Mary D raised seven children while also looking after some 1,000 year-round Block Island residents, sometimes as the sole health provider on the island. Mary D is the guardian angel of the Mary D. Fund, a charitable foundation to help her Block Island neighbors in their seasonal need. Her story demonstrates her rare brand of stamina, courage, and compassion.
“Mary D. represents the best of nursing and the best of humanity,” said director and producer, Sue Hagedorn, also a nurse and part-time Islander.
Island Nurse, a documentary profile of Mary D by filmmaker Susan Hagedorn and Seedworks Films, includes some of Block Island's history and residents' personal stories of resilience and survival on Block Island.
After its September 22 premiere at 6 p.m., Island Nurse will encore on September 28 at 11 p.m. on WSBE Rhode Island PBS, and on WSBE Learn on September 25 at 10 p.m., September 26 at 5 a.m. and September 27 at 2 a.m.
WSBE Rhode Island PBS transmits standard-definition (SD) and high-definition (HD) programming over the air on digital 36.1; on Rhode Island cable services: Cox 08 / 1008HD, Verizon FiOS 08 / 508HD, Full Channel 08; on Massachusetts cable services: Comcast 819HD, Verizon 18 / 518HD; on satellite: DirecTV 36 / 3128HD, Dish Network 7776.
*update* September 23: The Block Island Times picked up the story.