Polly Marinelli, RN

Polly Marinelli has been a nurse in the Memorial Healthcare System for more than 30 years, first in the intensive care unit, then in the cardiac cath lab, and, for the past decade, as a case manager in Hollywood.

“I’ve learned I can help patients in a significant way without being bedside,” said Marinelli. “I enjoy closing the care loop by discharging them to a safe place and assisting the family with the transition.”

Marinelli says she finds small ways to preserve the patient’s dignity, especially in situations where going back home isn’t the best option. She understands that individuals often give up their independence and are forced to accept assistance when a change in lifestyle is required, so Marinelli makes it a point to be especially encouraging to the patient and their family.