Patient Stories

Katie's Story

As a teacher, Katie Vesper always looks after our kids. When her own child, Addie, was born six weeks early, it was Dr. Cem Omay’s and nurse Teresa Tonzola’s turn to look after both of them. Katie is always in control of her class, but having her newborn in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) brought a sense of helplessness. Fortunately, Katie and her baby were at the Katena Center for Mother and Child in Denville. The team not only gave Addie the care she needed, but also gave Katie constant updates on Addie’s condition and prepared her for home.

The Giuliano's Story

Barbara, Jessica, Harper Giuliano’s Story

On October 1, 2018 our world was about to change and you can only hope for the better. My wife, Jessica, went into labor sooner than expected: We were a month early. Before we knew it Harper Jade joined our family in just a few short hours on October 2, 2018. A range of emotions to say the least! We felt excited, were so in love with her, scared for her and us and so unsure, so much was out of our control.

From the moment we entered labor and delivery at Saint Clare’s Health Katena Center, right up until our daughter was released to come home, the love and care that was shown, to not only our daughter, but both my wife and myself, by all of Saint Clare's staff, was immeasurable.

Our baby girl was placed in the NICU and that is when our angel in waiting stepped forward. It’s not often you get that certain someone who puts your mind at ease but on this day and each day forward until our last day there, we did. One NICU nurse, Theresa Stanton, stands out and made a difference in our lives. We will always be thankful and grateful for this simple act of kindness we were shown. The love she showed us, recognizing us as new parents to a baby who needed special care. Theresa was more than a nurse, she made us feel loved. Her soft voice and gentle touch guided us along the way setting all our concerns and “firsts” at ease.

I cannot imagine my wife and I going through this experience without having met her. Theresa has forever etched my heart with her love.