Becky Mann // Nursing Excellence

Mann---Russ-and-BeckyAs a children’s hospital nurse, Becky Mann closely followed the care of her mother, Jane Anson.  They lived in Eaton, and worked with a primary care physician at Eaton Family Care Center as well as Pulmonologist Dr. Dana Reihman for her mother’s Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).  But there came a time when Becky and her mother needed to make a decision.  Jane’s doctor recommended Hospice to keep her “stabilized and out of the hospital”.

“As a nurse, I know families have loved ones in and out of the hospital emergency room,” Becky said.  “I knew I didn’t want that to happen to my mom.”

Becky also knew the cost associated with hospital stays and ER visits.  She was certain Hospice care would keep her mother more comfortable and also relieve the financial burden.

Jane and Becky had a difficult conversation.  Hospice did not mean Jane would die the next day.  It meant she had an end of life illness.  They decided to call Reid to begin care, and decided on assisted living to have a back-up generator for her oxygen.  Jane wanted to stay in assisted living the remainder of her life.  The Hospice team “knew this desire and did what they could to make it happen,” Becky said.

“Marj Denlinger, Cathy Hale and Pat Williams (Registered Nurses) did so much about managing her illness,” said Becky.  “Instead of carting her off to the hospital, they could do labs and X-rays in her assisted living home.”

“She developed a real bond with Marj,” Becky’s husband, Russ, added.  “They were buds.”  They appreciated Elayne Toney, Patient Care Tech (PCT), for her regular visits and helping Jane bathe.

Because of Hospice, Jane was able to continue doing the things she enjoyed even in assisted living.  She got dressed with her jewelry every day.  Her friends came to her for their 50-year bridge club tradition.  She could go on an occasional ride to her favorite place, a bridge at Fort Saint Clair, where her husband proposed to her.  Community and family were her life.

Although Becky continued to work, she stayed connected with the nurses through a notepad, where they would write notes back and forth.  “I couldn’t have done it without them,” Becky said.  “Here I am a nurse, but I couldn’t’ regulate her meds.”  Becky’s nursing experience was completely different in the children’s hospital than what Jane needed.  “Marj’s expertise was great.”

After a long life and extended nursing care through Hospice, Jane passed away at the age of 89.  She was comfortable in her own assisted living home.

“Hospice prolonged her life,” Russ said.  Becky added, “Without a doubt, it gave me more time with my mom.”

The Nursing Excellence fund provides our staff with continuing education and necessary equipment to best serve patients throughout Reid’s services, whether inpatient, specialty care or hospice.  Supporting our clinical staff gives patients the best experience and the best outcomes.