Hometown Heroes: Concord Hospital Special Care Nursery staff delivered

  • Andrew and Annie Mattarazzo with their baby Antonio at their Concord home. ALLIE ST PETER—Monitor Staff

  • Andrew and Annie Mattarazzo with Antonio outside their Concord home. ALLIE ST PETER / Monitor Staff

  • Nurses (from left to right) Kathy Gullage, Janice Chase, Lindsay Hogan and Laura Moore are part of the Special Care Nursery team at Concord Hospital’s Family Place. Annie and Andrew Mattarazzo received such great care and support after having After having their baby 3.5 weeks early, Annie and Andrew Mattarazzo received such great care and support during their stay at the nursery they nominated everyone who works at the nursery to be Hometown Heroes. In addition to Hogan, Gullage, Chase and Moore, the staff includes RNs Courtney Jarvis, Kathy Messer, April Antogoni, Ashley Reade, Sianna Sullivan, Annie Roy and Shannon Chism, nutritionist Nicole Martin, and the two providers, Matthew Piccone, DO and Sarah Radwan, MD.) to be Hometown Heroes. Courtesy

  • Nurses (from left) Kathy Gullage, Janice Chase, Lindsay Hogan and Laura Moore are part of the Special Care Nursery team at Concord Hospital’s Family Place. Annie and Andrew Mattarazzo received such great care and support after having their baby early, they nominated everyone who works at the nursery to be Hometown Heroes. In addition to Hogan, Gullage, Chase and Moore, the staff includes RNs Courtney Jarvis, Kathy Messer, April Antogoni, Ashley Reade, Sianna Sullivan, Annie Roy and Shannon Chism, nutritionist Nicole Martin, and the two providers, Matthew Piccone, DO and Sarah Radwan, MD. Courtesy

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Published: 12/17/2020 8:54:37 AM
Modified: 12/17/2020 8:54:25 AM

When Annie and Andrew Mattarazzo went to the doctor on Sept. 28, they thought they were going for a normal checkup and 36-week ultrasound for a baby who wasn’t due until Oct. 23. When they left, they were rushing home to pack for a hospital stay and a baby that would be induced as soon as possible.

“It was a total surprise and a day of just total emotional craziness,” Annie said.

At the end of that day, the Mattarazzos had a new family member – Antonio. Not only was he born 3.5 weeks early, he was also born underweight at 3 pounds, 14 ounces, so he had to spend 10 days in the Special Care Nursery that is part of Concord Hospital’s Family Place. The Mattarazzos received such incredible care during their day of “emotional craziness” and the rest of their stay that they nominated the entire staff of the nursery to be Hometown Heroes.

“We couldn’t have family with us because of COVID, and this was just thrown at us unexpectedly, so our heads were spinning, but they made us feel so comfortable,” Annie said. “Their bedside manner was amazing and they were just so special. They kind of taught us how to be parents. Our own parents couldn’t be there to teach us how to change diapers or swaddle him the right way, so the nurses were there teaching us. I mean, I cried when we left the hospital because for 10 days that was our family.”

The Mattarazzos had the most interactions and connections with nurses Lindsay Hogan, Courtney Jarvis, Kathy Messer, Kathy Gullage, April Antogoni, Janice Chase and Annie Roy, and nutritionist Nicole Martin, but they wanted to make sure the entire staff was nominated, which includes more RN’s – Ashley Reade, Sianna Sullivan, Laura Moore and Shannon Chism – and the two providers – Matthew Piccone, DO, and Sarah Radwan, MD.

“Providing emotional support is already a huge part of what we do at the Family Place,” said Hogan, who has worked in the nursery for eight years. “Now, because of all the restrictions with COVID guidelines, we do really make sure to do what we can to ease the stress that our patients feel from that. We encourage them to connect with family and friends any way they can, FaceTime or a phone call, but we also make sure to just take that time to really sit down and get to know them.”

The Mattarazzos have been part of the local sports scene in Concord for years. Annie, whose maiden name is Alosa, was the athletic director at Bishop Brady from 2017-20 and the girls’ basketball coach from 2016-2020. Andrew was the Brady girls’ soccer coach from 2016-19 before taking over the Goffstown girls’ soccer program this year. Their love of sports was clear to Hogan, who also saw that love being showered on Antonio.

“I remember walking into the nursery and seeing Andrew watching his team’s soccer game, and you could just really tell that both of them also loved the kids they have on their teams,” Hogan said. “And they made such a great team together and you could see their sole focus was on Antonio and, I know it’s corny to say, but they were just the biggest cheerleaders for their son.”

That cheering and the special care from the nursery staff helped Antonio thrive during his 10 days in the hospital. He had no setbacks after his birth and is now gaining weight at home.

“He’s doing great,” Annie said, “and he couldn’t have done it without all those amazing people in the nursery.”




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