From Friend to Guardian Angel

It’s not often that a childhood best friend is still by your side during life milestones into your adult years. But, fortunately for Nicole Kloss, a friend she’s known since she was 3 years old supported her through two unexpected and frightening events. Leah Dillon was by Nicole’s side during two surgeries as her anesthesia CRNA at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center.

“It was very comforting to have Leah with me,” said Nicole, director of corporate health. “We had full trust in everyone on my care team, but felt even better with Leah providing a second set of eyes for my family who she’s known for so many years.”

Leah’s remarkable care drastically helped Nicole calm her nerves. “She has a special way to put everyone at ease, even with so many things happening all at once,” said Nicole. “And, after my surgeries I experienced absolutely no nausea from my medications. I would recommend Leah to any surgery patient at NHPMC!”

Inspired by Leah’s compassion, Nicole chose to make a donation to NHPMC in her honor. The Novant Health Guardian Angel program allows grateful patients to do just this, recognizing the special people who have provided remarkable care.

In May, a ceremony was held for Leah at NHPMC. She received a pin to wear on her ID badge, and her name is now on the Guardian Angel recognition wall at NHPMC. Several team members attended her ceremony to show their support, including Paula Vincent, NHPMC president and COO, and Kenneth D. Weeks, MD (both pictured with Nicole and Leah).

Thank you Leah for continuing to provide exceptional care. And, thank you Nicole for choosing to honor a well-deserving team member.

Novant Health foundations provide opportunities for patients to donate on behalf of a team member or department in all of our markets.

Learn more or submit a Grateful Patient story here.