Here at Community Medical Centers, the Honor Your Care Hero program allows patients to make a donation and say thanks to the caregivers who made an impact on them. It’s a way to help our patients heal and share their gratitude for those who provided exceptional care during their time of need. We caught up with Jane Watt – the first hero honored and a veteran nurse at Community Regional Medical Center.
It was a surprise visit that registered nurse Jane Watt did not see coming. Former patient Butch Peters wanted to say thank you to Jane for the care she gave him 18 years ago when he battled leukemia.
Butch exclaimed, “Jane was in charge of the floor and Jane and her people are very, very good to me. There’s no question about that.”
Butch remembers when Jane was there for him.
“She used to come in my room all the time. We used to talk, she used to change my chemo and all this and that, and the other thing, and I don’t know, she was just nice to be around,” Butch stated.
Jane explained, “It’s a challenge for our leukemia patients to be there, and they just spend a lot of time in the hospital and it’s rough. You just get the rug pulled out from under you when you get a leukemia diagnosis, so they’re special for us.”
Giving back runs in the family for Butch. His uncle is Leon S. Peters, who along with his wife Alice, started the tradition of the Peters’ family’s generous support of Community Medical Centers.
So like his uncle, when Butch had the opportunity to give back and honor Jane, he jumped at the chance. Through the Honor your Care Hero program, grateful patients like Butch can make a donation in their care hero’s name and write them a personal thank you note.
Jane said it’s in her nature to be a caregiver. She’s been a registered nurse for more than 30 years.
“I take care of my patients the way I would want to be taken care of or my family,” commented Jane.
Each grateful patient’s donation will help the area of greatest need at their care hero’s facility. And with a $100 donation or higher, care heroes like Jane receive a lapel pin to wear proudly.
Butch said, “More people should be like her.”
Jane said she’s grateful to be honored, but seeing her patients like Butch living for today is what makes her truly smile.
“He’s great. I love him, we just love our patients that come back to see us, and they’re doing well!” ended Jane.
Anyone who works for Community Medical Centers can be honored to be a care hero. All donations are welcome, big or small. If you’d like to honor someone, click here.