Rockford nurse honored for ‘giving everything’ to seriously ill people

If there’s been one good thing to come out of the COVID-19 pandemic, I think it’s the respect we’ve all earned for healthcare workers. Too often many of us don’t take the time to appreciate or acknowledge the work of healthcare professionals, we take it for granted, but that is starting to change. We may more often recognize the hard work they put in every day, but do we really realize the huge impact this has on their body, mind and heart?

When we received this week’s photo of hometown hero Amy Palmer from Durand, I thought, “could there be a better picture to describe this brave nurse?” The answer, by the way, is no.

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Here is the nomination letter we received about Amy from Robin Palmer de Durand;

Amy is a dedicated CCU nurse at Swedish American Hospital. She takes care of seriously ill patients. She gives them everything and though she affects him greatly, she has the biggest heart. Covid has taken its toll on not just her but all of our frontline workers and still manages to come home and do her best to be a mother and a wife! Long hours at work and more hours at home!

Amy, I think you might be my hero. I can’t even imagine the heartbreaking things you see every day at work, and I’m impressed with your resilience and your ability to keep going. I really hope you use the $100 Amazon gift card we’re giving away thanks to Gustafson’s Furniture & Mattress for something that brings you joy or puts a smile on your face. I’m willing to bet you don’t spoil yourself often enough!

If you know someone who deserves extra special recognition like Amy, please nominate them as next week’s hometown hero, here.

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