Stories about: holidays at Children’s Hospital Boston

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


“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


“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


“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


“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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Santa’s gift to Children’s patients: a chance to smile

By Rachel Buckley

As patients headed toward Children’s Hospital Boston’s family center yesterday morning, their excitement was hard to deny. Will’s sister Ashley pushed his wheelchair a little faster than normal, Devaun held his father’s hand extra tight and Isabel would barely stay in her carriage. Long lines and big crowds may be unavoidable this time of year, but this was one line that no one seemed to mind.

And with good reason; after all, it’s not every day a child gets the chance to video-chat with Santa.

Thanks to a video feed installed by Cisco Systems, Santa was able to take time out of his busy day to talk with patients, some here for the day and others who had been inpatients for weeks. But regardless of what brought them to Children’s, once the kids saw Santa smiles and laughs quickly became all they thought about.

Being hospitalized for the holidays is hard on patients and their families, but for many kids with medical concerns it’s a part of life. To help make this time of year a little more special Children’s host events like the Cisco Santa video-chat, which lightens everyone’s spirits and makes the hospital feel a little more like home.

Devaun talks with Santa
Alina logs in for some face time with the head elf
Renee fills Santa in on her wish list
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