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Kaitlyn Kariger, NP, of Inpatient Oncology, and Ben Slawski, NP, of Allergy Associates, have spent their entire nursing careers at Mass General. Twelve years ago the two first met and fell in love while working on a cardiology unit. For Kariger, then a patient care associate, and Slawski, a nurse - the hospital has been an integral part of their lives. Now, more than a decade later, they are both nurse practitioners, married, and have two children. Their most recent chapter in their joint MGH history – explaining to Madison, 4, and Ben, 2, the family’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
“We are trying to maintain some sense of normalcy. My husband has been able to work from home to the delight of my children,” says Kariger. “But when we were explaining why I still had to go to work and socially isolate, our kids wanted to do something to thank all the health care workers. So we cut, painted and hung a sign on our front window so everyone who drives by knows how grateful we are.”
Telemedicine has been instrumental for Slawski to check in and consult with his patients from home. Technology has also changed how Kariger performs her tasks at work, as she interacts with patient families via phone rather than in person to ensure limited patient exposure. “We have new routines now, but the changes have allowed us to spend more time together as a family and our colleagues have really risen to the occasion” says Kariger. “Our street doesn’t really get a lot of traffic, but the kids were excited to say thank you to other health care workers heading to work and in times like these I think that’s really important.”
- Mar | 4 | 2021
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- Feb | 26 | 2021
When Boston began to take COVID-19 pandemic precautions last year, the Boston Lyric Opera had just opened a production of Bellini’s Norma. Artistic director Esther Nelson turned to a longtime friend of the organization to help them determine whether the season could go on.
- Feb | 26 | 2021
Merle Adelson and Paul Freedman had planned to marry on Friday, January 22, 2021. But instead, their nuptials took place on January 11, in a Jewish ceremony inside one of Mass General’s intensive care units.
- Feb | 2 | 2021
Mass General Cancer Center Joins Leading Cancer Organizations to Warn Cancer Doesn’t Stop for COVID-19 and Neither Should You
Mass General Cancer Center is teaming up with the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), the American Cancer Society (ACS) and other leading cancer organizations across the country to endorse the resumption of cancer screening and treatment during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
- Feb | 1 | 2021
During this time of uncertainty, we understand that it can be confusing for both patients and their loved ones to know when and how to come to the hospital for care. Hear a message from our team about our Visitor Policy for Hospitalized Patients during COVID-19.