Linda Thomas, ANP, COHN-S, CM
A PASSIONATE SKILLED NURSE and beloved friend and colleague, Linda Thomas, ANP, COHN-S, CM, died Aug. 17 at the MGH due to complications related to polycystic kidney/liver disease. Thomas worked at the MGH for more than 41 years. A memorial service to celebrate her life was held Sept. 20 in the O’Keeffe Auditorium.
“Linda always wanted to be a nurse, and she loved every moment of her varied nursing career,” says Suzanne Thomas, Linda’s twin sister and an administrative assistant in the Department of Biomedical Engineering.
After graduating with a degree in Nursing from Keuka College in 1969, Thomas joined the MGH as a staff nurse. She then served as an instructor and clinical coordinator at the MGH Shepherd Gill School of Practical Nursing from 1970 to 1984. During this time, she earned a master’s degree in Health Education from Boston University.
In 1986, Thomas became a staff nurse with the Gynecology/Oncology Surgical Service. The following year, she was appointed as a nurse recruiter for the MGH and joined the Occupational Health Service (OHS), serving as a staff nurse until 1998, when she graduated from the MGH Institute of Health Professionals with a master’s degree in Nursing and became an occupational nurse practitioner. In addition to her advanced nursing degrees, Thomas was certified as an occupational health nurse case manager and occupational health nurse specialist.
“Without hesitation, I can say Linda was one of the most dutiful, hardworking employees I have had the pleasure of working with. More importantly, she was a great person that made those around her better,” says Andy Gottlieb, NP, director of OHS.
Outside of her accomplished nursing career, Thomas had many passions and hobbies. A 37-year resident of Marblehead, she loved spending time at the beach and taking her Boston Whaler, “Splash,” out on the water. She and her sister also ran a local bed and breakfast, where guests entered as strangers and left as friends. Thomas had a great love for dogs, especially Boston terriers.
“Linda needed both a liver and a kidney transplant to live, but could not get them,” says Suzanne Thomas. “In honor of Linda, please consider organ donation. There is no greater gift than the gift of life.”