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Botsford HealthSource Magazine

Fall 2012

Cancer Survivor Gives Back to Nurses

From left, Marge Hasler, R.N., M.S.,
Botsford�s vice president of patient care
services and chief nursing officer, with
Karen and Alan Maxey before the
nursing lecture.

Karen Maxey, an eight-year cancer survivor, eagerly tells people about the excellent  care she has received at Botsford Hospital since her first lumpectomy, which was years before her cancer diagnosis.

This year, she told almost 100 Botsford Hospital patient caregivers, “I was amazed at how deeply compassionate and empathetic the nurses were to me,” at the inaugural Karen and Alan Maxey Nursing Lecture, supported by a permanent fund she and her husband created last year.

“Botsford isn’t like other hospitals—it’s better!” Karen says. When researching cancer treatment options, she visited other hospitals, but felt she would be “just a number” at those places.

“It was the right decision to stay at Botsford. I received care that was better than what I could have gotten elsewhere,” she says. “Many people don’t realize how lucky they are to have Botsford in their community.”

Karen and her husband made a significant contribution to The Botsford Foundation in gratitude for the excellent care she has always received at Botsford Hospital. A retired teacher, she particularly liked supporting an educational opportunity.

After the seminar, Karen spoke about the satisfaction she felt seeing the impact of her gift firsthand. Attendees agreed about the value of this conference—93 percent rated it as “excellent.”

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