Friday, July 15, 2011

In Memoriam: Catherine A. Gouzoule, RN

A beloved oncology nurse, Catherine A. Gouzoule, RN, died June 26 at the MGH. Gouzoule was a member of the night staff of the Medical Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant Unit on Ellison 14 for more than 10 years and was known for her clinical expertise, tireless dedication to patients and vibrant personality.

“Cathy was an expert caregiver and consummate patient advocate,” says Ellen Fitzgerald, RN, nurse director of Ellison 14. “She understood what was important to patients and families and helped bring that to fruition – and she did so with passion.”

An active member of her unit, Gouzoule served as a CPR instructor and champion for chemotherapy safety initiatives. She also was a cheerful resource for new employees and took a vital part in helping Phillips House 21 staff members convert from medical to oncology care. In addition to being a highly respected nursing colleague, Gouzoule was well-known for her energy and warmth.

“Her laughter was contagious, and her style was impeccable,” says Jean Treacy, RN, NP, of Ellison 14. “She will be missed.”

Beyond her work at the hospital, Gouzoule served for many years as a volunteer for the Special Olympics. She is survived by her husband, three children, brother, sister and mother.

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