Mother’s Day and Nurse Appreciation

By: Holly L. Thacker, MD • Posted on May 01, 2020

Mother’s Day and Nurse Appreciation

Honoring Women During the Month of May

It is not surprising that Mother's Day, Nurse Appreciation, Osteoporosis Awareness and National Women’s Health Week all converge in the beautiful month of May. My mother was a nurse and some of the most wonderful people I know are nurses!

The attributes that mothers are revered for are many of the same attributes that nurses exhibit daily with their patients:

  • Caring
  • Compassion
  • Kindness
  • Warmth
  • Selfless dedication
  • Humor in the face of exasperation
  • Around the clock work ethic coupled with a strong spine and a fearless protection of their children

The Cleveland Clinic Health System, is a physician led organization, that from the very beginning treated nurses respectfully and collegially. Our physicians and nurses work shoulder to shoulder in putting patients first, just as moms around the world put their children and families first. Many of our nurses rise to top leadership posts such as hospital presidencies, just as moms around the globe rise to the challenges of being the CEOs of their households.

Unfortunately, many women are fearful of risks of osteoporosis treatments based on recent media hype exaggerating rare risks of treatments while failing to note the risks of NOT treating the disease of osteoporosis. One can not be strong, healthy and in charge if they have fragile bones!

Thank You Cleveland Clinic Center for Specialized Women's Health Nurses

One of the nurses we revere in our Center for Specialized Women’s Health is Lillie McKinney, LPN. She is very experienced, calming and helps prepare women for their visit - either in person or virtually. Julie Pesek, RN who helps run our CustomFit Program and Sunflower Donor Club is also responsible for leading our bone injection and infusion program. Julie doggedly works to lead our bone infusion program orchestrating our entire team and prodding our patients to return for treatment.

And to the wonderful Amanda Shuttera, RN, Tiffany Gaye, RN, our Center for Specialized Women’s Health secretary Cometa Benford and everyone’s favorite scheduler and PSR coordinator Rhonda Jackson - all moms too and are part of our terrific team!

Another nurse we all respect in the Center for Specialized Women's Health is Mary Clarkin, CNP who is planning her well-deserved retirement in June 2020. She has helped train our new women's health nurse practitioner, Dana Leslie, CNP.

Cheers to all the hard-working, loving moms, nurses, and women who enrich all of our lives and help keep us Be Strong, Be Healthy, Be in Charge!

-Holly L. Thacker MD

Holly L. Thacker, MD, FACP is nationally known for her leadership in women’s health. She is the founder of the Cleveland Clinic Women’s Health Fellowship and is currently the Professor and Director of the Center for Specialized Women’s Health at Cleveland Clinic and Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University. Her special interests are menopause and related medical problems including osteoporosis, hormone therapy, breast cancer risk assessment, menstrual disorders, female sexual dysfunction and interdisciplinary women’s health. Dr. Thacker is the Executive Director of Speaking of Women’s Health and the author of The Cleveland Clinic Guide to Menopause.


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