We are pleased to present the next in our weekly series introducing you to Internal Medicine’s Advanced Practice Providers. In addition to sharing information about where they work in the department, we asked them each to tell us a little bit about their “Why” (the sustaining pull for their work) and what relaxes them. (Read previous weeks’ installments.)
Services: Stem Cell Transplant and Cellular Therapy
Years with Internal Medicine: 9 years
Specialty or service I almost chose instead of this one: This was a perfect fit from the start.
One of my favorite moments in this job: Transplant requires teamwork. Everyone in our program — physicians, social workers, nurses, APPs, pharmacists, CNAs, fellows, MAs, PTs, housekeepers, and more — comes together to support patients and families through the transplant process and, hopefully, for many years after. I am grateful to be a part of such a dedicated, compassionate team,
Additionally, I enjoy working in a specialty that is constantly evolving. We have many patients who are alive because of new therapies or improvements to transplant, and hearing about milestones, family events, and even the day-to-day things they would have missed without these treatments, is extraordinary. Our long-term relationships allow us to partner with patients when things don’t go as planned, and while difficult, helping them navigate treatment decisions at the end of life is also very fulfilling.
What restores me for the work: I enjoy being outside, cooking, knitting, spending time with my family … and laughing (seriously the best medicine).
Lauren is invaluable to our team and patients; an outstanding colleague and compassionate nurse practitioner. She is calm, cool, and collected at all times and a wealth of knowledge. She is approachable, friendly, and provides the greatest care to all of our patients with her reassuring expertise and smile. We couldn’t function without her!
– – Allyson Wolcott, ARNP
Lauren is the colleague, boss, and friend everyone dreams of having! Not only is she a wealth of knowledge and experience in transplant and cellular therapy, but she is the kindest mentor we all hope to emulate. We have a phenomenal team, due in large part to Lauren’s leadership and advocacy for our patients and program.
– – Emily Struble, ARNP, DNP