The Story of a Medical Emergency Leads to Warm Welcomes and Piano Melodies

Katherine Mihaliak welcomes visitors to the McLean Health Center while her granddaughter Lorraine serenades the residents on the piano.After a trip to Florida, Katherine Mihaliak’s COPD flared up putting her in the hospital. They recommended she rehab at the McLean Post Acute Center in Simsbury that has the Breathe Easy COPD program. She grew healthier in the Rehab Center then went home and continued the Breathe Easy Program with McLean Home Care. This was last winter. Now she is strong, bragging about being a good 85, and managing her chronic illness with the lessons she learned from the Breathe Easy Program team.

While she was a patient at McLean, she learned that she could give back by volunteering there. Weekly Katherine volunteers as an Ambassador greeting visitors to the McLean Health Center. An added bonus is that she comes from Avon with her sixteen year old granddaughter, Lorraine Mihaliak, who has studied piano for eight years. While Katherine is offering visitors directions and assistance, they are treated to a rich variety of music Lorraine plays for the residents.

Katherine Mihaliak welcomes visitors to the McLean Health Center while her granddaughter Lorraine serenades the residents on the piano.

McLean truly appreciates this special thank you the Mihaliak family is donating. If you’d like to share your talents with the McLean community, please call 860-658-3725 or click here. To learn more about the Breathe Easy COPD Program, call 860-658-3950 or click here.