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Louise Spiess will always be a woman ahead of her time to her family, ably balancing a career as a nurse and educator with the demands of raising four children. As a tribute to her accomplishments and to inspire the next generation of nurses, the Spiess family made a gift to name the nursing station in the new Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at NSMC Salem Hospital in Louise’s honor.
“NSMC Salem Hospital plays a critically important role in our community, and the ICU serves as the very heart of the hospital,” says Gary Spiess, Louise’s son and former chairman of the NSMC Board of Trustees.
Louise began her nursing education in 1937 but delayed finishing it to raise her family. In 1976, she earned her bachelor’s degree from Salem State College and became an assistant instructor of nursing at the Salem Hospital School of Nursing.
“Mom has always been a role model for all of us,” says Louise’s daughter, Barbara Miller, R.N., an emergency room nurse at NSMC Union Hospital. “We couldn’t imagine a better way to honor her.”
Gifts of all sizes are important, but a gift of $1,000 or more recognizes you as a member of our 1874 Society, a group of our most generous annual contributors. 1874 Society members receive special recognition in NSMC publications and are invited to a variety of educational and social events throughout the year.
1874 Society Levels:
$7,500 -- Chairman's Circle
$5,000 - $7,499 President's Circle
$2,500 - $4,999 Patron
$1,000 - $2,499 Sponsor