March 28, 2006
Dear Dr. Mandell and
Every day I work at Children's I am constantly reminded of what a unique and special workplace we have here. I have worked here many years but recently came across a situation that again reminded me why Children's is so special.
Last week there were quite a few handmade signs posted in the lobby and near the elevators stating "LOST: Red Sox baseball cards—if found please contact 7 West." You just knew seeing the signs that there was more to the story. Employees from all over the hospital have contacted the nurses on 7 West to see what they could do to help. People from all over (inpatient units, Center for Families, Staff Development, etc.) have donated Red Sox items of their own in an effort to help. Some of the examples that I personally know of are a nurse's husband on our unit brought in some of his prized baseball cards from when he was younger and let this little boy pick out his favorites, which of course were all the ones from the Red Sox. Another nurse brought in a signed baseball from her fiancą©'s collection. When we contacted someone in the Red Sox organization, they were also able to send a care package.
I'm sure there are many other examples of giving that occur all over the hospital that I'm not aware of. I know people give in so many ways all year—whether it's running the marathon for a Children's patient or raising money in another way. This incident just made me realize that Children's is so very different from any other company, organization or even other hospitals. We truly work with some fabulous people here.
Betsy Phipps, RN
Charge Nurse, 7 North