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Bill Day - Grateful Patient

Bill Day has been a patient of St. Joe’s for nearly 20 years. He has only visited the Emergency Department five times in his life, but during all of them, he was admitted for at least a two-day stay.

The most recent stay was because of a serious asthma attack in late 2018. Bill was on a work visit in Middleton, MA when his asthma took a turn for the worse. Asked where he wanted to go for medical care, Bill insisted on making it back to “his” hospital in Nashua — St. Joe’s.

Bill says he’s often recognized by staff and feels more like a friend than a patient. “I know the care I am going to receive is top quality,” he says. “The doctors sat in my room and had a very informative discussion on what procedures they were going to perform and why. They were very interested in my feedback or concerns. That meant a lot to me. It made me feel part of the discussion.”

Bill was so impressed with St. Joseph Hospital’s philosophy of patient-centered care, he also chose primary care providers who are all part of the St. Joe’s network. “I am always bragging about St. Joseph Hospital to my friends and work associates. Whenever they mention they are looking for a new doctor or hospital, St. Joe’s is always on the tip of my tongue,” he says. “I always refer to it as ‘my’ hospital.”  

 


Lisa Hastbacka – Grateful Patient

When Lisa Hastbacka was diagnosed with breast cancer, she was terrified of what lay ahead. Nurse NavLisa Hastbacka and Kelly McAllisterigator Kelly McAllister made it a little easier – always there to answer questions, offer advice and listen.

Lisa gives to St. Joseph Hospital's Grateful Patient Program knowing it will make a difference in someone else's life. She says, "I give in in honor and appreciation of Kelly and many other staff, who made a difference in my life as a patient."

Kelly is humbled to be honored in this way and says there are so many people that contribute to what she does. "The Grateful Patient Program is important because it allows us to stop for a moment in the middle of a busy day to hear and feel the impact we are making."


Making Memories and a Positive Difference

Lemonade stands are something childhood memories are made of – and Austin and Broden Morse wanted a lemonade memory of their own.

Setting their stand up on street corner in their neighborhood, their mom, Jamie, saw a valuable teaching opportunity. They had a conversation about how fortunate they are as a family:  they have good health, a roof over their heads, everything they need, as well as many things they want. Wouldn’t it be nice, she asked, to give the money to someone in need?

Austin had a great idea about who might need some help. “Mommy, I want to give it to the doctors that got me out of your tummy!”

Jamie, a former St. Joseph employee, says she’s very proud that her boys wanted to donate to the Hospital. The boys raised an impressive $40 from their lemonade stand and the gift was directed to women’s health.


Familiar Face Helps Get Things Done 

Ethan Koplowitz is one of the friendly faces you might meet when you walk through the front doors of the hospital. Since he started at the front desk in 2016, he’s seen a lot of action – he helps nervous patients find their way, calms worried relatives, he’s even had to call the emergency medical team to respond to a pregnant woman about to deliver on the front steps (the newborn arrived just 15 minutes later; mom and baby were safe and well).

Ethan says it feels good to help people – being able to give clear directions with a smile is what brings happiness to his day. Ethan’s desire to help goes beyond days at the front desk. He is also a dedicated donor. He’s given to many areas of the hospital.

“Because,” he says, “building up the entire hospital will mean better outcomes for everyone.”

When asked why he gives, Ethan’s answer is simple. “You’ve got to help out, otherwise things can’t get done.”