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Susan Cotton, BSN, RN
I wish to extend my heartfelt condolences to the family of Dr. Caruso. I pray that you will be comforted with fond memories of her. You are all in my thoughts.
Dr. Michael Mayo
Dr. Caruso was a vibrant and passionate member of our Baptist Health Behavioral Health team. Her energy carried over to her colleagues and patients as an excellent clinician. Myah exhibited the essence of Baptist Health’s core values of respect, advocacy and excellence. She will be missed by all.
Myah was my go to mental health colleague in the hospital for years. She and I both share a similar spirit of care when it came to incorporating an appropriate understanding of mental health. She understood exactly what patients needed and was an amazing guide for them. I have so many memories in collaborative patient care where we made such a huge impact on patients because of our holistic mindsets. Unfortunately, I never got the opportunity to know her much beyond our passions for mental health. We often talked about my health care philosophy and she was always a consistent source of encouragement to keep pursing my goals. Her focus on mental health in the primary care setting and importance of forming relationships through compassionate communication is something so many patients need and so few practitioners truly understand. She will be sorely missed by so many individuals and my deepest condolences to her loves ones. I promise to continue my work for the both of us Myah, to achieve the vision of health that everyone needs. I wish you could have been at continued part of that journey. Rest in peace my friend.
Myah was my first friend I met at Baptist, she was a part of the Psychology department, and I was with Psychiatry. Initially she and I would work together on cases remotely, though our paths did not cross. I remember the first time we met face to face, she had such a bubbly personality and that amazing curly hair you can never forget. For the past 2.5 years we met at least once a week in the dictation room on the 6th floor; we would have work banter for a bit, but more recently spent time sharing about home renovations. She was so excited and proud of her new home, and she would share all of her pictures on the most recent renovations she was completing. She was so easy to talk to, and a great listener. Myah was kind and compassionate, she was such a pleasure to work with and a role model for all of us in mental health. My heart goes out to her family, as I wish you all peace through this tragedy. I will miss seeing her prance around the corner at work, and all of our friendship-like therapy sessions. Until we meet again.
Jay A. Terry LMT, CNMT
A few years ago, Dr. Caruso was instrumental in helping guide me to support services for my niece who at the time had been going through challenges with substance abuse. Her skilled knowledge, compassion and soft demeanor was of great comfort to my sister and me. Because of our association through employment at Baptist Medical Center on occasion we would cross paths while walking the corridors, whereupon she would ask how my niece was doing. Over time I learned that we both had traveled similar paths, first as entertainers... then into the health arena. And although I only knew her for a brief period, I soon learned that she was highly respected in her field. Without a doubt I’m sure that she has left a positive impact on everyone that she has encountered. My heartfelt condolences sincerely go out to her family, fiancé and to all affected by her passing.
I only met Myah once and in that one time I could see what an amazing bright light she was. I can only imagine all the lives Myah touched during her journey and how missed she will be by all those blessed to have known her called her friend colleague or loved her as a family member. Sending my sincerest condolences and keeping Myah in my most heartfelt thoughts and prayers.
I worked briefly with Myah at Baptist. In the short time that I worked with her, I enjoyed her sweet spirit. Sending my condolences to all that loved Myah.
When I first met Myah she came to me in the ICU to share that she was there to help my team and my patients and their families. She was invaluable helping us with difficult situations and was always calm, compassionate, and understanding. She really was a bright light and will be so missed by all of us at Baptist. My sincere condolences to her family. You are all in my prayers and I send you love.
Myah was a wonderful friend during graduate school. She was so down to earth, humble, and empathetic. You could always tell her anything and never worry about being made to feel embarrassed or ashamed. She always got it. The last time I saw her was a few years ago when we went to see a Pink Floyd tribute band together. Great memory. Myah will be so greatly missed.
I will always love you and miss you baby!
Dr. Myah Sullivan Caruso
Dr. Myah Sullivan Caruso, Psy.D., 45 of Amelia Island, FL passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, June 21st at Shands Hospital in Jacksonville.
Born on August 4th, 1977, in Concord, NH to Kenneth Caruso and the late CYD Cheryl Sullivan. She grew up in Keene, NH, then moved to NYC at the age of seventeen to pursue a career in dance, which she successfully achieved as she spent almost two decades performing for various dance companies in both NYC and Miami, FL.
After her mother’s passing, and at the age of thirty-six, she decided to change her stars and pursue a doctorate in psychology. Without even a high school diploma, but an immeasurable amount of determination, she earned both her master’s and doctorate from Antioch University. After completion of residency with Jackson Health in Miami, FL, she realized her dream becoming a licensed clinical health psychologist at Baptist Medical Center in Jacksonville, FL. In the years following, she would meet her future fiancé and buy her dream home on Amelia Island where they built a family that included the co-parenting of his daughter.
Myah’s passion in life was to travel as she stopped counting the number of countries visited once it reached fifty; however, more than simply traveling she enjoyed experiencing life to its fullest, especially when it allowed her to appreciate the nature around her. A perfect day for Myah would always include time at the beach, but also kayaking, hiking, riding trails with her new bicycle, and cuddling with her Japanese Chin dogs. She was recently enthusiastic about hands-on renovating her home and building her backyard garden oasis which she would enjoy from her hot tub on the back deck at the end of a long day.
She is predeceased by her mother, CYD Cheryl Sullivan; grandfather, Richard Sullivan Sr.; grandparents, Anthony and Sylvia Caruso; and dogs Wasabi, Yoshi, and Falkor.
Myah is survived by her fiancé, Jobie Germano, and his daughter Olivia, with whom she lived, as well as Jobie’s parents, brother Jimmie, and his family. She is also survived by her beloved sister, Leah Caruso, and niece Kassidy Caruso. Myah’s father, Kenneth Caruso, and stepmother, Paulette, also survive her; as do her brother Jesse Caruso, wife Katrina, and children Isla and Adelyn; her sister Jamie Ruppert, husband Reuben, and child Elias; her sister Kalah Caruso; her brother Christopher Thomas, wife Samantha, and their children Greysen and Cole; her grandmother, Sherry Sullivan; her Auntie Karen Wright, husband Jon, and their children Nicholas, Nathan, Andrea, and Meghan; her uncle Brian Sullivan; her cousins Karli Sutton, Sara Sutton, and Eric Sutton; and her uncle Richard Sullivan Jr., wife Chae, and their children Eunhie, Mary, and Richard.
Services will be held with visitation starting at 10:00 AM on Saturday, August 5th at Oxley-Heard Funeral Home, 1305 Atlantic Avenue, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034.
Donations may be made in her memory to the Children’s Tumor Foundation of which she was an active volunteer over the past four years via: https://my.cupids.org/myah_caruso