Extraordinary Care When It Matters Most

Outstanding nursing skills are only part of the amazing care that Christine Shaughnessy, RN, provides to patients at the Mass General Cancer Center. One family will always remember how she cracked jokes. And then there was that perfectly-timed milkshake.
Extraordinary Care When It Matters Most
Christine Shaughnessy, RN, Lunder 10
Christine Shaughnessy, RN, Lunder 10

Christine Shaughnessy, RN, blends superb nursing skills with an array of related talents to guide patients and their families through the anguish and uncertainties of cancer. Christine drew on her instincts as a sister and daughter to steer one family through their worst weeks.

“Last January my father was rushed to Mass General with leukemia and pneumonia,” writes Julia Bateman. “I’m an only child and I feared losing him and also worried about my mother’s well-being. I would go to the back staircase in Ellison 14 and cry.

“Then I began to appreciate the amazing care of our wonderful team of doctors and nurses. And when Christine’s name was on my father’s white board, I’d go home to rest and have a meal with my mother.

Christine Shaughnessy, RN, blends superb nursing skills with an array of related talents to guide patients and their families through the anguish and uncertainties of cancer.

“Christine took my father’s jokes in stride and gave them right back. Whenever he rang the bell, Christine was right there. At times, he just wanted to see her face and laugh with her. Once I walked in to find my father sipping a chocolate milkshake — a reward from Christine for eating his supper.

“Thanks to my father’s entire team, my family felt comforted during such a frightening time. Although I didn’t have siblings to help me through this family crisis, I had Christine.”

In 2012, Christine was named an honoree for the one hundred, the Mass General Cancer Center’s annual fundraiser, honoring 100 individuals and groups whose diligence and discoveries, philanthropy and passion have helped advance the fight against cancer.

Extraordinary caregivers like Christine Shaughnessy are one reason we use the phrase “Everyday Amazing” to describe what goes on at the Mass General Cancer Center.

“Christine took my father’s jokes in stride and gave them right back. Whenever he rang the bell, Christine was right there. At times, he just wanted to see her face and laugh with her.”

Sometimes that amazing thing is innovative technology like the proton beam or targeted therapies. But sometimes, that amazing thing is as simple as a warm word, a helping hand or a chocolate milkshake.

Your philanthropic gifts to the Mass General Cancer Center help make such extraordinary care possible.