Our beloved Radiation Oncology colleague Maureen Farrell retired this year after 41 straight years as a nurse at BWH. Maureen was a dedicated and steady presence in Radiation Oncology, always ready to assist wherever needed. She was known for her consistency and reliability, her caring nature and her willingness to go above and beyond on behalf of her patients and her co-workers.

A recent comment on a Press Ganey survey described Maureen to a tee: “Maureen Farrell was extremely caring, helpful, responsive, calm, and thorough. She’s a gem.” To give her a warm sendoff on her final day in the department, Rad Onc staff surprised Maureen by lining the hallway as she exited the clinic. The emotional walk brought tears to Maureen’s eyes and also to those of us who had worked with her over the years — many of us having gone through our medical training in the department and, in a sense, having “grown up” with Maureen as a wise and compassionate guide. Maureen’s walk down that hallway was a touching goodbye for all of us, honoring someone who had a profound impact on her patients and colleagues alike. We will miss her greatly!

Paul Nguyen, MD, MBA
Vice Chair, Clinical Research
Department of Radiation Oncology

2 Responses to “‘She’s a Gem’: Heartfelt Appreciation for a Retiring Nurse Colleague”

  1. Bill Kelley

    I was one of those patients. I also worked at BWH and saw Maureen frequently. She was a ray of sunshine and compassion. May your retirement bring you as much joy as you gave to us !

  2. Sharon

    I worked with her for 16 years, she is a one of a kind! Always willing to help, and a great sense of humor!

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