John Ouimette, Cooley Dickinson Employee and Donor
Longtime Cooley Dickinson employee John Ouimette is committed to the hospital because he feels the hospital is committed to him.
Ouimette, a loyal donor to Cooley Dickinson, committed more to the cause this year because a new comprehensive Cancer Center is the main fund-raising initiative.
For six years, Ouimette’s father, Charles, received cancer services at Cooley Dickinson. The services were excellent, but Ouimette recognizes that bringing all cancer services together into one physical space organized around patients — a cancer center — will make cancer care even better for his community.
"When I was told of my father’s diagnosis, the doctors were very positive. They encouraged us to tell our wide network of local family members, because they understood the power of family support," recalled Ouimette, who works in the hospital’s Billing Department.
Charles Ouimette received care at Cooley Dickinson
"Everyone we encountered treated my dad and each family member with respect. They were ready to listen and their response to my family’s needs was excellent," Ouimette said. He also described communication with the staff as "phenomenal."
Ouimette remembers that his father was one of the first patients to receive a new chemotherapy drug. It worked out well for Charles, as he was able to beat the odds for a while. But time would begin to run out.
Ouimette recalls his father’s last day and just how amazing the staff was. They were helpful, respectful, and made room for the family to be comfortable. The way they treated his father and the rest of the family gave everyone a sense that "dad was in a safe place, being cared for in the best possible way."
As he looks back on his relationship with his father, Ouimette remembers a good guy, with strict rules, who worked hard to raise the family of six boys with his wife, Connie. John feels fortunate that he could be there during Charles’s six years of treatment, after all his father provided to him.
"Over and over again, Cooley Dickinson proves to me that they put people first.
I won’t go anywhere else, because I trust Cooley."
Ouimette is not alone in his support of the new, comprehensive Cancer Center. Employees have stepped up, and are within striking distance of their $350,000 goal for the Building Our Future campaign.
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