It all started in 1958 when Maxine Anderson was a nursing student and Guillermo Dacumos was a medical intern at what was then Northwestern Hospital.
Rules at the nursing school were strict, and "fraternizing with the interns" was discouraged. But the couple met outside of work through a blind date, and the relationship quickly blossomed. Marriage and three children soon followed.
More than 50 years later, the Dacumoses have fond memories of and deep gratitude for their years at the hospital, and they mark that important time in their lives with an annual donation to the Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation.
Maxine said she loved working in the hospital, and her favorite rotation was in surgery. Recalling the many friends she made among her fellow nursing students, Maxine said, "we were like sisters."
Guillermo had come to Minneapolis from the Philippines. Like Maxine, he was most interested in surgery. Soon after their wedding, he went on to a surgical residency at the University of Wisconsin, eventually becoming a cardiothoracic surgeon. In 1980, the couple moved to Birmingham, Ala., where Guillermo and his colleagues launched a new practice.
Now enjoying retirement, the couple remains in Birmingham. For the Dacumoses, Abbott Northwestern Hospital represents the starting point for a successful, rewarding career and a long, happy marriage.
"It's where I got my education, and where he got his," said Maxine. "I just feel that the hospital deserves our support, and they'll continue to have it for the rest of our lives."
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Maxine and Guillermo Dacumos on their wedding day in 1961 (left) and around the time of their 50th wedding anniversary (right).