Lifetime of Care
A patient in need of a transplant may be cared for by dozens of providers throughout their journey. One member of the transplant healthcare team—the social worker—plays a significant role post-transplant, providing support through a time of tremendous transition and change.
Transplant Social Worker Lauren Dick was recently recognized by UC Medical Center for the important role she plays for patients who have received a liver, kidney or pancreas transplant.
Described by Social Work Manger Clair Boyle as “humble and reserved,” Dick is known to make a significant impact on patients, oftentimes through simple gestures.
“For patients who have been recovering in the hospital or nursing facility,” Boyle says, “Lauren has tried to find someone to donate haircuts and grooming, someone to read newspapers or a radio for entertainment.”
“She always takes time to learn about the patient’s interests or hobbies so that she can help support them with the small comforts whenever possible.”
Dick understands that her role extends beyond the patient. She recently worked through all of the proper channels to fulfill the wish of the family of a patient who had passed. They were left without a recent photo, so Dick collaborated with others at UC Health to provide them with the photograph included in the patient’s medical record.
Dick’s work, Boyle says, ensured that the family received a small comfort during a difficult time.
Boyle adds, “She does all of this with a very busy patient load, as [transplant social workers] follow their post-transplant patients for a lifetime. Her creativity and practice makes an unforgettable impact on our patients.”
Now We Join in Celebration
As we celebrate 50 years of providing excellence in transplantation, breakthrough treatments and compassionate coordination of care to the region, we invite you to join us in a 50-day countdown to the anniversary of the first surgery that launched Cincinnati’s most comprehensive transplant program.
For more information about UC Health transplant services, please visit uchealth.com/transplant.