Every day, Brad Campbell looks in the mirror at the “scar of gratitude” on his neck, which tells the story of his life-changing accident and all of the team members and nurses who helped him through it.
After a severe biking accident in Transylvania County landed avid cyclist and Asheville resident Brad in Mission Hospital, he followed his visit with a letter sharing his experience and deep gratitude to those who cared for him. Brad recalls that he met and interacted with about 100 different caregivers, from Transylvania Regional Hospital to Mission Hospital, over his five-day stay. In his letter he recognized, by name, 26 individuals who impacted his and his wife’s Mission Experiences.
Of those 100 team members, there were several nurses who made a lasting impression in caring for Brad. In the spirit of our #ThankANurse campaign during Nurses Week, Brad came back to thank registered nurse John Devan.
John, an RN on the trauma floor at Mission Hospital, had just gotten into road biking so they initially connected over a shared passion for cycling. Nearly 10 months into his healing journey, Brad has returned to cycling and is planning a cross-country ride this year. John says that, as a nurse, “it’s rewarding to see that you’ve impacted someone’s life and helped them through a difficult situation.”
Brad tells us, with tears in his eyes, that he “just couldn’t believe the level of care, compassion, professionalism and advocacy that was exhibited consistently” throughout his entire experience. Brad says, “I felt like I was being cared for by relatives that I had never met before.” Watch his story as he shares his “overwhelming gratitude.”