Phlebotomist Junko Wright has been drawing blood for oncology patients
for the past four years. During her weekend shift at Lawrence Memorial
Hospital, they tell her how their illnesses are affecting them week after week.

"They are going through a lot," Wright said. "Sometimes I don't know
what to say." She and her patients know that everything that can be done to
help them get better is being done. So often she just listens.

"I am living with cancer," wrote one of Wright's regular patients to
the hospital. "Her caring personality means so very much each and every time I
have to go in [to do lab work]."

For this gentle yet powerful impact on patients, Wright was awarded
November's Employee of the Month at Hallmark Health System. Evelyn Franzese, outreach phlebotomy supervisor at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, lauds Wright's outstanding phlebotomy
and customer service skills and notes that she does more than gracefully draw
blood. "Junko's greatest attribute with patients is her ability to be
compassionate and a keen listener," she said.

Wright is humbled and honored by the recognition and feels like it
should go to the whole team. "I didn't do anything special," she said. Instead,
she admires her patients for their strength and gets emotional when she talks
about being recognized for helping them.

"They don't realize that they're actually helping me more," she said.
"I get caught up in little dramas. They come in and tell me what they go
through. It takes me back and helps me see things in the bigger picture."

Originally from Japan, Wright came to this country to pursue her
passion for dance but found her calling in health care. Her patients inspire
her to grow and improve. "What they go through is so hard," she explained. "It
makes me want to do better, to do more." Someday Wright hopes to transition to
a role as a surgical technologist and make an even bigger difference.

News & Events

Lawrence Memorial Hospital: Committed to the Future Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Medford is...

 

Not to be missed... 

 
Melrose Church of the Nazarene
Tuesday, November 21
 
 
Tree of Love
Lawrence Memorial Hospital
of Medford
Wednesday, December 6

 
North Suburban (Malden) 
WIC Program
Saturday, December 11
 
 
Lawrence Memorial Hospital
of Medford
Wednesday, December 13
 
 
 
 
 
social facebook   social twitter   social youtube