First, we would like to thank the Warwick Ambulance Corps for their quick response in taking our loved one, Howard “Pete” Masker, to St. Anthony Community Hospital. Your professionalism and thoughtfulness was greatly appreciated.
No words could ever express our appreciation for the love and support that was shown, not only to our loved one during his stay at St. Anthony Community Hospital until is passing, but to our entire family as well.
Although we sincerely thank all of you at St. Anthony’s for your kindness during this most difficult time, we would like to extend special thanks to the following:
We thank the receptionists who never failed to ask us how he was doing or how were we.
We thank ALL of the nurses in ICU for your kind understanding. We thank Holly and Karen in ICU for understanding the importance of family being around in his four days there. It meant a lot to us, and we know it meant a lot to him, as his family meant the world to him. You have hearts of gold.
We thank ALL of the amazing first floor nurses and aides who not only listened but reached out with a caring hug. We thank Rob and Matthew, the evening nurses, who reassured us it was okay to go home when we didn’t want to leave.
We thank Gabby and Tiffany who solely took care of him in his final days. These two young nurses went above and beyond their nursing duties with caring compassion, making sure he was comfortable and that we were okay. They listened attentively when we spoke of how much our loved one meant to us. They were kind, concerned and patient to all of us.
We thank Cathy Moore and Alisa Adams who made sure we had a fresh coffee cart each and every day. Their thoughtfulness was greatly appreciated.
We thank ALL of the clergy who stopped by with a prayer, especially Father Jamie who made his rounds just to make sure all was the best it could be.
We extend a sincere thank you to Dr. Villegas. It meant so much that, as a doctor who had just met our family, and under the saddest of circumstances, spoke as if she had personally known our loved one and our family for years. She stood by our sides with kindness and caring. She was honest yet consoling. She hugged when s he knew one of us needed one. She spoke in her soft voice, reassuring us all that it was going to be okay. She understood! She understood us!
We cannot find enough words in thanking Dr. Fiore (Palliative Care) for being such a genuine human being. Without him, we would not have been able to face the inevitable given the outlook our loved one was facing. He took his time in explaining everything to us, and he listened to our questions and concerns. He was compassionate and sincere. We trusted him. We felt comfort in knowing he didn’t take things lightly. He was there for us. Not just one of us – ALL of us. This type of caring is not taught, It’s an admirable trait for which it seems to come natural to Dr. Fiore.
We also cannot thank Renee Desrats enough for her devotion to our family. She always listened. At times, she listened for hours on end. She was never quick to leave. She sensed when she was needed. We shared wonderful, loving stories. She was there every single morning. She knew exactly what we needed to hear. We chatted. We laughed. We cried. At times, we sat in silence. Our family has the utmost gratitude for all she did for us. Being a caseworker is not a “job” to Renee – it is her calling, and we thank her from the bottom of our hearts.
ROSEMARIE MASKER ON BEHALF OF THE MASKER FAMILY