Nurses honored at annual awards ceremony for Nurses Week

Mather Hospital wrapped up its 2023 Nurses Week celebration with the annual Nursing Awards. The winners were honored by their peers for their exceptional dedication to patient care, leadership, or nursing education. The recipients of this year’s awards were: DAISY Leadership Award: Nicole Hoefler, RN DAISY Award: Stephanie Crispino, RN Zuckerberg Award: Gerald Lunetta, RN…

Beating a deadly blood clot

Marnie Busdeker couldn’t wait to get back to her students. She’d had ligament surgery on her ankle and had stayed off her feet for weeks while she healed. But on the morning of March 9, 2022, protected with a walking boot and equipped with a knee scooter to help her get around, the 40-year-old special education teacher from Selden happily headed back to work. By midday, however, Busdeker found herself in the school nurse’s office. “My leg was swollen from the knee down,” she recalls. “And I had a lot of pain in my calf.” She headed home to ice and elevate her leg, but in the morning the pain was worse. She went to a physical therapy appointment later that day where, after one look, her therapist told her to head straight to the hospital.

One Year, Two Cancers

It started with a simple stomachache. But over several days in August 2020, Teresa Bermudez’s discomfort grew to what she calls “howling pain,” until, finally, she went to the emergency department at Mather Hospital. There, a computed tomography (CT) scan revealed a bowel obstruction something was blocking food and liquid from passing through her intestines.…

Mather Offers High-Precision, Robotic-Assisted Partial Knee Replacement

Mather Hospital now offers a high-precision, robotic-assisted partial knee replacement procedure as an alternative to total knee replacement for patients with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis that is generally limited to one portion of the knee. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that results in wearing and eventual loss of cartilage. The partial knee procedure removes…