Sheila Le Sueur is a woman of many talents and more energy that most people half her age.
Now at age 83, she has just produced her second book,The Bon Secours Hospital Holden Coronary Care Unit, Grosse Pointe, Michigan.
In the Introduction, Sheila writes: “For 22 years, from May 1955 to May 1977, I was privileged to serve as a nurse at Bon Secours hospital, located in Grosse Pointe, Michigan on the east side of the city of Detroit.
“During that time, I witnessed the Thanksgiving Day 1967 opening of the Holden Cardiac Care Unit.
“For those of us who participated in the launch of Bon Secours’ CCU, it was a triumphant moment and a deeply fulfilling experience thereafter.
“By creating a CCU at Bon Secours, we were challenging currently accepted Western medical protocols by experimenting with new techniques and technologies.
“In the process, we were well aware that we were making radical improvements to the quality and practice of coronary care nursing. It was exhilarating to realize that we were making a difference.
“It is hard to believe that only fifty years ago the type of high tech, state of the art coronary care that we were implementing and that has now become standard procedure in most American hospitals was almost non-existent.
“Unquestionably, the new CCU was the result of the genius and determination of the late Robert Griffin, M.D., who served as its first director.
"It is because of Dr. Griffin’s dedication to delivering optimal coronary care at Bon Secours that the CCU exists today.
“This memoir of those first years of participation as head nurse of the Bon Secours CCU is a tribute to Dr. Griffin.”
Sheila Le Sueur is among the few living survivors of the Channel Island of Jersey’s 5-year World War II German Occupation. Her first book, Two Flags, One Heart, describes in detail this harrowing experience.
Following Jersey’s liberation, Sheila studied general nursing at the London hospital, now known as the Royal London, and returned to Jersey to practice at Jersey General Hospital.
In 1952 Sheila Le Sueur emigrated to the U.S. where she accepted a position at Bon Secours hospital in Grosse Pointe, Michigan and became a naturalized U.S. citizen.
In 1977, Sheila relocated to Arizona, where she continued her nursing career.
Upon retirement, she embarked on a new and equally exciting adventure as a researcher of the fascinating as yet unexplored topic of the life of Mary Mottley.
Mme. Mottley was the wife of French political thinker and historian Alexis de Tocqueville, best known as author of the classic, Democracy in America.
Open Every Door: Mary Mottley- Mme. Marie de Tocqueville is the only in-depth account of this extraordinary woman’s life.
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