SOMERS POINT — When a patient or family member has an exceptional experience thanks to the actions of a Shore Medical Center caregiver, they have an option to make a donation to Shore in the caregiver’s name through its Guardian Angel program. In 2018, a record 77 Guardian Angel recognitions were presented to 66 Shore staff members through the program, with some receiving recognition two and even three times from patients.
On Dec. 6, these caregivers were celebrated at the annual Guardian Angel Pinning Ceremony held at Shore, where they received custom-designed guardian angel pins for the difference they made. They enjoyed the spotlight while in the presence of their families, colleagues, and friends — and in many cases the patients and families they helped. Guests enjoyed refreshments while watching the Guardian Angels receive their pins from Shore’s Chief Nursing and Operations Officer Linda Kenwood. Recipients included physicians, nurses, aides, housekeeping workers and dietary services staff.
Mary McGuckin, manager of the Guardian Angel program, said Guardian Angel recognitions have a doubly important role.
“While our Guardian Angel donors are supporting the medical center, these gifts also shine a spotlight on the exceptional caregivers at Shore, making them an example for their peers and emphasizing our commitment to patient-centered care,” McGuckin said. “Visiting the medical center can be a stressful and nerve-wracking experience, but the actions of our passionate caregivers like our Guardian Angels help make that experience so much better.”
To honor a Shore Medical Center Guardian Angel, contact the Shore Medical Center Planned Giving & Development Department at 609-653-3800 or see GiveToShore.org.