Times story captures alum's dying lesson

January 11, 2013

Martha Keochareon and Kelly Keane at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.Martha Keochareon, Kelly Keane and HCC student Michelle Elliot.

In her last days, Martha Keochareon offered nursing students from HCC an extraordinary gift -- the experience of visiting with her as she lay dying of pancreatic cancer. Unselfishly, Martha, herself a nurse and an HCC alum, decided to let her end-of-life experience become a teachable moment. 

This article in the New York Times chronicles that story

The Times story was also reprinted in the Springfield Republican

Watch a video of Martha Keochareon

Photos: (Left) Kelly Keane, HCC nursing education specialist, right, visits with Martha Keochareon during a hospital stay at Baystate Medical Center in December. (Right) Keane and HCC nursing student Michelle Elliot, right, with Keochareon.


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