Shelly Vits

Shelly Vits

Shelly Vits, RN, BSN, ONC

5th floor Surgical/Ortho
TriStar Summit Medical Center
Hermitage, Tennessee
United States
Shelly has become a hero to my family, as she came to my wife's memorial service on the Monday following her death.

My wife was admitted to Summit ER after suffering a hemorrhagic stroke in the brain stem. The stroke had destroyed her ability to breathe on her own and she was put on a ventilator and moved to ICU. After consultation with the neurologist and neurosurgeon, and with the realization that there was no path forward, we honored her often-expressed wishes and shortly after noon, we authorized the removal of the ventilator to make way for her journey from this life to her eternal reward. The doctors told us to expect that she would pass in 15-30 minutes and gently prepared us for what would happen. The staff of ER and ICU were totally professional and caring, but they could not prepare us for what happened next. My wife was an extraordinarily strong and determined person, and she decided to stay much longer than anyone expected. In fact, sometime after 8 pm that night, they moved her - and 7 of us gathered with her - to the 5th floor to await her passing. It was here that we met an angel sent to minister to all of us. Shelly Vits greeted us with uncommon compassion and treated us with extraordinary kindness from that moment until well after my wife left us around 6 am the following day. Shelly made sure my wife was comfortable and that we understood everything that was going on. She came in the room more often than required throughout the night and was a constant source of comfort. The care offered to us extended beyond my wife's death. I waited in the room while the staff prepared her to meet the organ donor people. They gently repositioned her head to a peaceful, restful position and found a brush and combed her hair, removing all the little knots and tangles until it was smooth and beautiful. That is an image I will gladly carry with me the rest of my life. Shelly has become a hero to my family, as she came to my wife's memorial service on the Monday following her death. She has made us feel so special by honoring a woman she knew only by having met her family for a few hours.