Matthew Golem

Matthew Golem

Matthew Golem, RN

6A Rehabilitation Unit
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan
United States
Just when I was feeling as down as I could feel, Matt lifted me and everyone else in the family up with this special day!

My husband suffered a significant stroke, resulting in complete left-sided impairment, left-sided neglect, pusher syndrome, the inability to toilet himself, and the stroke also affected his speech. Matt's approach was always friendly, caring, and positive. He always spoke to my husband with dignity and respect. Matt would seek to comfort by not only checking on pain levels or offering a change in positioning, but he would ask about special foods for my husband when he noticed breakfast was not touched. He also took care of the entire family.

For example, my grandkids would get a special popsicle treat when visiting their gramps on 6A. In fact, Matt arranged for a day that we will never forget. My husband and I joined our adult children and grandchildren to meet some of the flight crew members (incredible people!) and took us out on the helipad to check out the Survival Flight chopper. It was one of the most amazing and beautiful Sundays in February! Just when I was feeling as down as I could feel, he lifted me and everyone else in the family up with this special day!

Matt really understands the importance of "family" and would have my husband FaceTime me in the morning before I came up to see him. That call provided my husband with the comfort of my voice, and also being able to see my face, but it also gave me the lift I needed to start my day. Even this evening, when Matt discovered that my husband was being discharged to a sub-acute facility, not home as we had planned; Matt was the first one to give me a much-needed hug. Matt wasn't even assigned to my husband this evening, but when he noticed his call light had been on for some time, he came to help.

Matt is knowledgeable, highly skilled, and takes amazing care of the patient, while also paying close attention to the needs of the entire family. I will never forget him for the comfort and level of care that he provided to us during the most challenging time in our lives.