Sometimes the brightest light comes from the darkest places.
That line, from the film Puncture, carries special meaning because proceeds from the November 2011 Syracuse premiere of Puncture were used to make a series of enhancements for the benefit of oncology patients and staff on the hospital's 4 South Irving unit. But the bright light of these changes came from a very dark place for all those who knew, respected and loved Allen D. Krassenbaum. Allen’s long battle with cancer ended at Crouse in September 2011,
Allen’s presence is still felt at Crouse Hospital. An electric Hoyer lift for the oncology unit was purchased in his memory, making things easier for those who deliver direct patient care. And another tribute to him can be seen in the renovation of four private rooms on the floor, creating a more homelike and peaceful setting for some of our oncology patients. Each of these rooms has a plaque by its entrance which reads, "This room furnished by the family and friends of Allen D. Krassenbaum to honor the staff of 4 South Irving."
Allen's wife, Karen, and her family selected that wording specifically to acknowledge the physicians, nurses and others who cared for Allen during his many visits to Crouse. The staff of 4 South Irving participated in the redesign of the private rooms, with attention paid to every detail, including the colors of the walls and wood, the selection of artwork and the addition of music systems. The final piece, to take place soon, will be the replacement of the current televisions with flat panel systems.
On Sunday, March 24, 2013, the four private patient rooms were dedicated in Allen's memory, which lives on within the walls of Crouse Hospital and in the hearts of his loving family and friends. Crouse President & CEO Paul Kronenberg, MD, (at left and above) was joined by Karen Krassenbaum and her family for a brief ceremony and reception.
Photos by Krassenbaum family friend Euni Balanoff.