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The one hundred honoree: Mary Zwirner, MSW, LICSW, MSN, RN

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The one hundred honoree: Mary Zwirner, MSW, LICSW, MSN, RN

Mass General Giving

Social worker Mary Zwirner has counseled brain tumor patients and their families for almost a decade. A brain tumor diagnosis often comes without warning. Many surgical removals are conducted on an emergency basis, allowing patients and families no time for adjustment to an event that will change their lives forever.

Mary is the gifted social worker who provides them with support during these first grueling days. When they first meet Mary, patients and their families are in a state of shock. Mary listens to their fears and concerns with empathy and compassion and then begins answering their questions. In the few days she is with them, Mary reassures and empowers patients and their families with her calm and respectful competence, advocates services on their behalf, and refers them to colleagues who will provide ongoing counseling and care. Mary has earned the respect of all who work with her as well as the gratitude of our patients and families.