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Have you ever had a hospital experience that made you feel like a specific caregiver made a world of difference during your stay? Hospital stays can be a stressful experience for a patient and their family, and the HCGH staff is committed to making sure you and your family members are well cared for when you are here. The HCGH staff’s goal is to treat patients the same way we would want our own hospitalized family member to be treated.

It is because of these special occurrences that Howard Hospital Foundation (HHF) started the new program, Honor a Caregiver. This program allows HCGH patrons and friends to make a tribute to a caregiver who made a difference during your or your loved one’s hospital experience. Often, a patient and their family feel like one specific caregiver made a world of difference during their stay. Because hospital stays can be stressful enough for the patient and their family, the staff is committed to making sure you and your family members are well cared for when they are here.  Be it a physician, nurse, housekeeper or other caregiver – often times just one person can make a difference.

If you or a loved one ever felt significantly touched by a specific caregiver during your hospital stay, the Honor a Caregiver program may be the best way for you to donate.

Your HCGH caregiver will be publicly acknowledged in front of colleagues and hospital leadership with a letter announcing that a donation has been made in his or her honor. If you choose to include a special note in honor of your caregiver with your donation, this note will also be read to the group at this time.

Your donation will support new equipment, staff education, community wellness and other enhancements designed to save and improve lives in Howard County. You can help bring healing to the community and make a difference now and well into the future. To make a donation to honor a caregiver, click here or call 410-740-7840.

Messages of Gratitude

Care in an Emergency


Dear paramedics, nurses and doctors of HCGH,

We would like to thank you for saving my daughter, Alyssa Thattassery. She had febrile seizures on a cold day in December. She was only a year old when she had a terrible case of the flu. She had prolonged seizures. As a physician myself, it was a scary experience to witness my daughter while she was uncontrollably seizing. The paramedics were quick to respond and they calmed me down. I was so helpless. Later Alyssa was intubated and given IV seizure meds by the pediatric physician. With the efficient team of medical staff and excellent care and lots of love and prayers, our daughter recovered 100 percent. Enclosed is my donation to thank you for your service!

The Thattessery Family

The Impact of Inpatient Care

Mildred Toth has lived in Columbia for 10 years and has been a patient at HCGH several times. Her most recent visit lasted several days, and she was moved by her care to honor her caregivers with a donation to HHF.

“They all treated me so well and everyone took so much time to be nice,” says Mildred. “The group of nurses and techs, especially Tederra, were professional and kind and always understanding. They sympathized with me when I was feeling miserable. No one wants to be sick and in a hospital, but the staff made it bearable. They had such an impact on me, I wrote down their names: Carolyn, Kendra, Alyssa, Kim and Linda too! When people do their job right and go all out, they should be told.”

Lifesaving Cancer Care

If you asked Robert Walker why he and his wife honored his caregiver, oncologist Nicholas Koutrelakos, M.D., it is very simple. “He saved my life,” says Robert.

Robert Walker

A little over a year ago, Robert was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in the appendix. “We met with Dr. K., as everyone calls him, and he was wonderful,” says Robert. “I liked his positive attitude. When my wife and I first went to him, we were scared to death. I was hoping to just be able to take some chemo pills, but Dr. K. was up-front and frank that I would need surgery and chemotherapy, too.”

According to Robert’s wife of 57 years, Maxine, “Dr. K. was so personable, and he related to us so well. He made us feel so special when we came in. He made us feel like his friends – not just his patients. We have a lot to be thankful for and this donation in his honor is a small way that we can express our appreciation.”

“It was a rough recovery, but today I am cancer-free,” says Robert. “I am happy to be back working with my wife on our 146-acre horse and grain farm in Howard County.”





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