As wife nears the end of her life, MSU staff helps couple celebrate their wedding anniversary
MSU staff were recently caring for a patient who was nearing the end of her life. In speaking with this patient’s husband, Mary Cohn, the clinical educator, discovered that their wedding anniversary was coming up. When Mary asked if there was anything the staff could do to help celebrate this special day, he jokingly answered, “A steak dinner would be nice!”
Mary informed Justin Bowser, MSU’s clinical director, of this opportunity and he immediately went to work. He found out this couple’s first date was at Adam’s Grille in Edgewater (over 25 years ago!) and convinced them to allow him to purchase them a delicious anniversary meal from this restaurant. The rest of the staff pitched in to plan the party, while Mary ordered a cake and Charge Nurse MaryAnn Julian brought in a card and flowers.
They pulled off a fantastic anniversary party. As the couple sat together for their dinner of shrimp and ribs, they were joined by family, friends, and AAMC staff. Staff offered their gifts and best wishes for their anniversary. Tears of joy and appreciation filled the room.
“This shows our care and compassion here at AAMC,” says Justin. “We are willing to go the extra step to show our appreciation for patients and their families.”
Sadly, the patient passed away the day after their anniversary. Our deepest sympathies go out to this family, but we are comforted to know that during her last days she was surrounded by love and was able to enjoy a wonderful last anniversary dinner with her beloved husband by her side.