Caitlin Golota, NICU Nurse
Northwestern Prentice Women’s Hospital
Nominated by Lindsay Bertoncini
We were so lucky to have Caitlin become Stella’s only primary nighttime nurse. When she was born it was really important that I be there when the doctors and residents did their rounds. I arrived at Prentice around 8:30am and left around 5:30-6pm. I never really got a chance to see any of the nighttime nurses. When Caitlin’s friend, Kara, became one of Stella’s primaries she said she would ask her good friend if she wanted to be on “Team Stella.”
We are so incredibly happy that she accepted. I felt comfortable knowing Caitlin was with Stella. She left me notes about her night and made crafts such as a flower pot with Stella’s handprints on it. Caitlin is kind, caring, and full of life. Once I started coming to the hospital a little later in the morning and staying longer at night, I got to know her so much better. She always came in with a smile and was truly excited to see Stella. She even gave me her phone number so I could send pictures and updates when she headed out of town. Caitlin was a perfect fit for our family and our daughter. I couldn’t imagine going through this whole process without someone like her.