Shore Memorial Hospital recognized 30 of its physicians, nurses and employees as Guardian Angels during a ceremony on Monday, Nov. 24.
The Shore Memorial Health Foundation’s Guardian Angel Program gives grateful patients and family members the opportunity to recognize their special caregiver or caregivers for their commitment to providing outstanding patient care. Through the program, patients and family members make a tribute contribution in their caregiver’s name to support Shore Memorial in its mission. Those named Guardian Angels received a Jody Serago custom designed Guardian Angel pin.
Matt and Grace Traa of Linwood, nominated Marie D’Amato, a registered nurse in Shore Memorial’s Maternity Care Center, as their Guardian Angel after the birth of their child John “Jack” Richard Traa in May.
Although Jack was the couple’s second child together—Matt also has an older daughter Nikki from a previous marriage—they were nervous about what to expect during the birth experience. Their daughter Mattie Ann was born at Shore Memorial in September 2003. Because of a serious heart condition, Mattie Ann was transferred to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for more acute neonatal care shortly after birth.
Fortunately, D’Amato’s caring demeanor helped assuage the parents’ fears. She was able to care for them during Jack’s birth and throughout most of their hospital stay.
“Having Jack was almost like a first child experience for my wife. Marie was wonderful with Grace. She took the time to explain everything to us,” says Matt Traa.
Caption: Marie D’Amato, a registered nurse in Shore Memorial’s Maternity Care Center, reunites with the Traa family of Linwood who nominated D’Amato as their Guardian Angel in recognition of her commitment to providing outstanding patient care. Pictured left to right are Mattie Ann Traa, Marie D’Amato, RN, holding Jack Traa, Grace Traa, Matt Traa and Nikki Traa.