Move over Simon, Paula and Randy, a more esteemed judges' panel—Sister Carlotta, Nurse B.B. and Dr. Gracie—could be taking over American Idol! Together, they evaluated the six contestants, all Children's employees, at the first annual Children's Hospital Idol, held in the PEC on May 31. Organized by Child Life Services, CH Idol featured musical performances by aspiring artists that were then voted on by Children's patients and their families. The grand prize winner, Emergency Medicine's Andrew Capraro, MD, was best described
by Nurse B.B. as "The next Kelly Clarkson" for his rendition of
The PEC also hosted a very zany birthday party on June 9, as the Big Apple Circus' Clown Care Unit celebrated the program's 20th anniversary and its 11th year at Children's. The party got under way as all seven clowns hopped up on stage to perform a musical number. Patients and clowns alike donned red noses and enjoyed a large birthday cake, which got a little messy as they clowned around.
There was another giant cake—this time in Waltham—to celebrate the one year anniversary of the opening of Children's Hospital Boston at Waltham on June 6. On hand to thank the assembled Waltham team for a wonderful year of progress were Children's President and CEO James Mandell, MD, and COO Sandra Fenwick. Children's at Waltham Vice President and Chief Administrator Officer Steve Gordon got a laugh when he urged Mandell to cut the cake, saying "You're the surgeon!"
Children's staff and employees enjoyed a once-in-a-lifetime chance to play softball at Fenway Park on June 13 as participants in Action for Boston Community Development's (ABCD) ninth annual Field of Dreams fundraiser. Helping to raise money for ABCD's summer job program, which provides people the training and skills necessary to rise out of poverty, for the fifth year in the row, two Children's teams traversed the Fenway green, where baseball legend Teddy Ballgame once played. ABCD is Boston's official antipoverty agency.