Above-and-beyond care means two weddings for this patient.

A match made in the hospital

Being in the hospital can mean missing one of life’s special moments. For Terrie Kaluzny, a patient at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital, it meant she could miss her son’s wedding.

Keeping in mind the Sentara commitment to “always work together as a team to provide quality healthcare,” the staff couldn’t let that happen: They arranged for Terrie to see her son wed in person during an in-room ceremony and by WebEx during a second ceremony.

“Some of the nurses said ‘you can’t have a wedding without decorations.’ They went out and surprised my family and me by decorating,” Terrie said. “The cafeteria executive said ‘you can’t have a wedding without a wedding cake,’ so he made a beautiful cake that was so good. One of the nurse’s parents did my nails and makeup, and made a pretty flower arrangement for my hair because she said the groom’s mother is special. This was the best wedding ever.”

After their work on the in-room ceremony, the staff arranged for Terrie to watch her son’s second wedding live through WebEx.

“Her husband was in the room when I told her we figured out how to do it, and they were both overjoyed,” said Jessica Keith, nurse manager in the step-down Unit. “From what I hear, there was not a dry eye in that room while they watched.”

Terrie remains thankful for all the staff did for her – with both the weddings and her medical care:

“I believe this unit should be the role model,” she shared, “and the staff should train others on how it all should be done. They are the best group of people, and I love and respect them all. As patients, we are scared, worried and full of anxiety, and they have helped me through each of these things and so much more.”


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