For Immediate Release
Contact: Lindsay Corcoran (508) 368-7252 or (774) 670-8811
WORCESTER– Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. today honored a Worcester COVID-19 Field Hospital nurse for her selfless dedication and donations to homeless COVID-19 patients.
Registered nurse Rebecca DeCoteau, who continues to collect and donate clothing items for homeless individuals being discharged from the Worcester Field Hospital, was presented with the District Attorney’s Team Excellence and Merit — TEAM — Award, which recognizes outstanding service by those in public safety.
“Working as a nurse on the front lines, she has seen others struggle to, not only fight COVID-19, but face life after recovery,” Mr. Early said. “Nurse DeCoteau’s care goes far beyond the field hospital, bettering the lives of those who need it the most.”
Throughout the pandemic, Nurse DeCoteau has witnessed sick patients in need of winter clothing and self-care items disproportionally affecting Worcester’s homeless population. DeCoteau created Nurses for Hope, a non-profit organization working to collect items, such as jackets, cleansing wipes, and socks for COVID-19 patients. She has donated essential goods to countless discharged patients, reducing stress and providing added warmth for those affected.
Mr. Early created the TEAM Award in 2019 to recognize public safety employees who go above and beyond the call of duty. Contact the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office at (508) 755-8601 to nominate someone for this award.
Visit the Nurses for Hope Facebook page for locations to donate at: https://www.facebook.com/NursesForHopeMA.