Cesareo “Cesar” Villa, RN, who worked in the MGH operating room for more than 40 years before he retired in 2009, died July 26. He was 71.
“Cesar was an understanding person who forever helped us,” recalls Dinesh Patel, MD, chief of Arthroscopic Surgery. “One can imagine how hard it was to start the Arthroscopic Surgery Department and he was there to help in the old Baker building and then the Wang Same Day Surgery Unit. He made huge differences.”
Villa worked in the operating room in various roles. He was vital in mentoring staff in understanding instrumentation, procedures and the importance of the scrub role, says Deborah McGrath, RN. “There are no words to adequately describe Cesar. You had to be lucky enough to have known him.”
Adds Karen Kelly, RN, “He was a wealth of nursing knowledge who mentored many nurses in the practice. It was always a good day when you were working with him.”
His colleagues say they will remember him best for his exceptional leadership as the Orthopædic Team Leader in the Same Day Surgery Unit.
“Cesar was an excellent nurse and a wonderful gentleman who made his colleagues feel special,” recalls Maureen Mullaney, RN. “He never forgot a birthday. He excelled in the team leader role by sharing and teaching orthopædic procedures in a style that made it easy to learn and retain the fundamentals. He was a man who touched many lives.”
Villa is survived by his wife of 25 years, three children, a sister, three brothers and two grandchildren. Funeral services were held Aug. 3.
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