That level of compassion and encouragement meant the world to me

Anonymous, Family Member

Photo of Amanda as she accepts the 2022 Sunshine Award.

My 95 year old father was admitted into Bronson South Haven Hospital for six days. For most of the time, Amanda Boydston was our primary PCA and she went above and beyond in her approach to care for both my father and myself.

My dad was very weak and hard of hearing, and Amanda spent a significant amount of time with us over the course of his stay to care for his needs. Doing some of the most difficult tasks, including moving my dad, cleaning him, and ensuring all other aspects of care, Amanda cared for him with extreme kindness, gentleness, and compassion. She was always supportive, positive, and engaging with my dad and made him feel like he was a special guest, not just a patient.

She also gave me caring attention and support too. Knowing that this was a stressful time for me and that I had traveled from out of state to be with my father, she encouraged me to take care of myself so that I could support my dad throughout his ordeal. On the first night in the hospital, she reminded me to take care of myself because “you cannot pour from an empty cup.” That level of compassion and encouragement meant the world to me, as I repeated that phrase throughout my dad’s stay.

Amanda went above and beyond in the quality and compassion of her care. We could not be more grateful for the care she gave and hope that this recognition can provide a small token of appreciation for what a wonderful PCA Amanda is!

Amanda Boydston is a PCA on the general care unit (GCU) at Bronson South Haven Hospital. She is the recipient of the 2022 Sunshine Award, which is given each year to team members who help our clinical staff provide exceptional care for patients and families. 

Photo of Amanda and her coworker as she accepts the 2022 Sunshine Award.

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