This story could have been better timed to the Easter holiday, but its message transcends seasons or dates on a calendar. It has to do with heart and soul, compassion and connection.
Last Friday long-time Crouse Nurse Assistant Warren Hughes did what he's done for many prior Good Fridays: He came into work and got right to the task at hand — assembling holiday baskets to distribute to each patient on his floor, 4 South Irving. Nobody ever asked Warren to do this; he just did. And continues to do. Every holiday, he has a gift for those spending special times during the year in a hospital bed.
This year, Warren had a unique helper: Professor Lucina Hernandez Laundré, a breast cancer patient who happened to be at Crouse for infusion therapy on Good Friday. Dr. Laundré, a faculty member in the SUNY Oswego biological sciences department and director of Rice Creek Field Station, came to the United States from her native Mexico in the fall 2008.
With good nature, Warren and Dr. Laundré, comfortable in the infusion recliner, filled one basket after the next with candy Easter eggs and other treats. When asked why he does this, Warren responded, "For my patients."
An authentically shared moment such as this, between our staff and patients and family members, can't be bottled or manufactured. It comes from the heart, which Warren and so many other Crouse employees have in abundance.
Felice Pascuas, Dr. Laundré, and best wishes on your journey to recovery.