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Christina M. Braun, R.N.

Excellence in Care Award Recipient

Overwhelmingly nominated by fifteen co-workers and patients at the Providence Surgical Care Group

Tina works in the vascular rehabilitation program and is the principal coordinator of the Vascular Exercise Program.  In addition to the exemplary care she shows her patients, she has also written several papers and articles on the value of exercise therapy for intermittent claudication.

Her patients speak of her dedication and  her depth of  knowledge and her sense of humor. Here are just a few excerpts from the many letters sent in: 

"I have worked with Tina for nearly three years and have worked in the vascular care profession for twenty years. I have had the privilege of seeing the birth and growth of vascular rehab in numerous states and many prestigious medical institutions.  None, however, have compared to the professionalism and quality of care that Tina provides on a daily basis.  Tina possesses the rare ability to compassionately motivate patients with various degrees of peripheral arterial disease.  She has more than a few patients that owe their continued use of their legs to her persistence and dedication." - R. Scissons, RVT

"Since I started the Vascular Exercise Program, I have seen vast improvement in my claudication symptoms and an improvement in my ability to function at work and my overall quality of life.  I attribute my success to the knowledge and caring that Tina shares with all participants on a daily basis."  - M. Donato

"Tina is a truly professional woman.  She is very efficient, kind, and caring." - J. Faioli

"My husband started working with Tina many years ago in a vascular rehab program.  When he started the program he could not even walk 1 minute on the treadmill and his vascular tests were severely diminished.  Through Tina's diligence and expertise, John is still very active in the exercise program.  Tina's knowledge in the area of vascular rehabilitation and her outgoing, warm personality continue to keep John on track and major vascular surgery has been avoided."  - H. Duggan

"She is one of the most caring people I have ever met.  She gives equal treatment to those who are in her program.  She is encouraging, empathetic, and knowledgeable; an outstanding individual and teacher.  She is a lady who spreads love over all of us."  - N. Klibe

"Having been in Tina's vascular care for several years, I can personally attest to her professionalism and knowledge which has greatly enhanced my physical improvement under her nurturing care and guidance."  Her great personality and humor have played a big part in my continued participation in this program."  - D. Spratt

"Tina is a very skilled professional person, superbly qualified to assess and to offer help to the patients who attend the vascular program.  She is also a very caring and invested person.  Her professional skills combined with the ability to reach out to the people she is helping result in her patients feeling very motivated to use the help to full extent."  - I. Smith

"Tina possesses those necessary attributes of effectively dealing with people on a daily basis.  She is professional, extremely knowledgeable, and very caring.  She also possesses a great sense of humor, which further puts people at ease.  I feel very fortunate to be in Tina's care and I highly recommend her for consideration in your award program."  -- R. Bates

"Tina is a very caring and extremely knowledgeable professional.  She not only does our vascular program but she also takes the time to study up on all medical problems that certain participants may have, so that none of the exercises will interfere with their particular problem.  This is very encouraging to us and allows us to work to the best of our ability.  If someone does not show after a few days, Tina will call that individual to see if they are okay.  She has also taken it upon herself (on her own time) to visit us when we have the misfortune to be hospitalized.  She also has a great sense of humor, which makes all of us happy to be around her."  - A. Blanger

"I was the first to graduate from the vascular exercise program under the direction of Ms. Tina Braun.  I find her to be very knowledgeable and most of all very caring."  -- A. Miele

"Tina has provided care and attention far beyond the "call of duty" during my several years of involvement in the vascular rehab program.  There is not a detail too small for her concern.  Whether it is to ask about a sick child or grandchild, offer congratulations for a family members' success, or provide me with a favorite "tune" to exercise with, Tina manages to remember.  All of this is in addition to the amazing nursing care she provides.  Tina tests and retests my blood sugar, never allowing me to leave until she is satisfied that I will safely reach my next destination.  She even has my favorite juice on hand!  Tina exhibits a calm confidence that is a sign of true professionalism.  She is always prepared to attend to any detail necessary to assist any member of our group.  I extend my heartfelt congratulations to the most deserving recipient." - N. Saltzman. 

"Tina has been the principal coordinator of the Vascular Exercise Program at Providence Surgical Care Group since its inception.  Her dedication, skill, professionalism and sense of humor have made it a truly wonderful program.  Her program is individualized to accommodate each participant.  She has even designed an exercise regiment for a visually impaired client to include all exercise equipment in a safe yet independent fashion.  Her attention to the diabetic population is exemplary and her annual holiday party includes awards for special attributes of her clients from earliest client to best dancer.  I know I speak for the other members of my class when I say that we are very fortunate to have such a caring professional who we highly recommend  for your prestigious award."  - L. Russo

"Tina is a very caring person and she deals with her clientele on a personal and professional level.  She is aware of any medical problems we have and knows just how we should exercise so as not to interfere with out problems.  I am thankful for Tina's vast knowledge of vascular care for she has made a profound impact on me and my health."  -A. Trisvane

"Tina is professional and extremely knowledgeable in what she does.  She goes above and beyond her duties with people.  She has an outstanding personality.  Since I have been in Tina's care, which has been over one year, I feel that I have improved immensely." - E. Dolan