Compassionate Care and the “Sandwich Generation”

As baby boomers age, many more people will find themselves caring for their aging parents while still raising their own children. Those faced with this situation wonder: How can I do both well? And with all of my responsibilities at home, how can I be present enough for my parents to ensure that they receive …

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Striving for Humanity in End-of-Life Care

Andrea, Fran’s daughter, had hoped to give her mother something simple yet profound at the end of her life: a peaceful death. Fran witnessed her beloved husband die in unrelenting pain from lung cancer in 1970, tethered to machines in a hospital. Andrea was young when she lost her father, and yet the haunting memories …

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For Me, Compassionate Care was a Red Popsicle

Sharon McNally credits her incredible caregivers for providing her with the emotional support she needed as she underwent a series of health scares. Here, Sharon highlights her healthcare challenges, honors her caregivers and shares how a red popsicle truly changed the course of her life. Sharon has channeled her passion in many directions including serving …

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A Legacy Born from Compassion and Human Connection

Like so many proud mothers, Ellen Cohen watched her son graduate from college this spring. Later in the summer she helped organize his move to the Big Apple to pursue his passion in film. Twenty years ago, the two of them spent a profoundly different summer enduring the pain and shock of watching their beloved …

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From Caregiver to Patient: A Valuable Lesson in Compassionate Care

A very accomplished woman who always felt she was firmly in control of her surroundings, Dr. Mallika Marshall believed only one thing was missing from her life–she and her husband wanted to have children. In 2003, Mallika was early on in her career as both an urgent care doctor at Massachusetts General Hospital and a …

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Compassionate Care Has No Age Limit

From athlete to patient in a strange land Ellie’s diagnosis came out of nowhere. She was an athletic 10-year-old girl who was never sick, so no one expected her slight limp and sudden blurry vision to mean anything. Her tennis coach first mentioned his concerns when Ellie complained about not seeing the ball correctly, and …

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Compassionate Care Involves Body, Mind, and Spirit

When Coordinated Care is Lacking Can living healthy and looking well be a barrier to effective healthcare? Stephanie Wexler found this to be true when she moved to a new city with her husband and started experiencing symptoms that were somewhat vague and common, yet worrisome. She was searching for a new primary care doctor, …

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Experiencing Compassionate Care Three Times Over

Rita McDonough vividly remembers the image from more than 50 years ago of being in a hospital room as a young teen, with her doctor sitting by her side. She didn’t know why she was there, what was wrong or what the future would hold for her. But she felt good that he stayed with her, …

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A Passion for Compassion: The Healthcare Journey of Campaign Donors Betsy and Stephen Corman

A combination of five personal cancer diagnoses, two end-of-life parent journeys, one “frequent flier” aunt and over 60 combined years as IBM executives have inspired a remarkable couple to make a difference in ensuring compassionate care both for patients and at healthcare institutions. Betsy and Steve Corman want others to understand—with instinct and data—how compassionate …

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Founding Campaign Donors Mark and Becky Levin

“Compassionate care gave my mother ten more years of life and then, ultimately, a death with dignity when the cancer returned,” says Becky Levin with great emotion. “As a result, my mother was able to see her granddaughter grow up and share an important part of my life with me. We were ready to give …

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