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Meliora Moments

Marilyn D. Thomas

University Faculty/Staff

I am living proof that the University of Rochester Medical Center provides “Medicine of the Highest Order.” In 2010, I experienced a sudden illness that required a 39 day stay in the Strong Memorial Hospital—which my family renamed the "Strong Resort.” I spent nine of those days in Strong ICU. Neither my family nor I could have imaged that I/we would ever spend Thanksgiving and Christmas in the hospital, but sadly that was the case. The blessing and good fortune was the staff who were totally responsive, sensitive, and most of all, capable of providing the medical care that ushered me back to complete health. I had countless prayers for my healing along with expert medical care. I am grateful. My family is grateful.

To my personal physician, Dr. Emmanual Akowuah; my ICU physician, Dr. Anthony Pietropaoli; and the entire medical, nursing, and support staff—THANK YOU for really providing “Medicine of the Highest Order.” I am living proof!