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Mount St. Mary's Hospital Foundation

A Message of Gratitude

Mount St. Mary's Care to Give

“The experience and kindness of the staff at Mount St. Mary’s really stood out to me”.

As a dedicated supporter of the Mount St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation, your commitment to our mission to reveal the healing love of Jesus to all, is vital to our success. Because my experience was so positive, I want to share it with you. Please join me in celebrating National Doctor’s Day on March 30 as I honor Dr. Largo and his entire team.

We were celebrating St. Patrick’s Day at the school where I have taught for 30 years. Unfortunately, I had anything but the luck of the Irish that day. I had been having abdominal pain, and testing by my doctor didn’t really find anything. I was still able to work and get around. But then, that day at school, I received a call in my classroom that I needed to get to Mount St. Mary’s Hospital right away – there was a problem with my appendix! I was worried and nervous.

We were sent to the office of Dr. Donald Largo, a general surgery specialist affiliated with Mount St. Mary’s. After an assessment, he sent me to the ER to be admitted to have my appendix removed before it burst. I had never met Dr. Largo before, but he was so kind and calming. I automatically trusted him and knew everything would be all right, and my husband agreed. We learned that Dr. Largo has nearly 40 years of experience, but it was his bedside manner and his sincere kindness that really stood out.

Dr. Largo did the surgery that evening and I spent a few days at Mount St. Mary’s. Dr. Largo was supported by a team of nurses and an anesthesiologist who were equally wonderful. As an educator, I know how hard teachers work. I saw the same commitment in the nurses at Mount St. Mary’s. It’s a tough job and they deserve all the credit we can give them, especially as we still battle the pandemic. My surgery took place just as strict protocols were put in place at hospitals across New York. I could not have felt safer during my time at Mount St. Mary’s Hospital.

Your continued support of Mount St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation is truly appreciated. Join me in supporting Mount St. Mary’s Hospital today with a donation. Certainly you have had your own great experience with the caregivers or staff members at Mount St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation.

Please know the impact of your past support has helped to shape many positive experiences. Your generosity will continue to help patients like me.

With my sincere thanks,

Lori Spanbauer

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A Message of Gratitude - Kaitlyn Grande

Mount St. Mary's Care to Give

“The gift of her birth actually helped (us) forget the pandemic for a while and focus on the miracle right in front of our eyes.”

As first-time parents, having a baby was stressful enough for my husband and I. Delivering our daughter, Mila, during the COVID-19 pandemic took that stress to a whole new level.

But we are so grateful for the care we received at Mount St. Mary’s Hospital where Mila was born. We were treated like their very own family at every step. The doctors and nurses were calm and comforting, even as they navigated uncharted territory in the early months of the pandemic.

Our safety was their top priority. The staff did an excellent job of balancing the realities of the virus with the excitement of welcoming our child into the world. While the hospital could not allow visitors, my husband Alex was by my side and the staff made sure that we were safe.

Dr. Joseph Andrzejewski, my OB/GYN at The Center for Women at Mount St. Mary’s, was there for us even before we arrived. He gave us his cell phone number to call when we thought we were getting close. When the contractions began and we called Dr. Joe, he guided us on what to do and reassured us that they were more than prepared with safety and protection protocols.

Mila was born the morning of March 24th—just six days into New York State’s Stay-At-Home order. The gift of her birth actually helped my husband Alex and I forget the pandemic for a while and focus on the miracle right in front of our eyes. Since Mila’s grandparents could not visit at the hospital, the staff ensured we had technology in place to celebrate her special arrival.

Mount St. Mary’s Hospital made a trying time better. Mila is a happy and healthy baby today, and we will never forget the doctors, nurses and staff who made it possible.

That is why I am sharing our story with you, and am asking you to please support Mount St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation with a donation today. In this season of giving your donation will help Mount St. Mary’s respond to whatever might come next. Your gift will provide compassionate care for our entire community.

When patients are treated like family, anything is possible. And with your help, Mount St. Mary’s will be ready for whatever tomorrow brings.


Kaitlyn Grande