Woman thanks Sister’s Hospital Chief Operating Officer for kindness above and beyond.

November 24, 2017

Written By

Mary Friona Celani

What was already going to be a tough day – got a little tougher, then a little brighter – all thanks to the kindness of strangers.  In this case – the stranger was an executive at Sister’s Hospital. John Sperrazza is the Chief Operating Officer at Sister’s Hospital – and one thankful woman is singing his praises.

Lanette Grays Williams sent me an email – telling me about a story she referred to as “Totally Buffalo.”  Once I read it, I agreed and had to share it. It’s never hard to be kind! Here’s Lanette’s post!

Christopher J. Williams and I are extra thankful today. On Tuesday morning around 7:30 we headed out to Sisters Hospital for Chris’ sinus/deviated septum surgery. We took Big Red and Chris was driving. As we entered the intersection under a green light, just about 1000 feet from our house, we were t-boned by someone driving down Colvin, who did not see the red light. My side took the impact. A man named John stopped to help us. He called 911. Thankfully we were ok, and the other driver was ok. Just very sore, in shock,and bruised.
I told the man who stopped to help us that we were on our way to Sisters hospital for my husband’s surgery. He said “that’s where I was headed, too. I am the COO of Sisters.”He then asked for details and promptly called the OR to see where Chris was on the surgery lineup. The paramedics arrived and cleared Chris and when they heard the story, and cleared me, they encouraged me to head to the ER to be checked once we got A longer post than usual but worth the read for the happy ending. ❤️  


Christopher J. Williams and I are extra thankful today. On Tuesday morning around 7:30 we headed out to Sisters Hospital for Chris’ sinus/deviated septum surgery. We took Big Red and Chris was driving. As we entered the intersection under a green light, just about 1000 feet from our house, we were t-boned by someone driving down Colvin, who did not see the red light. My side took the impact. A man named John stopped to help us. He called 911. Thankfully we were ok, and the other driver was ok. Just very sore, in shock,and bruised.
I told the man who stopped to help us that we were on our way to Sisters hospital for my husband’s surgery. He said “that’s where I was headed, too. I am the COO of Sisters.”He then asked for details and promptly called the OR to see where Chris was on the surgery lineup. The paramedics arrived and cleared Chris and when they heard the story, and cleared me, they encouraged me to head to the ER to be checked once we got to the hospital.
The COO of the hospital, John, personally drove Chris there and got him to pre-op. Before they left the accident scene, I joked about calling an Uber to get me a Tim Hortons coffee. My wonderful neighbor George came and walked me back to my house so that I could gather myself. I was in shock and I hurt everywhere, every single muscle fiber was screaming. Big Red was loaded on a flat bed and taken away, as she was unable to be driven anywhere.
My neighbor took me for coffee and then to the hospital to join my husband. His pre-op nurses took one look at me and told me to go to the ER. “We’ll take care of him, now you go downstairs and get checked and let them take care of you.”
A few hours later, I was able to join Chris in the OR recovery room. His nurses hugged me and then personally took me to the waiting room.
When Chris was released later that day, I went through his personal bag to give him his jewelry etc. At the bottom of the bag, were two Tim Hortons gift cards from the hospital COO, the man who stopped to help us and then drove Chris to the hospital. We are so thankful to that man! His name is John Sperrazza. If you know him, please give him a big hug from me. Of all the people who could have stopped to help us during the busy morning commute, what are the odds of it being the COO of the very hospital we were heading to?? That is just sooooo Buffalo! Everyone at Sisters Hospital went above and beyond for us. Thank you to the ER staff who evaluated me and kept me up to date on Chris. Thank you to everyone on the 5th floor for your love and care and compassion.
Thank you to our family, friends and neighbors for food deliveries, taking me to get a rental car, my prescriptions etc.
Thank you to the wonderful First Responders, Paramedics, Kenmore PD, Brown’s towing company, and again the wonderful human beings at Sisters Hospital in Buffalo.
And if you are still reading this, thank you!

 

About Me

Welcome to Totally Buffalo! My name is Mary Friona-Celani and I am the creator of this site! After spending 20 years in the Buffalo media, I moved on to focus on my beautiful family. Now, the time has come for a new project. I was ready for something new. Something mine.
I am born and raised in WNY and my pride runs deep. My husband, Scott and I are very happy to be raising our four daughters here.

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    What a great story. I am not at all surprised. John Sperrazza is one of the kindest and most compassionate people I know. He is truly a great asset to the Catholic Health family. I have had the great privilege of working with him on a project. The next time I see him, I will definitely mention this story. I’m so glad all turned out okay. Thanks for sharing this wonderful story. 🙂

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    I have known John Sperrazza forever since I grew up with his dad. He was always a kind and caring person and which were values instilled as a child by his wonderful parents. John’s actions are not a surprise to me since in know he is always looking to help people when they are in need. God Bless John for a job well done and his family that brought him up to be the gentleman that he is today.

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    What a beautiful story! There are still unselfish people in this world. I am blessed to know the Sperrazza family and am not surprised about John’s kindness. God bless.

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    I’ve known the Sperrazzas forever and this story is no surprise! Johns Mom and Dad are both amazing and kind individuals-and the apple didn’t fall far from the tree! Congrats, John! Love to you and your family from Deborah (Hutzler) Smith and family!

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