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Groundbreaking Robotic Tour for Regional Hospice Patient

Whitney Museum Robotic Tour

Regional Hospice, in partnership with OATS (Older Adults Technology Services) and Finale Consulting, enabled Nancy Stevenson to experience the first-ever robotic tour of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City – all from the comfort of her hospice bed. Nancy is an artist and illustrator who had lived in the city before her progressing cancer led her to choose hospice care from the Center for Comfort Care & Healing.

When Stevenson, who has been sharing her hospice experience on her blog hopeandcourage.com, expressed her wish to view the Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney’s Collection, Regional Hospice worked to make that a reality. The Whitney, whose mission is to feature American artists through an eclectic array of collections, graciously accommodated the request on a day when the museum was closed to the public.

In anticipation of the event, Nancy emailed Regional Hospice staff to express her gratitude. “I’m looking forward to my personal tour of the Whitney Portrait Show – very exciting! It’s a miracle you could set this up and I feel I’ve won a Make a Wish moment.”

The opportunity was so meaningful to Stevenson because, as she wrote, “I have always been a figurative painter. I did my undergraduate work at Syracuse University with one of the world’s most foremost figurative portrait painters, Jerome Witkin. And, I also studied with masters at The Art Student’s League in NYC.”

The first-of-its-kind tour of the Whitney utilized a telepresence robot connected to software on Nancy’s laptop which allowed her to virtually explore the museum. An educator from the museum was on hand for questions, allowing Stevenson to be fully immersed in the experience. In addition, Nancy was supported by her Social Worker, Amy Bauer.

“This is an amazing opportunity and we are very grateful to the Whitney Museum and all of the members of the OATS team and Finale Consulting who made this wonderful event possible for Nancy. She is a special person whose love of creating and sharing artwork has truly brightened our Center,” expressed Cynthia Emiry Roy, President & CEO for Regional Hospice.

For more information on Nancy, please visit her Patient Story or read about her courageous battle with cancer on her blog: hopeandcourage.com,


Following are some of Nancy Stevenson’s portraits:

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Rashmi – Oils

3-andrew

Andrew – Oils

4-jalissia

Jalessia – Pastel Painting

5-carl

Carl – Pastel Painting

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Sketches Created on NYC Subway

Nancy Stevenson – An Artist, Adventurer and Friend

Return to Patient Stories

by Regional Hospice and Home Care Volunteer, Debbie Bodie

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A postcard painted by Nancy Stevenson

Walking through the halls of Regional Hospice and Home Care’s Center for Comfort Care and Healing on the way to visit Nancy Stevenson, I quickly got a sense of the incredible human being I was about to meet. Volunteers and staff had bright smiles across their faces when asked about Nancy. It was clear that her genuine warmth, positive outlook and grace-filled spirit touch the lives of everyone she encounters.

Creator and World Traveler

Nancy Stevenson is a creative woman with the heart of an artist and the soul of an adventurer. As an artist and illustrator, she has a passion for children’s literature and nonprofit educational organizations. She has worked for Sesame Street in various roles since 1978, as well as illustrating children’s books for Disney and The Magic School Bus among others. She has been painting and writing for most of her adult life, passions she continues to pursue. Even from her hospice room, Nancy has immersed herself with painting watercolors and mailing them as thank you notes to loved ones. An avid traveler, Nancy loves to seize the opportunity for adventure. She has a love of sailing and traveling. Some of her favorite memories include sailing off the coast of Belize, exploring Italy, touring Ireland, Turkey, Guyana, being captivated by the beauty of the South of France, and chartering a catamaran with 8-10 of her closest friends.

Beloved by Family and Friends

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Nancy surrounded by friends.

Nancy reminisces with joy and happiness about her many wonderful family memories. These include big family reunions in Florida she attended in the summers when Nancy and her brother-in-law turned the garage into a studio for puppet shows and arts and crafts for the whole family to enjoy. She loves her nephew, and her niece who lives locally and visits often. She lovingly displays in her room the beautiful pillows with painted artwork prepared by her niece’s children. Nancy lived in New York City since 1977 and speaks tenderly about her Astoria neighborhood, church and community of friends. Her face lights up when speaking of the numerous friends who continue to visit her from New York. From her landlord to her co-workers to her church family, Nancy has received an outpouring of visitors, cards and gifts. Each of these gestures of kindness are sincerely cherished and appreciated.

A Magnetic Personality

Nancy has had so many battles to fight over the years and has faced them with grace and fortitude. In addition to the friends and family she touches, she has chosen to share her cancer journey with the world through her blog, hopeandcourage.com. Many strangers discovered her blog who are suffering with a similar diagnosis to Nancy’s. She lovingly emails them words of encouragement and support. In addition, Nancy speaks of the new appreciation she has developed for older people as they struggle to live with the limitations that age has placed upon them. She sees her illness as an opportunity to show more compassion and kindness towards others. She has achieved a state of peace and grace that she firmly believes is a gift from God.

An Advocate of Hospice Care

Nancy’s first experience with hospice was over twenty years ago, when she lost her beloved dad who had received compassionate hospice care. With this positive experience in mind, Nancy decided to stop treatment and seek the help of hospice after her last scans came back with bleak results. Living in Queens without a primary caregiver, she tried for a while to “keep all the balls in the air” while staying home, managing rotating caregivers, obtaining groceries and dealing with the pain, which was difficult to control.

Grateful to Regional Hospice and Home Care

Nancy with Pet Partner, Abbey, and Volunteer, Roseanne Loring

Nancy with Pet Partner, Abbey, and Volunteer, Roseanne Loring

With the aid of her niece who lives in Connecticut, Nancy learned about Regional Hospice and Home Care’s Center for Comfort Care and Healing. When a room became available in the Center, she felt that it was “God’s providence.” She speaks with sincere gratitude for all of the help and kindness she has experienced at the Center. She has studied the history of the building and knows that it was built with love. After some very unpleasant stays in the hospital, Nancy relishes the way that you can feel the love emanating from every room and every person at Regional Hospice. “Every day I feel God just confirms that this is where I am supposed to be.” Her pain is under control now and she enjoys the beautiful view from her room, the spa treatments, the volunteers who visit often, the therapy dogs, and the excellent medical care. “Everyone is so sweet and nice and helpful and will do anything for you. I am just so grateful.” Nancy credits Regional Hospice with enabling her to feel safe and stress-free at a time in her life when she truly relishes the peace.

Just as blessed as Nancy feels to be part of the hospice community, we the hospice community feel equally as blessed to have the opportunity to experience the beauty and grace of Nancy Stevenson!

UPDATE: We are sad to report that Nancy lost her courageous battle with cancer. Our condolences go to her family and friends.