Cass McLellan, 8C Trauma & Surgical ICU
November 2016 Golden Rose Recipient
Nomination submitted by Susan Ferguson, 8C Trauma &Surgical ICU
Earlier this month, a young FTM (female to male) trauma patient was admitted after being struck by a car while riding his bike. As we do with all trauma patients, all clothing was cut off. He confided to Cass just how upsetting it was to have his chest binder cut off. This is a young man who is facing heartbreaking family difficulties, recovery from a trauma and the personal struggles the trans community faces every day, and now his binder has been cut off of him. Cass went above and beyond to hear the patient's story, which he then shared with local non-profit TransActive Gender Center. While they don't have the resources to provide everyone with a binder, they were eager to help and sent a binder over right away. It arrived, but the patient had been discharged. Knowing that this was a possibility, Cass asked me reach out to the social worker working with this patient to find the best way to get the binder to the patient. In addition, because Cass was so grateful to this small non-profit for their compassion and willingness to help, he is passing around a thank-you card for staff to sign AND is raising funds for them, willing to match donations up to $50. I believe Cass deserves a ROSE Award for his thoughtful and supportive care of a trans youth.