On November 16th, thanks to the generosity of my good friend Stephen Corman, I attended this event with a group from Greenwich Hospital. Sarah Woods (pictured far left), a former Flynn Fellow at Dana Farber, who is now an Oncology nurse at Mass General, attended with us. The program featured the 6 finalists for the prestigious National Caregiver of the Year Award presented annually by the Schwartz Center. One of the finalists was Jonathan B. Bartels, RN, BSN (pictured far right), an emergency room nurse and Palliative Care liaison at the University of Virginia Medical Center.
Jonathan is nationally recognized for creating The Pause, an innovative and extremely compassionate “intervention” which involves a momentary private “ceremony” after a patient dies... its a reflective pause, a pause of respect and resilience. Jonathan’s Pause offers time to honor the human life that was lost, recognize the loss the family experienced, and acknowledge the medical team for their work and valiant effort.