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Lorraine Paradis, RN

Retired Abington nurse and current volunteer

My Abington Memorial Hospital story began when we moved to Abington in 1966 and I chose the AMH School of Nursing because I wanted to follow my mother’s example of community involvement and service.

After graduating in 1969, I worked at AMH for three years before leaving to work elsewhere for a few years, then staying at home to care for my young family. I returned to AMH in 1978, remaining an Abington nurse for 33 years through retirement. 

I grew up in a true AMH family, as my mother Rose Gonnella volunteered at Abbie’s Thrift Shoppe for more than 25 years in addition to her auxiliary service. My father Bob Gonnella worked at AMH as director of Parking from the late seventies to the early nineties. Our family was extremely proud when he was nominated for the hospital’s prestigious Williamson Award.

I love the hospital and the opportunity it affords me to be connected and to serve my community – now, making outreach calls to senior citizens for Operation Reassurance three mornings and as a retired nurse assisting with the hospital’s community health outreach programs and screenings. I also volunteer as a member of the Jenkintown/Abington Auxiliary of the Women’s Board, the same auxiliary where my Mom served for many years.

Lorraine Paradis' Mom at Abbies Thrift Shop

Lorraine Paradis Graduation Photo

Paradis Family at June Fete