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“She was my lifeline.”

Julie Lynch’s workday as a BID-Plymouth Emergency Department nurse started on an unusual note earlier this month when she was surprised by a large group of smiling people waiting for her. Julie stood in stunned silence as a staff member read through an emotional testimonial from Julie’s former patient, Tina. Three years ago, Tina had been rushed to the Emergency Department because of a brain aneurysm, and, thanks in large part to the efforts of Julie, had miraculously survived.

Julie received a second surprise when Tina herself emerged from the crowd to give her former nurse a tearful hug and present her with a certificate and pin that marks her as an honored caregiver. These select caregivers have made such an impact on a patient that, as an expression of gratitude, the person makes a gift to the hospital in the employee’s name.

Tina credits nurse Julie for saving her life. Said Tina, “If it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t be here.”