Meadowlands Hospital Honors Joe Del Duca’s Journey from Soldier to Nurse
Joe Del Duca, our Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse Manager! Joe is the backbone of Meadowlands’ Wound Care Center and a key component of the nursing staff. He is more than just his title, he is a husband and a father, and a man of integrity and compassion who has served his patients for half a decade.
For all he has accomplished, Joe has done an amazing job, a fact that is evidenced by the admiration and respect he receives from his patients after treatment. With so many years of careful attention to detail and quality, Joe’s procedures make a difference in many people’s lives. Examples of his expertise include: helping in the prevention of Pressure Ulcers, the treatment and consultation for Neuropathic, Venous, and Arterial Ulcers, and the treatment and consultation for new Ostomies.
Joe served his country dutifully in the United States Military as a Cavalry Officer for 20 years before deciding to go to nursing school. He put it this way, "When I left the military I considered myself very fortunate, you know, I wanted to give back and help people; I’d be a nurse. Part of that influence came from my wife who was a nurse, I just wanted to give back to people."
From that point forward, Joe decided he would dedicate his life to saving others on a new front. To say that Joe has served his constituents when needed would be an understatement. We honor Joe and his contributions to Meadowlands for many reasons, his endless sense of dedication to all patients being one of them. When it comes to treatment, Joe has always received high praise from his co-workers and nurses when dealing with wounds/ulcers; but when it comes to what his fellow doctors have to say about his character, it becomes clear why we honor Joe.
Dr. Myriam Langer saw something special when she noticed how Joe went above and beyond the call of duty to help an 86-year old woman recover from a procedure. Every day Joe would come to her and personally change her dressing, even on weekends. Dr. Langer was completely taken by his selfless attention to just one patient, "He demonstrates a great deal to his work, never cuts corners, his dedications just seem to have no parallel. He is a great asset to the hospital, he really heaps the attention on his patients. He is kind to them and really cares about them. He’s just an overall wonderful person to know, it's really been a privilege to get to know him."
Acting President & CEO, Lynn McVey agrees when it comes to what kind of man Joe really is, "Joe is a very special nurse to us. He is both extremely disciplined and excessively compassionate; the best combination. A couple weeks ago I saw Joe here on a Saturday because a patient called him directly. He gives his patients his cell number. It is no surprise he served in the military for so many years; he brings that measure of integrity with him here every day."
When asked how he feels about his job and what he gets out of nursing, he had this to say, "I feel great about my job. I'm the kind of guy who can’t wait to get up the morning and come to work, I absolutely love my job. I love making people feel better, and in my case, healing wounds."
Thank you Joe, for your service, your integrity and your love; Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center honors you and your commitment to saving lives. Do you have any last words?
"Thank you for the opportunity to serve."