Kay Carolin recognized as a 2020 Crain’s COVID-19 Hero

Kay Carolin recognized as a 2020 Crain’s COVID-19 Hero

Congratulations to Kay Carolin, chief nursing officer at Karmanos Cancer Institute, for being recognized as a 2020 Crain’s COVID-19 Hero!

This special section recognizes those who were on the front lines of the coronavirus crisis, whether in hospitals or businesses, who stepped up in unimaginable circumstances to save lives.

From Crain’s Detroit Business:

When the coronavirus pandemic swept through Michigan, the stakes were especially high at the only cancer-specific hospital in the state.

The responsibility of looking after dozens of immunocompromised patients, as well as 365 registered nurses, fell on the shoulders of Kathleen "Kay" Carolin, chief nursing officer at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center in Detroit.

Carolin, a 40-year veteran of the health care industry, didn't retreat to her office when the novel virus shook the hospital. She could be found on the unit at all hours of the day, according to the nurses she oversees and who Carolin says are every bit as much heroes.

Jesse Martinovich, a nurse preceptor at Karmanos, said Carolin also made sure her nurses never felt alone.

"A lot of our job is we have to be strong for the patients during this because they were afraid, and I feel like Kay was the one being strong for us," Martinovich said. "So we could walk into our patient's room with a brave face and really be there for them, but when we left the room, we knew we had her to help support us and be there for us."

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