When Professor Michael Klare experienced a fever and aches this past summer, he suspected pneumonia. A visit to his primary care physician resulted in a referral to infectious disease specialists at Cooley Dickinson Hospital.
|Michael Klare, professor of peace and world security studies at
Hampshire College, demonstrates the theory of peak oil, which is based
on the observed rise, peak, and often rapid fall and depletion of oil
field production rate over time.
Klare was diagnosed with a blood staph infection. A regimen of antibiotics was prescribed, at which time Joanne Levin, MD, infectious diseases specialist, assumed responsibility for his treatment.
After two weeks in the hospital, Klare was pleased he would be able to continue his healing at home. Levin arranged for Klare to receive intravenous treatments through a catheter. During his recovery, Levin visited him regularly. “I was terribly struck by that. It was incredibly reassuring to know that
Dr. Levin was closely following my progress. Her presence allayed my fears,” Klare shared.
|Joanne Levin, MD
Once he felt well enough, Klare began physical therapy to help ease back pain caused by the infection. On one of those visits, Klare noticed the Gift of Caring corridor in the hospital, a place where exceptional caregivers are honored. Klare decided that he wanted to recognize Levin for the care she provided. Her photograph is now featured in the gallery of caregivers.
Klare, professor of peace and world security studies at Hampshire College, is back to work after a hiatus and feeling energized by his students.
“The experience was frightening and difficult, but to be treated by our community of healers—some of them friends, neighbors, friends of friends—was very special.”
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