day last April, before she reported to work at Tufts Medical Center at 11 a.m., Tiffany dropped her baby off at day care and paid her boyfriend’s cell phone bill. It had been shut off. She was in charge of the OR that day. Even on the best days, there are tricky tightrope walks between efficiency and surgeons’ egos, but that day would be like no other. It was Marathon Monday 2013. Later that week, she would be one of a half dozen staffers selected to represent the hospital when President Obama visited Boston to begin the healing. For her calm handling of the operating department in the midst of a catastrophe no one could have imagined, I am nominating her as among the best of local nurses.

—Nominated by Michaline LaRoche

Pam Levy

Pam Levy is a wonderful, kind, caring, thoughtful, do-anything-for-you-anytime-no matter-what kind of nurse. We have Pam every time we are admitted, because she’s very smart and fun and knows a lot about kids like mine, fragile kids with medically complex issues. The most complicated kids go to her, and she is very proud to admit that. She always goes above and beyond the call of duty; if you haven’t eaten she will make sure you do, even if it comes from her own lunch. We love her.

—Nominated by Tammy Tansey

Cathy MacPherson

My daughter was diagnosed with stage 4 Ewings sarcoma cancer in December 2010. Cathy has been by her side ever since, showing her love and compassion. My daughter is now 16 years old, and the bond between the two of them is beyond words. Cathy works hard at what she does and always communicates with us through calls or emails. She never lets us worry and handles everything that comes up. We are honored to have her by our daughter’s side, helping her mend through this complicated disease.

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—Nominated by Jackie Murphy

Liz Mobassaleh

Liz was my daughter Elizabeth’s oncology nurse until Elizabeth passed away last month. Elizabeth couldn’t wait to go to clinic every week to see Liz. She was always greeted with a big smile and a hug from Liz. When Elizabeth was too sick to go to clinic, Liz would make a house call to check her. If Elizabeth was getting anxious about yet another MRI, a quick call to Liz would put a smile on her face. Liz was with Elizabeth and our family at our home when Elizabeth died of brain cancer on Feb. 12.

—Nominated by Kathy Schickel

Cate Mullen

Cate is the nurse coordinator of breast health at Tufts Medical Center and her caring demeanor, consistent support, and demonstrated skill at nursing have made a great difference in the care I’ve received for my cancer and the quality of life I enjoy daily.

I first met Cate in April, 2000, at age 67, when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. She provided post-operative care following my mastectomy. Her warm smile and kind way were very reassuring at a time of uncertainty, and I always remembered and appreciated her for that. Last March 2013, at age 80, I discovered that my cancer had metastasized and I was back at Tufts for more treatment. Although my news was not good, it was a great relief to find a warm, familiar face in the Breast Health Center, Cate Mullen.

I visit Cate each month to receive therapy and am always reassured by her positive and caring attitude, patient and warm approach, and her vast and varied set of skills. I am very grateful for Cate’s care.

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—Nominated by Carole Lawson

Kathryn Peuser

My grandson JJ was diagnosed with cancer last October at 21 months. He has been in and out of the hospital (mostly in) since then. Kathy has been the best. She takes such excellent care of JJ, who is non-verbal. She gives the family the space they need but also information and support when asked. I have so much to say about her and it’s all good. Kathy is a comfort to her patients and their families. She has such a good demeanor and friendly personality. We are so blessed to have her in JJ’s life.

—Nominated by Barbara Deatherage

Kristin Wilner

On January 4, my eight-week-old daughter was rushed to Tufts Medical Center after her lung collapsed due to a respiratory virus (RSV). From day one, the nurses were all unbelievable, but it was Kristin Wilner who was there putting a smile on my face and making me laugh through even my darkest hours. Abby spent close to five weeks in the PICU and came close to losing her life, but with the support and care of Kristin and all the nurses helping, we are home today.

—Nominated by Victoria Graf

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