Fauquier Health’s caring staff become family to a local patient in her final days.
Mark Worthington, fiancé Mary Elliot, and family entrusted Fauquier Health to care for their beloved aunt, Virginia (Jennie) Craun. Jennie arrived to the hospital in late October after experiencing difficulty in breathing and remained in the hospital’s care for nearly a week. During her stay it was apparent that she had a vibrant personality and was heavily rooted in the town of Warrenton. Jennie and her late husband David, had lived in Warrenton for 72 years. Mary Elliot, Jennie’s niece, commented on some of her fondest moments of Aunt Jennie. She said, “What stands out the most for me was her passion for her local community and for volunteerism. She volunteered in the Warrenton area for many years, first for the Ladies Fauquier Hospital Auxiliary and then was a 40-year president of the Ladies Auxiliary for the Warrenton Volunteer Fire Department.”
Throughout the year, Jennie spearheaded firehouse fundraisers and raised donations. It is obvious that her community was important to her and her late husband David (who was a career and volunteer fireman).
Jennie was admitted to the hospital and was accompanied closely by her family members. During her stay, she shined bright and became a part of the Fauquier Health family. The healthcare staff members who came into contact with Jennie opened their hearts and worked around the clock to ensure her and her family members were treated with compassion. Jennie’s family was immensely important to her and her presence will be greatly missed.
When asked about Jennie, Sheri Doggett, RN shared, “My interaction with Miss Jennie was very touching in that when I met Miss Jennie I immediately recognized the unique and loving bond shared between her and her family.” Sheri denoted, “Miss Jennie was a loving soul and I felt that providing her with the best care I could, was the least I could do. Miss Jennie and her family will always have a special place in my heart and I will never forget them. As an RN, I see it as being my ultimate duty to care for those in need. It was my absolute privilege to provide her with care and to also take care of her family while they had to deal with their own pain in losing their precious loved one.”
In addition to the nursing staff that crossed paths with Aunt Jennie, Wasama Idlibi, PA, stated that she remembers the compassion and close knit, caring nature of the family. “I think in general, the Hospitalist team felt the involvement and compassion of the family towards Ms. Craun and it was nice to see such good family dynamics.”
The family members of Jennie were in awe at the treatment provided to her during her stay. The family sent in a sentimental Thank You card that quickly made its way around the hospital:
We are so impressed with the kind of people you all are. Your professionalism is very impressive, but it’s your level of care, genuine compassion and warm hearts that make you the amazing doctors and nurses that you are.
We thank you for taking such great care of us, but more importantly for providing our beloved aunt with the care and dignity she deserved, in her final days and hours.
With hearts full of gratitude…
During the hospital’s recent Council for Quality and Patient Safety meeting, Mark Worthington, Mary Elliot’s fiancé, was invited as a special guest speaker. Also in attendance were the healthcare staff members that cared for Jennie. During the meeting, Mark read from his emotional Thank You card.
Each healthcare staff member received a special acknowledgment and heart pin as a symbol of their compassion. Today, Fauquier Health would like to take this opportunity to recognize the following individuals that showed true expression of love in helping to care for those in their community:
Physicians: Dr. Abrams, Dr. Chung, Dr. Singh, and Wasama Idibli, PA
Environmental Services: Edna Cordner, Carol Jones, Cynthia Fletcher, Ginny Bennett, Elise Jackson, and Wanda Kidd
Respiratory therapy: Ronald Harver and Patricia Roberts
Nursing RNs and Technicians: Nicole Deane, Annaliza B Asemota, Pathumrat Kelley, Shari Kennedy, Sheri Doggett, Tammy Adams, Charles Crawford, Danielle Kirby, Elizabeth Ford, Jason Omohundro, Joyce Naa-Ayeley, Lindsey Brown, Stephanie Burner, Sandy Bonilla
It was a privilege for our team to care for someone who has done so much for our hospital and community.