“Recently, my husband passed away from acute myeloid leukemia,” wrote Phyllis Foster. “Because of this diagnosis and treatment, he spent a great deal of time as an inpatient on Powell 3 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. During one of his longer visits over the holidays, the patients and staff were treated to a wonderful Christmas concert coordinated by one of the nurses, Natasha Krier (pictured on this page). It was a delightful evening and my husband enjoyed it immensely. As a matter of fact, he mentioned it many times to staff, family and friends.
“The day before my husband died, Natasha asked if it would be okay for her cello instructor and a violinist to come to the room to perform a private concert. ‘Of course,’ we answered. That day, our family and as many staff and patients that could gather around, were treated to the most beautiful concert I will ever attend. He was so peaceful that afternoon and clapped after each piece and then thanked the performers when they were done.
“When I asked Natasha, she said it was special for her as well and was glad that it had helped my husband. She added, ‘We love it when we can do special things for our patients and families. It’s not just about nursing tasks and never just a job.’”
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