Patient becomes nursing assistant at Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare

December 05, 2018 06:03 PM

Nursing assistant Nick Lohmer knows his way around Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare - and there's a reason for it.

"I am in the place where I belong," Lohmer said.


He was born with spina bifida and spends most of his day in a wheelchair. Lohmer has had 80 surgical operations during his life, and more than 20 of them have been at Gillette. 

He's a patient turned caregiver, which gives him a level of expertise many other doctors and nurses don't have. He's been working with patients at Gillette for 17 years.

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"I just have personal experience. I know what these kids are going through and I have that empathy and understanding," he said.

Lohmer is still a patient at Gillette. The hospital has a "Lifetime Specialty Program" for certain long-term, adult patients. His most recent surgery was in December of 2017.

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