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Donor Profile: David and Belle Rampone
The Rampone Family Gives Back to Nursing
Twenty years ago, when David and Belle Rampone first came to The Miriam Hospital, they never imagined how special the hospital would become to them. David was referred to Steven Schechter, MD at The Miriam when prior colorectal surgery at another hospital was unsuccessful. “The difference was like night and day,” remembers David. “The care I received at The Miriam was great; just the way I thought it should be.”
David was so grateful; he and Belle decided they wanted to give back to The Miriam.
David joined the Board of Governors, then lent his professional expertise in engineering and construction to the Building and Grounds Committee, and now serves on The Miriam Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees. Belle became a life member of the Women’s Association and serves on the hospital’s annual gala committee.
“The more we got involved, the more we wanted to help ensure The Miriam remains the special place it is,” says David.
David’s mother recently battled breast cancer and is currently being treated for leukemia. Taking his mother to The Miriam several times a week for doctors’ appointments and chemotherapy, David immediately noticed the incredible nursing care his mother was receiving. “The infusion nurses are so compassionate and treat every patient with an abundance of kindness and sensitivity to what they are going through. They make a bad situation bearable.”
It was that commitment to patients that prompted David and Belle to create The Rampone Family Nurses Education Fund to support the incredible work of The Miriam’s oncology nurses. The nurses work so hard and have such good hearts. We’re fortunate to be in a position to help,” says Belle.
The fund was created with a $5000 gift from David and Belle, which was matched by David’s mother. An additional $3000 was added after the recent passing of David’s father when the family requested donations to the fund in lieu of flowers.
“We may have helped The Miriam, but what they have given us in kindness and compassion is far greater than money can ever buy,” concludes David.