Grateful patient honors his care team

Grateful patient honors his care team

Roger Lewis poses for a photo with recipients of his Madonna Angel Wings Awards, Tim Bausch (left), Kathy Sievers and Jennifer Bausch (right).

When Roger Lewis suffered a spinal cord injury, he chose Madonna for his rehabilitation because of its specialized equipment and expertise. The retired executive director of the Children’s Hospital & Medical Center Foundation made a donation to Madonna last year to honor nine members of his care team.

Honored caregivers include: Physical therapists Jennifer Bausch, Tim Bausch and Kathy Sievers; occupational therapists Cara Bassinger and Molly Thomas; Sarah Stevicks, aquatic therapy; Zachary LaPuma, TherapyPlus; Mary Reece, neuropsychology; and Madison deKoning, nursing.

Here are a few of the comments Roger shared about his team:

“Sarah gave me the thrill of walking on my own soon after I began working with her in aquatic therapy. Her encouraging manner helped me quickly overcome any fear of being in the water without the balance and dexterity I was used to.” 

“Zachary always was a day brightener and encouraged me through the strenuous Lokomat sessions. He also was very attentive to how I was tolerating the sessions.” 

“During our time together, Cara felt my arms were strong enough to move from a platform walker to a regular walker which was a tremendous morale boost for me because in my mind it was a big step toward normalcy.”

Through the Madonna Angel Wings program, a grateful patient family can make a gift to the Madonna Foundation in honor of someone who provided exceptional care. Donations to the Angel Wings Program support world-class rehabilitation at Madonna.

Grateful patients honored 138 employees and volunteers this past year and 631 since the program began in 2012. For information on how you can honor a Madonna nurse, therapist, volunteer or other staff member contact Sue Carraher, Lincoln Campus, 402.413.4780,,  or Mary Gene Wepfer, Omaha Campus, 402.401.5052