Amber DiMaria, RN

Culture of Caring: A pre-existing condition

Amber DiMaria

Even before she was a registered nurse, Amber DiMaria embraced the Culture of Caring philosophy. Hired as an ER Tech at West Bloomfield in 1985, Amber’s appreciation for the power of nursing quickly grew. In addition to witnessing the work of nurses in action, she brought with her the concern of her toddler son and his anaphylactic allergies and respiratory issues.

These two factors inspired her to go back to school and become an RN. Today, Amber’s healthy son is 21 years old and she has enjoyed a successful career in nursing, working eight years in the ER at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital and six years (and running) at Henry Ford Medical Center - Columbus Endoscopy in Novi. Her caring nature and excellence at doing her job prompted this recent compliment posted on MyChart directed toward Amber:

My family and I have been Henry Ford patients for over 30 years. The nurses we have encountered through the years in the Henry Ford system have been wonderful; but I feel like I have to give a special, heart-felt THANK YOU to my nurse today, Amber. She was kind, professional, and very warm and caring. We had a few laughs and I found out that she went skiing years ago at the same place my husband and I just went last month. It was nice making a ‘connection’ in that short period of time.

Please tell Amber thank you again from both me and my husband.  We are most appreciative of the terrific health care!”

While Amber embraces the Culture of Caring model of AIDET +1, the philosophy is not new to her. Like many HFHS nurses, all of the components of this best practice were already in place.

“I actually already practiced the Culture of Caring model prior to AIDET,” Amber said. “But when it was presented I was pleasantly surprised that HFHS nailed it — all of it is common courtesy and the way we all should treat patients, visitors and peers. It is a blessing and a privilege to care for patients and families during the moments in their lives when they are at their most vulnerable.”

According to Nurse Manager Jeff Sanner, this type of caring is rooted in Amber’s personality.

“Amber is a great nurse and an even better person,” Jeff said. “She is always smiling and gives her best to her patients. She is part of a great team in Endoscopy here at Columbus!”

Amber agreed that the entire team at Columbus Endoscopy practices this same level of focus on lessening patient suffering.

“Columbus Endoscopy is one of the best departments at Henry Ford I have worked in,” she said. “We have a wonderful, diverse, experienced, kind and compassionate staff that has such a unique chemistry. Our manager, Peggy Talarczyk, leads with professionalism, caring and fairness.

“The truth is our department gets many compliments from patients and families at discharge. I am blessed to work with such a great group of kind, caring and compassionate professionals.”