New bench marks permanent memory for coworkers of pharmacist at Lake Shore Hospital

For coworkers of the late staff pharmacist at Lake Shore Health Care Center in Irving, a new addition to the front lobby is a warm remembrance of her sunny smile and happy personality. For visitors and patients, the new bench is a stopping place for resting, reflection and waiting for rides away from the wind and rain.

The new bench, located just inside the main doors of the hospital, was purchased through a generous donation made in memory of Kathleen Fearman, RPh, Staff Pharmacist at Lake Shore Health Care Center, who passed away unexpectedly in July 2011. The funds were contributed by her niece, an employee of the hospital’s Surgical Department, Caroline Fearman, RN, CNOR, RNFA.

“Now we’ll just walk in the hospital and think of her,” Fearman said. The bench features a plaque that commemorates Fearman’s “Aunt Kathy” and a butterfly etching, a significant symbol for the late pharmacy staffer. Hospital officials chose the prominent location for the new furnishing as a testament to the late employee’s outgoing personality.

“I think it’s a wonderful tribute to Kathy,” explained Chuck Spicola, a fellow staff pharmacist who worked with Kathleen. “She was a very dedicated employee who always put a smile on everyone’s face with her quick wit,” he said. “She’s sadly missed.” Kathleen had been a member of the hospital staff since 1995.