Doctors' Day

03/14/13

Local Resident Thanks Winchester Hospital Doctor

When Mary Jean Weylman went to Winchester Hospital to see Arlan Fuller, MD, her diagnosis was clear – she had ovarian cancer. 

Having lost two friends to this disease, Weylman knew the seriousness of her situation, but was relieved that something could be done. In November 2011, she had her first surgery. Now, two years later, the Winchester resident is on the road to recovery, but looking back at her two surgeries and rounds of chemotherapy, one thing sticks out in her mind.

“After the operations I was in the hospital for a long time,” she said. “What was remarkable was that every day, even on weekends, Dr. Fuller came to see me, often twice a day. Always he was so upbeat and positive, that immediately made me upbeat and positive to.”

When it came to choosing a doctor and a hospital to receive care, the decision was never in doubt for the married mother of four. 

“I knew he and his nurse practitioner [Janet Gallant Wood] were the best,” she said. “And having four children I can not tell you all the advantages of having this gem in our community. The hospital is a five or 10 minute drive from our house, so my children and my husband could visit me every day or three times a day. To have this hospital in our own backyard is incredible.”

Weylman was so pleased with her care that this year she plans to honor Dr. Fuller in recognition of National Doctors’ Day.

Doctors’ Day, which is on Saturday, March 30, is a day to recognize the contributions of doctors to individuals and communities. It’s a time to say thank you to a doctor – either through a letter or a charitable donation in that doctor’s name. Through Winchester Hospital’s Grateful Patient Program, you can honor your physician, caregiver, or team member with a gift to the hospital. To find out more information, please call the Winchester Hospital Foundation at (781) 756-2156.

“I can’t say enough about Dr. Fuller and the incredible staff at Winchester Hospital,” Weylman said. “I actually enjoy going to the Winchester Hospital Center for Cancer Care. It’s such an upbeat place. I know everyone there. They really saved my life.”

About Winchester Hospital

Winchester Hospital is the first hospital in Massachusetts to earn Magnet recognition, the American Nurses Association’s highest honor for nursing excellence, three times. As the northwest suburban Boston area’s leading provider of comprehensive health care services, the 229-bed facility provides care in general, bariatric and vascular surgery, orthopedics, pediatrics, cardiology, pulmonary medicine, oncology, gastroenterology, rehabilitation, radiation oncology, pain management, obstetrics/gynecology and a Level IIB Special Care Nursery. Winchester Hospital has clinical affiliations with several nationally recognized hospitals in the region, including Boston Children’s Hospital, Tufts Medical Center and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. To learn more, visit www.winchesterhospital.org.