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.”
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.”
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
Every year, families spend the holidays at Children’s Hospital Boston, and every year Children’s works hard to bring a little bit of home to the hospital so the holidays can feel as normal as possible. This year has been no exception, with trick or treating on Halloween, home-cooked meals on Thanksgiving and celebrations of Hanukkah, Christmas and Dawali (more on those celebrations tomorrow on Thrive). Yesterday, our patients even had a chance to chat virtually with Santa Claus thanks to a great annual program by the Cisco Systems. Check out the media coverage of the event, with stories by Reuters, Boston’s WHDH TV station and the IDG News Service. Also check out more pictures from the event in this photo gallery.