Nomination Letters – UMass Memorial Medical Center

Kathy Baker

Kathy is the most dedicated and best nurse in the emergency room at UMass Memorial, where she has worked since 1980. She has dedicated her career to that emergency room, ever since graduating from the Memorial Hospital School of Nursing. She is currently attending Worcester State College to obtain her bachelors of science degree in nursing plus working full-time. Her compassion, intelligence, and practice in the field of nursing should be honored. It is my sincere pleasure to nominate her. She is a wonderful and caring human being.

—Nominated by Pamela Flemming

Joey Hall

She is the most dedicated and best nurse in the emergency room at UMass Memorial, where she has been since 1980. Joey has dedicated her entire career to that emergency room. She is currently attending Worcester State College to obtain her bachelors of science degree in nursing plus working full-time. Her compassion, intelligence, and practice in the field of nursing should be honored. It is my sincere pleasure to nominate her. She is a wonderful and caring human being.

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—Nominated by Peter Matusow

Alexis Paquin

Alexis is the most compassionate nurse I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with. Her care for patients and their families goes above and beyond what might be expected. Lexi takes the time to learn about her patient’s life outside of the hospital walls and is known to become involved with the family as well. She’s been routinely requested by patients on the unit to be their nurse again when they are admitted for several days in a row because they know that Lexi’s care for them is genuine and heartfelt. I’ve heard Lexi say that she treats her patients as if they were her own family members, and I couldn’t agree more that this is how she treats them.

There was a patient on one of our units who had to be hospitalized for several months. Lexi, along with other nurses, participated in bringing him clothes from outside so that he’d have something to wear other than his hospital johnny. She helped collect Christmas gifts for him to give, made sure that he participated in the staff Thanksgiving and Christmas luncheons, and that he received a Christmas gift. After his discharge from the hospital, I know that Alexis followed up with him to check on him to make sure he was OK. This exemplifies how Alexis goes above and beyond for her patients.

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—Nominated by Carolyn Catton

Charlene Perron

Charlene is one of the smartest nurses I’ve had the pleasure to work with. She excels in her practice by providing safe patient care during every shift that she works. Charlene’s greatest assets are that she is a team player, she can stay calm during an emergency situation, and she will be the strongest advocate that a patient can have. Charlene is seen as a leader on the floor and is also viewed as a great resource who comes with a wealth of knowledge.

She is a “go to’’ person amongst her peers for troubleshooting and problem solving. Charlene enjoys learning new things within her practice and passing her knowledge on to others. As a preceptor to a new generation of nurses, Charlene brings experience and a set of skills that cannot be demonstrated in a classroom setting. Charlene has the ability to set an example of embracing new technology in her practice while also showing new nurses how to provide holistic care for patients at the bedside.

—Nominated by Carolyn Catton

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