Nurse's compassion can mean the world to her patients

April 12, 2018 07:01 PM

TROY - Judy DeLong-Broda sees people in ways many of us don't. They include people with disabilities, people with social issues or mental health issues, or people who don't have family. That means she's seen people who can easily fall through the cracks.

As a case manager for St. Peter's Health Partners at Troy Internal Medicine, it's her job to contact patients once their medical care is done -- to kind of hold them accountable for their health. However, she goes above and beyond.

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Compassion for others was instilled in DeLong-Broda -- who's the oldest of four kids -- when she was a kid growing up in Waterford. Her dad was a police officer and her mom ran a Meals on Wheels program.

A nurse for 40 years -- she doesn't think what she does is anything to write home about. However, when reminded, she often brings light to people who may not have contact with others for months. It brings a tear to her eye.

What she does, she says anyone can do. Just say hello to your neighbors -- especially the elderly.

St. Peter's Health Partners says it has become a "people-centered" Health Care System. They say DeLong-Broda's position as a registered nurse case manager makes her integral to their success in moving forward with these efforts.


WNYT Staff

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