Resident, Sandra Hurley, knows how important it is for a patient to be in the comfort of their own home, surrounded by those they love. Hurley’s passion for healthcare paired with her education, has recently landed her recognition amongst those in the healthcare industry across the state. The founder of Commonwealth Clinical Services, located in Winthrop, was honored as the Home Care Star Champion by the Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts, during a ceremony at the Granite Links Golf Club in Quincy.
“I was very honored to receive the award,” said Hurley. “To think that I was chosen over all the nurses and CEO’s in Massachusetts as the Champion, is so amazing.”
During the ceremony, Hurley also received a citation from Speaker of the House, Bob DeLeo.
While completing her student nursing rotation at the Boston City Hospital in 1960s, Hurley saw a lot of patients with reportable communicable diseases such as venereal diseases, tuberculosis, diseases that were rampant at the time. Years later, when her youngest child was in school, Hurley obtained a community health nursing position, which launched her career in the industry, earning leadership positions at the Boston Visiting Nurse Association. Since then, her love for home care patients has never waned. Alongside her late husband, Bill, Hurley started Commonwealth Clinical Services in 2005, in response to the need for in-home continuous skilled nursing care for complex pediatric patients.
“I have always wanted to provide nursing to home care patients. Patients feel comfort in their own homes. Patients thrive in their own homes. We all cherish the ones we love. We love to have the ones we cherish around us especially when we are sick. We are proud to own and operate Commonwealth Clinical Services, Inc. in our hometown and provide services to our community.”
As Hurley addressed the audience after she received her Home Care Star Champion award, she was grateful to see nine of her 13 grandchildren, her four children and their spouses, and staff members who have had the pleasure of witnessing her passion in the industry for so many years. “It was a day I will always remember.”