Crystal Lake nurse Lynne Basile always wanted to be a pianist growing up. For most of her childhood, she had dreams of performing with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
But that all changed when her sister died in a car crash.
“We were in a very hopeless situation,” Basile said. “And from that day forward, I wanted to be able to save someone’s life.”
So a new dream started to take shape for Basile: to become a nurse.
Once Basile finished school, she started working as an emergency room nurse in Evanston, which was where she first met her co-worker and friend Teri Kopera more than 30 years ago. They both now work at Advocate Good Shepherd Immediate Care in Crystal Lake – Basile working as a nurse coordinator and Kopera working as a nurse.
Kopera said she and Basile have been through it all throughout their careers. She said she has worked with Basile in the worst situations where life-saving measures had to be taken to save a patient, and she said she has worked with her when all that a patient needed was a little reassurance that they will feel better in no time.
“She is outstanding in both situations,” Kopera said.
Even outside of health care, Kopera said, Basile has always been eager to help whoever needed it.
“What she does in health care every day transcends into everyday life,” Kopera said.
Kopera said the power went out recently in Basile’s neighborhood and Basile was the first to bring some food to the workers. When Kopera was out sick with the flu, she said, Basile stopped by to drop off cookies for her just to help lift her spirits.
And, Kopera said, this kind of thing is not at all out of the ordinary for her co-worker and friend.
“Random acts of kindness are kind of Lynne [Basile]’s cornerstone,” Kopera said.
After years of hearing her tell stories of what she does day in and day out as a nurse, Basile’s husband, Bob Basile, said he thought Basile would be deserving of being recognized as an everyday hero.
Bob Basile recalled a story when they were remodeling their home at the time when their youngest child, then 4 years old, tripped and split his head open. While he was a basket case when his son hurt himself, his wife was calm and collected and knew exactly how to handle the situation – and that kind of demeanor shows professionally, as well.
He said Lynne Basile may not think of what she does on a daily basis as heroic, but he said she never ceases to amaze him for the work she does as a nurse and for their family.
“It seems pretty amazing to all of us that aren’t in [the field], but [nurses] aren’t looking for their big fanfare,” he said. “To them, they’re just doing their job.”