Boston Children’s staff: What are you thankful for?

Happy Thanksgiving! In keeping with the thoughtful and grateful tone of the season, we reached out to members of our staff and asked them to share why they’re thankful to be a member of the Boston Children’s Hospital team.

“I am thankful that I have the opportunity to be part of such an incredibly talented, committed and compassionate team. There’s no better place in the world to serve the hopes, aspirations and needs of the families and children than Boston Children’s.”

James Mandell, MD

Chief Executive Officer

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“I am thankful for every doctor, nurse, researcher, employee, volunteer, donor and supporter of this extraordinary institution. Their commitment, devotion, innovation and relentless striving for excellence continues to provide unsurpassed care for children today, and paves the way to the treatments and cures of tomorrow.”

Sandra Fenwick

President and Chief Operating Officer

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“I am thankful to be surrounded by such dedicated professionals who have committed the majority of their lives to improving the lives of children and their families. It’s an honor just to be associated with them. Blessings to all.”

Dick Argys

Chief Administrative Officer

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“I am thankful daily for the incredible child life team I work with. Their passion, energy, creativity and focus on bettering the lives of patients and families are a constant inspiration to me.”

Beth Donegan Driscoll

Director, Child Life Services

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“In my 40 years here, Boston Children’s has never wavered from its mission to help any child who comes through the door. Unlike the adult and military hospitals I have worked in, Boston Children’s doesn’t have private or “VIP” floors for patients of wealth or rank. The only “private rooms” here are for medical isolation. At Boston Children’s, the only qualification to be treated as special as everyone else is to be a patient.”

Norman Spack, MD

Co-founder, GeMS Clinic

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“I am thankful for sticking together in good times and in tough times. As we face many challenges in health care today, I’m most grateful for everyone at Boston Children’s who has committed themselves to going the extra mile, pitching in and encouraging each other to move forward as we write the next chapter of our story together.”

Eva Gomez, MSN, RN-BC

Staff Development

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“Families of children with complex medical needs face a daily struggle to ensure their health and safety despite sometimes overwhelming odds. I think I can speak for my colleagues when I say we are thankful for the opportunity to improve the quality of life for our patients and their families by coordinating care within the hospital and in the community.”

Mindy Morin, MD

Complex Care Service

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“I’m grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful medical center. I am hopeful that our patients and staff will be able to spend valuable time with their families and friends. I’m also thankful that Boston Children’s will always be here as a safe haven to ease the pain and suffering of those who come through our doors.”

Alan Cohen, MD

Neurosurgeon-in-Chief

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“I am thankful to have an opportunity to work with some of the best physicians in the world, in a setting where cooperation between experts is the norm, and the common goal is always to provide exceptional patient care.”

Michael O’Brien, MD

Division of Sports Medicine

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“I am thankful for the innovators at Boston Children’s who work tirelessly to test and develop new and more efficient ways to take care of our kids. They don’t get discouraged when things don’t always work out the first time. They keep trying and don’t give up. I am thankful for and inspired by their creativity, commitment and drive.”

Naomi Fried, PhD

Chief Innovation Officer

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“I am thankful for the opportunity to combine strategies for caring for patients after injury, with techniques for preventing injuries from occurring in the first place.”

William Meehan, MD

Director, Sports Concussion Clinic

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“I’m thankful be part of the Boston Children’s team. It’s an incredible honor to work with so many smart, dedicated people that make such a difference for children everywhere.”

Claire McCarthy, MD

Division of General Pediatrics

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“I’m thankful and proud to be part of an organization that is transforming patients’ lives every day and conducting world-changing research while truly caring about the well-being of every employee.”

David Hunter, MD, PhD

Ophthalmologist-in-Chief

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“I feel really grateful to work in a place dedicated to helping children and families.

I’m also really thankful for all the colleagues I work with in the hospital—who teach me, encourage me, and at times, make me laugh.”

Lois Lee, MD, MPH

Division of Emergency Medicine

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“It is a tremendous privilege to be able to pursue cures, or better treatments, for just about any pediatric disease at a place like Boston Children’s. I’m thankful for the opportunity to do this, and hopeful that this perennial endeavor will remain as vibrant as ever and excessive regulatory burden, or other external forces in a changing health care environment, will not prevent us from continuing to make tangible headway on as many fronts as possible in this crucial enterprise.”

Dario Fauza, MD, PhD