Beloved Fertility Nurse Retires from RMACT – More Comments & Well Wishes
Take two. I’m not a perfectionist, which is a good thing because I make a lot of mistakes. Fortunately, I don’t make all that many mistakes here on the PathtoFertility blog. But I guess when I do, I do it big time. We’ve had a very important and dearly loved team members retire. So we created a fare thee well blog to Mary. And inadvertently, there were some significant expressions of love that were left off our blog. So, yes, take two on wishing Mary a loving retirement.
New beginnings are often so very sweet, even when there’s a hint of sadness. Mary Hopkins, one of our beloved fertility nurses at Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) is ready to retire. She’s ready to enjoy the next phase of her life, which alas, means leaving us.
We really couldn’t let her go without telling her what she’s meant to us though. We have loved and appreciated her.
Why hold something like that back?
RMACT Team Says Thank You To A Longtime Fertility Nurse
Read on for just a sampling of the expressions of love that the RMACT team members wanted to share with her. And with you.
RMACT is just that. A team of people, who respect, admire and love each other. We are a group of people who have a shared passion- helping people build the family of their dreams.
Mary, we’re sorry to have you leaving us. You’ve been part of the team for so long that it’s hard to imagine us without you. Luckily, you have shared and taught us how to be us. Your words, your example of kindness and compassion have become part of who we all are. For that, we thank you.
And with that, we wish you the most joyous of retirements. We hope that you spend your time in ways that you find meaningful. And fun. And relaxing. And exciting.
In short, we hope that you find everything that you are hoping for.
Expressions of Love from RMACT Team Members
It has been a pleasure working with Mary for all of these years. She is a fantastic nurse and her patients love her. There is nothing better than being respected and cherished by your patients. We will miss her very much. Love always Spencer (Richlin, MD)
It’s an honor and privilege to have worked alongside Mary for all of these years. It is amazing to think of all of the patients she has cared for over her career and how many families she has helped build here at RMACT. We will all miss you very much! Warmly, Josh (Hurwitz, MD)
Mary is a great person, compassionate and caring. A mother figure, who is always there to listen. She is always the first person to ask how you are doing. She has wonderful funny stories. She is also the only person I allow to hug me, which really says a lot to the people that know me. We will all miss her and are better to have known her. Jocelyn
Mary-What can I say, the motherly figure that all the patients are drawn to– warm, kind, thoughtful, a true patient advocate. Such a team player- always willing to offer helping hand. She will take the extra few minutes to ask about your kids, your partner. She remembers and genuinely cares. On side note-if you are ever lost, you can reach out to her because she will be able to bring you back home! We will truly miss her spirit and smile. We wish her the very best! - Christina
I have alongside worked with Mary for years here at RMACT. She always has a kind word and a funny wit to get us through our days and I will miss working with her more than I can say, as will all of our patients.- Mark (Leondires, MD)
Mary is always the first person to ask “how was your weekend, how is your family and how are you”. She takes a personal interest in everyone. She is a great person and great friend to all that are lucky enough to know her. We started together at RMACT and she has been a great supporter of my journey through nursing school and through life’s unexpected twists and turns. She will be greatly missed as a co-worker and a friend. I can’t say enough about how lucky we are to have been able to know her and work with her the past 7 ½ years. - Rachel
Mary helped me fit into the practice seamlessly when I joined—she helped me understand much of the systems in place, and I will always be thankful for the time she spent answering my questions and helping to figure things out. And her patients will miss her—new parents stop by each week to show off babies, and all can’t wait to show Mary! - Shaun (Williams, MD)
Mary is a wonderful person. She’s a very smart nurse and knows her stuff. Mary has become a dear friend to us always looking out for us like we are her daughters. When Mary is not in the office we feel her absence. Mary is always the 1st person to ask how our kids are and how they’d do on report card, sports, etc. She is also a fun person to be around always making us laugh. Mary will be truly missed at RMACT, not only as a nurse but as a Mom in our life. We love you Mary and hope you enjoy this new chapter in your life.- Love Letty, Tina and Tree
What we will miss the most about Mary is how caring she is to patients and staff. With her patients she is still checking in, even after discharge. Towards the all the staff she is kind and supportive. Mary we will miss you. - Cindy (Murdock, MD)
Let’s see what can I say about Mary; first, she is a kind wholehearted person who always welcomes new RMACT team members. Mary is always willing to lend a helping hand or just be there to listen, even through hard times when her daughter was trying so hard to get pregnant, Mary always stayed positive and supportive. Her patients will truly miss her as well as her co-workers. I guess it is time for Mary to move on and enjoy her new granddaughter and try to keep up with her husband who is waiting patiently for her to retire.
Mary will truly be missed here at RMACT. – Brigitte
Seeing Mary first thing in the morning, always makes my day! Her smile, kindness and warmth make me feel at home. She truly is a mother figure to a lot of us! Mary always takes the time to ask about our families and genuinely cares about our happiness. She always goes out of her way to help our patients and takes her time answering any questions they may have; I have learned so much from her. Her sincere laughter and kind advice, reminds us that there are still great people in the world. I feel very lucky to have met her and I know she will be part of our lives for many, many years to come! – Angie R.
Mary, thank you for all of your years of dedicated service, love and devotion to our patients and to our team members. We will miss you, but if it’s ok with you, we’ll keep just a tiny piece of you with us as inspiration on how to treat each other– like family.
Love from the entire team at RMACT.
Editor's Note: This article was originally published June 24, 2015 and has been updated with additional thank you notes.
About Lisa Rosenthal
Lisa has over thirty years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of comprehensive services available to support her. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment. Lisa has been with RMACT for eleven years and serves as Patient Advocate and the Strategic Content Lead.
Lisa is the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a program designed to support men and women on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.
Lisa’s true passion is supporting patients getting into treatment, being able to stay in treatment and staying whole and complete throughout the process. Lisa is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, which is helpful in her work with fertility patients.
Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.