From the nomination: An elderly couple was admitted to the SICU following a car accident. Their 70th wedding anniversary was approaching. With the husband and wife in separate areas, they frequently asked about each other.
After a few weeks, both patients began to decline. The staff played “musical beds” and moved the couple into an area together, turning the beds so they could see each other. The husband continued to tell his wife he loved her. Later that night the wife passed away. Within an hour of her passing, the husband passed.
Because the SICU staff made an incredible impact on this couple, they were able to go peacefully, having been in each other’s presence.