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Thursday, August 29, 2013 - Sparrow RN Caregiver Spotlight: Care for brother with cancer inspired woman to become Nurse

As a teenager, Debbie Lopez saw the compassionate care Sparrow Nurses provided to her younger brother while he battled cancer and was inspired to become a Nurse herself.

She has used the same compassion with her Patients at Sparrow over the past eight years. It’s one of the reasons she’s being honored as this month’s RN Caregiver Spotlight. Sparrow’s RN Caregiver Spotlight recognizes one Nurse each month and honors his/her accomplishments in nursing excellence.

Lopez’s brother, Nathaniel Moreno, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia when he was just 4 years old.

“It was a scary time for all of us,” said Lopez, who grew up in Lansing. “I didn’t know much about cancer at the time. The unknown was very scary.”

Lopez and her family spoke with Sparrow Caregivers to educate themselves about the disease and to do whatever was necessary to help Nathaniel.

“We didn’t have any extended family in Michigan,” said Lopez. “The Caregivers at Sparrow treated us like we were their family. It was something I’ll never forget.”

Nathaniel, now 25, is healthy after a five-year battle with the disease. Lopez partly credits his recovery to Sparrow Nurses.

“As a Nurse, I always put the Patient first. That’s what Sparrow did for my family and that’s what I’m going to for every Patient, every time.”

Lopez and her brother are also currently featured in a promotional campaign on local media about Sparrow’s Magnet Designation for nursing excellence. The Nurse Magnet Designation, the nation’s most prestigious honor for nursing achievement and excellence, means more great Nurses caring for Patients.Click here to see Lopez' commercial and the other RN Caregiver Spotlight features, and sign up for your free copy of The New Mayo Clinic Cookbook. 

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Congrats to DAISY Award winner Linda Erspamer who was recognized for the lasting impact she made on her Patients. http://t.co/X2lwOd9uNG

Sparrow celebrates achieving Magnet redesignation with cookouts for Caregivers today! https://t.co/Ge2o7lKCNJ http://t.co/bMSS7Ur11S

Videos on SparrowTV


Sparrow celebrates anniversary with Mayo Clinic Care Network and expands relationship’s reach. Click here to watch.


Sparrow earns elite status with its redesignation as a Magnet Hospital for nursing excellence. Click here to watch. 

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