In Arthur “Mick” Maine’s case, this word has come to embody the people who came into his life when he needed them most.
In 2008, just a few years after his wife Janine passed away from ovarian cancer, Mick found himself in St. Mary’s where he had just survived triple by-pass surgery. His home became the rooms of the hospital and his family became the nurses, physicians, and volunteers who at one point during his stay, pooled together their money to buy him some new clothes because he had no one else in his life to do so. It was at that moment when Mick experienced a love he hadn’t felt in years. How could people who were once strangers become some of the most valuable people in his life?
The staff became the family I didn’t have for years, and I want my new family to continue their good work of healing for many years to come.
At St. Mary’s, he came to see how our people understand the importance of not only restoring one’s body, but one’s mind and soul as well. Treating patients not just as names on a chart, but rather, as human beings who deserve respect and dignity is what has become the hallmark of St. Mary’s.
Since his time at St. Mary’s, Mick has become a monthly donor and he has also decided to leave a gift in his will for our hospital. When asked why, he simply replies “the staff became the family I didn’t have for years, and I want my new family to continue their good work of healing for many years to come.”
The word itself remains the same. The definition however, has changed for Mick. We are proud to be a part of his new definition and now, of his legacy.