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Ms. Cynthia T. French

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Local Address:  United States
American College of Chest Physicians
3300 Dundee Road
Northbrook , Illinois 60062
United States

Company Description: The ACCP represents 16,500 members who provide clinical respiratory, sleep, critical care, and cardiothoracic patient care in the United States and throughout the...   more

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  • PhD
  • MS
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Staff | Staff & Contact Us - American College of Chest Physicians, 5 Oct 2015 [cached]
Cynthia T. French, PhD, ANP-BC, FCCP - Assistant Editor, CHEST
Business Development
Cynthia T. French, MS, ..., 23 June 2013 [cached]
Cynthia T. French, MS, ANP-BC - Assistant Editor, CHEST
ACCP Staff, 25 Nov 2009 [cached]
Cynthia French, RN, MS - Assistant Editor, CHEST
Educational Resources
Cindy French, NP, Awarded ..., 17 Nov 2008 [cached]
Cindy French, NP, Awarded Compassionate Caregiver of the Year Nurse practitioner recognized for making 'the unbearable bearable'
WORCESTER - Cynthia T. French of Boylston was a 19-year-old nurse navigating the intensive care unit. A new graduate, she was proud of the skills she brought to her patients, particularly the people with severe lung and neuromuscular disease who needed respirators to breathe.
Cindy T. French, nurse practitioner at UMass Memorial Medical Center, was honored with the Schwartz Center Compassionate Caregiver Award. "I was out there diligently caring for IVs and tubes and taking their blood pressures," she said.
Caring for the whole patient and by extension their families is a cornerstone of the compassion for which Ms. French was honored last week with the Schwartz Center Compassionate Caregiver Award.
Now a nurse practitioner who coordinates critical care operations at UMass Memorial Medical Center and serves as assistant editor for the medical journal Chest, Ms. French still cares for patients in the hospital's Lung and Allergy Center.
"The population of patients I care for is not a population that someone who cares would ever walk away from," she said.
Her patients have disabling shortness of breath or coughs so bad they interfere with daily life. They have emphysema or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (better known as COPD) or lung cancer or chronic asthma. They come to the outpatient clinic for years as they manage their disease, building relationships with their caregivers.
"Cindy treats all of her patients just like they were her own family," said Dr. Richard S. Irwin, chair of critical care at UMass Memorial and professor of medicine and nursing at University of Massachusetts Medical School.
"Cindy was always his nurse," his wife, Mary Skinner, said last week about her husband, who died last year at age 67.
Ms. French met him, hanging over his car door, and ushered him into the hospital. Fifteen minutes later, he couldn't breathe.
"Cindy is able to work with patients and let them know she feels their pain, but not just that. She also leaves them with the impression that she will do something about it," he said.
"We never let go of hope," Ms. French said. "We can't always cure the illness but my own definition of hope is the spiritual grace that allows us to help our patients find the strength to face the next day and whatever it may bring."
She also has a definition for compassion.
CYNTHIA FRENCH, NP, NAMED ..., 13 Nov 2008 [cached]
Cynthia French, NP, MS, a nurse practitioner at UMass Memorial Medical Center, is the winner of the prestigious Schwartz Center Compassionate Caregiver Award, given by the Boston-based Kenneth B. Schwartz Center.
"Cynthia has spent much of her life working with patients who struggle with one of the most basic requirements of life: breath," said Julie Rosen, executive director of the Schwartz Center.
Wielding a "velvet hammer," as one patient's wife put it, Cindy has made a career out of recognizing patient needs that are not being met, then working with kindred spirits to create change. When it became clear that more could be done to improve the quality of life for patients with lung disease, Cindy, her long-time collaborator Richard Irwin, MD, and several colleagues created a pulmonary rehabilitation program.
"Many of her patients have not wanted to die without Cindy being present," said one colleague. Cindy always sends the mourners a note with a copy of Healing After Loss, a book that offered her deep solace after her own father died.
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