Lowell Higgins, Pediatric Infusion Coordinator will retire from NHRMC on September 10 after 20 years of service to the organization.
Over the years, Higgins has served in various roles throughout the NHRMC Healthcare System, including managing Inpatient Pediatrics and Neonatal ICU as well as serving as charge nurse for ASU for 2 years and 4 years in the main OR at NHRMC’s Surgical Pavilion.
Since 2013, Higgins has led the Pediatric Infusion Clinic at Betty H. Cameron Hospital. He considers starting the Pediatric Infusion Program the highlight of his storied career at NHRMC.
“Keeping our Pediatric Oncology and Infusion patients close to home has been the most rewarding endeavor in my nursing career,” he says, adding that to see a pediatric patient in remission from cancer after caring for them for several years is the greatest reward of them all.
Higgins has watched the Infusion Program grow from 4 patients monthly to over 100 per month. He is also involved in multiple community outreach groups for children including Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, Take Steps as well as Reeling for Research and Strut for Kids. He is an honorary member of the Wilmington Cancer Moms organization.
He has been honored as a Children's Champion and a Healthcare Hero.
Vanessa L. Van Gilder, Manager of the Nunnelee Pediatric Specialty Clinics says its amazing what Higgins has accomplished for NHRMC patients during his tenure.
“Lowell’s compassion when caring for pediatric patients and their families, his ability to calm a frightened child, as well as his exceptional nursing skills are only a few of his strengths,” says Van Gilder. “We thank him for his years of dedication to our pediatric patients and wish him all the best in the next chapter of his life.”
Staff at Nunnelee Pediatric Specialty Clinics – Autumn Hall location will be holding a Social Distance tea on Wednesday September 9 at 3 PM to honor Lowell for his contributions to NHRMC. Congratulations Lowell on your retirement, we wish you the best!!!
Top: Lowell Higgins with a pediatric patient on a mission trip in 2013.
Above: Lowell gets his head shaved for a good cause.