“We are so fortunate to have Speare here,” says Mary Durgin. Her brother, George Durgin, felt the same. That’s why he included Speare among the charities he made provisions for in a charitable trust he established. Since his passing 16 years ago, Mary has distributed a check to Speare every year, which has helped the hospital purchase new technology and support many other endeavors.
After carrying out her brother’s wishes all these years, Mary recently became a patient — and that made a great impression on her.
Mary knew she had a hip problem for a few years. But she dealt with it, telling people she would have it looked at when she felt she should. That day came when she was renovating her lake house and tripped, falling hard. It hurt, but she had dinner to make. It still hurt when she lay down that night, but she was sure the pain would pass. When it still hurt the next day, she called her niece, Meredith, who is a nurse at Speare. Meredith wasted no time and brought Mary to the hospital where they discovered she had fractured her pelvis.
A fractured pelvis requires sitting and resting. By the time Mary healed, six weeks later, she was eager to regain her active lifestyle. She decided it was time she should get her hip fixed. She went to Plymouth Orthopedics & Sports Medicine and arranged for the surgery at Speare.
“I didn’t have a bit of fear when I walked into Speare for my surgery that morning,” says Mary.
Before the surgery, she asked Dr. Gennaro if he could make her legs the same length. After favoring one for so many years, one leg was over an inch shorter than the other.
“He said that he would try his best,” says Mary. “After the surgery, he said it took a bit longer, but he did it.
“Everything went so smoothly and I haven’t had a bit of pain,” says Mary. “Everybody was wonderful.”
She says her experience as a patient changed her.
“I want to yell from the rooftops about how incredibly wonderful my experience at Speare has been,” says Mary, as she returns from an afternoon cruise on Squam Lake in her pontoon boat.