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Quilt Symbolizes UVMC Nursing

The multi-paneled quilt that adorns the stairway of the Upper Valley Medical Center was the inspiration of Robin Hetzler, RNC, Medical-Surgical staff nurse. She discussed the concept with other staff members and challenged nursing departments to create panels for a quilt that reflected the care delivered to their patients. Robin and her mother, Mary Lou Helmer, then took the panels and painstakingly stitched them together. The endeavor, which began in 2006, took Robin and Mrs. Helmer over a year to complete. The project was then handed off to Karen Weaver, RN, a staff nurse in Women's Services who completed the backing and quilting.

As intended, the quilt represents the art and beauty of nursing. Centered in the masterpiece is the UVMC Magnet logo. Its panel connects the adjoining panels, uniting them in the spirit and culture of UVMC nursing, "Hand to Hand, Heart to Heart." UVMC nurses, many representing the nursing departments that created the panels for the quilt, are pictured in front of it, in the stairway of the hospital.