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Format: 04/16/2014
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OR Today: Generosity in bloom

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

By Julie E. Williamson

For anyone who puts in long hours with a fast-paced, stressful career, most would agree that to keep grounded, and stay well-rounded in other aspects of life, it’s important to take some time to stop and smell the roses.

Helen Huber-Hightower, RN, does just that – both literally and figuratively. A surgical professional for 39 years at West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh, Huber-Hightower spent the first 22 years of her career as a surgical technologist, before going on to fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a nurse. It’s a role she cherishes, to be sure, and one her colleagues – and even her patients – say aptly suits her warm and giving spirit.

Her giving isn’t limited to full-time hours spent in the operating room, however. When not tending to the needs of surgeons and patients, Huber-Hightower can be found tending her garden. It’s her own little paradise – her personal Eden, if you will – where a sea of perennials bloom and fresh, fragrant herbs scent the air.

“I truly love my job, but gardening is my relaxing time,” she said. “When I leave the OR, I go and spend time in my garden and unwind,” she said, adding that her quiet time tending to her plants helps rejuvenate her and prepare for her another busy day in the surgical suite. Fortunately, for those around her, gardening isn’t a hobby she’s willing to just keep to herself.

To read the rest of the story, visit the MD Publishing web site.

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