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Nurse coordinator remembered for ‘zest for life’

Laura Mode Lail, 56, of Mount Pleasant died Sunday, Jan. 23 after a battle against breast cancer.
Lail was a registered nurse who came to MUSC in 1995 as a nurse coordinator. She was responsible for facilitating referrals from outside physicians and triaging patients to determine the appropriate course of care. She worked closely with the faculty to identify patients for new and special procedures.

Laura Lail

Lail was born Aug. 6, 1954, in Morganton, N.C., a daughter of the late John and Pearl Louise Mode. She graduated from Western Piedmont College with a degree in nursing. Lail is survived by Michael Dickson of Mount Pleasant; her sister, Cindy Mode of Drexel, N.C.; her brother, John Mode and his wife, Mary of Newton, N.C.; her brother, Phillip Mode of Lincolnton, N.C.; and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Charleston Foundation, 676 Wando Park Blvd., Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464.

“I first met Laura after I moved from England to Duke University in 1986 to develop an endoscopy center. With strong support from the Department of Medicine and the recently appointed chief of the Division of Gastroenterology (Dr. Ian Taylor), we set about building a unit and a team. Laura applied from one of the in-patient floors, and was clearly an ideal recruit, enthusiastic, professional, compassionate and always cheerful. When Ian Taylor moved to MUSC he asked me to join him to initiate a new multi- disciplinary Digestive Disease Center. Laura did not hesitate when I invited her to become the friendly and helpful interface with our patients and their doctors. Laura continued to be a strong patient advocate, always going the extra mile to organize and to reassure. One of my favorite phrases for someone who has gone the extra mile is ‘You are a Star.’ Laura was one of the brightest stars, and her memory will keep us warm. I celebrate and will never forget our 25 years of working together.”
—Peter B. Cotton, M.D.

“Laura and I began our friendship 24 years ago after we both started working for Dr. Peter Cotton at Duke University, then moving with Dr. Cotton to MUSC in 1994. Being a part of this unique GI family gave us a bond that cannot be broken. Laura had a zest for life and could always find humor in any situation. Our special friendship and her immeasurable courage will not be forgotten.”
—Rita Oden, Digestive Disease Center

“Laura was full of fun. She had a gorgeous smile and an infectious laugh that could make anyone’s day. She was bright and well-rounded in her knowledge and interests. Many wonderful memories will keep her spirit alive in my heart.”
—Marilyn J. Schaffner, Ph.D., R.N., Administrator for Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Executive

“Laura started out as my boss and ended up as my friend. She had a zany sense of humor that would have you laughing. I will miss our crazy conversations and the laughs we shared. If there is one thing I will remember about Laura it is that she lived life her way! Rest in peace Laura. I will miss you.”
—Donna Noisette Johnson, Digestive Disease Service Line

Friday, Feb. 4, 2011

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