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March 2006

Mary Burke, RN

Operating Room

Star Performer, Mary Burke "I love what I do, and I can't imagine doing it anywhere else," says Mary Burke, our March Star Performer of the Month. "That's what's kept me at Lowell General for 46 years."

Mary is the neuro/vascular service leader in the Operating Room. She began her nursing career with Lowell General Hospital in 1960 as a student in the School of Nursing. In 1963 she started as an RN in the Emergency Department, and later transferred to the Operating Room in 1989.

"Mary excels at turning the tight OR schedule into order," says Walter Szuksta, RN, Clinical Manager of the Operating Room. As the neuro/vascular service leader, Mary's duties include selecting general surgical supplies, neuro/vascular equipment, and maintaining the inventory. Mary anticipates the needs of the surgeons and supports the goals of the Surgical Services department. Wally says that she always maintains that "can do" attitude.

Mary describes her work as exciting and rewarding. She can't imagine what it's like for those people that wake up every day to a job they don't enjoy. Mary looks forward to the hustle and bustle of the Operating Room every day. Mary lives in Chelmsford with her husband and has four grown children. She's passed down her passion for nursing to her daughter, Laura Crain, the Clinical Manager of the IMC/ICU here at Lowell General Hospital. Mary enjoys spending time with her five grandchildren and taking road trips up the coast to Bar Harbor, Maine.

Congratulations, Mary. You're a Star!

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