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Mary Sugrue, Coordinator, Wound, Ostomy and Continence Program, Valley Home Care

"I strive to help my nurses deliver the best care they can."

Each week, Wound, Ostomy and Continence Program Coordinator Mary Sugrue makes sure patients get the personalized care they need when they come home from the hospital.

"They are usually anxious and afraid at first, so we offer a lot of emotional support and teaching," she says. "I enjoy helping people become independent in their care."

These days, Mary keeps busy ensuring her team of visiting nurses has the tools needed to do their job. "I strive to help my nurses deliver the best care they can," she says. "I spend a lot of time in the office speaking with nurses and discussing cases, as well as teaching and consulting when needed."

One crucial change Mary has made in her department is revising the scheduling system. Patients are clustered by geographic location, so nurses can spend more time with patients and less time traveling.

"Knowing exactly who they are going to see ahead of time gives them more time to review material and become familiar with the case. This simple stress reducer makes the nurses feel better going into the home, and the patients feel better too."

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