The Martha Eliot Health Center's holiday part will be on December 14 from 4 to 5 p.m. Children's Hospital Boston at Waltham's holiday party will on December 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the Waltham Doubletree Hotel, tickets required.
Take a trip to Costco and you may see Children's Miracle Network balloons adorning the warehouse walls. Costco's employees from Avon, Danvers, Dedham, Everett, Nashua and Waltham sold balloon icons and hosted golf tournaments to raise $135,000 for Children's. With help from family members, Costco's associates topped the $98,000 they raised during last year's month-long fundraising effort. At the recent check presentation with Sandi Fenwick, COO, 13-year-old Dylan, the son of a Costco's employee, received an award for his fundraising efforts. Every day after school and on weekends, Dylan sold books, cotton candy and popcorn to customers and staffed bake sales to raise funds.
Boston's sports teams are proving they're winners on the field, but their out-of-uniform efforts to help seriously ill children make them champions for Children's. On Oct. 30, they joined Boston's local business leaders to support Children's life-saving work. This year, Champion for Children's, our hospital's single largest fundraising event, raised $5.2 million.
The annual dinner and an auction at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center attracted owners and players from the Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics, Bruins and Revolution, along with more than 1,200 hospital supporters. Red Sox fans seized the chance of a lifetime when team owner and hospital supporter John Henry appeared with the 2004 and 2007 World Series trophies. They lined up to get snapshots taken with the coveted awards.
Boston Bruin Zdeno Chara accepted the annual Champion Award for his teammate Patrice Bergeron, who suffered a concussion in a recent game. The award celebrates Bergeron's outstanding service to our hospital and patients. His program, Patrice's Pals, allows children from local hospitals and other organizations to experience Bruins games as Bergeron's very own VIP guests. Kids catch the action from a luxury suite, receive a goodie bag with Bruins memorabilia and meet Bergeron for pictures and autographs after the game. And for kids who can't easily get to the Garden, Bergeron makes special visits to Children's. Being one of "Patrice's Pals" makes the hospital experience a little less daunting—and that's exactly Bergeron's goal.
Some guests focused on a different goal: winning spectacular items at the live and silent auctions. Up for grabs this year were owner's dugout seats at a Red Sox versus Yankees game, a one-hour hockey clinic for a youth hockey team with Patrice Bergeron, a 2004 Patriots Super Bowl champs team-autographed jersey, a one-hour soccer clinic led by a New England Revolution player and coach at Gillette Stadium and the chance to be a Celtics ball boy or girl. Other sought-after items included tickets to the Holiday Pops at Symphony Hall, dinners catered by renowned chefs and golf at exclusive courses.
On October 24, several nurses from Children's joined more than 300 health professionals at the State House for a Joint Committee on Public Health hearing on patient safety and the nursing profession. The nurses (Marcie Brostoff, MS, RN, director of staff development and education, CeCe Waithe, RN, staff nurse on 9 East, Pamela Gorgone, BSN, RN, CNOR, staff nurse in the main operating room, and Ashley Waddell, BSN,RN, staff nurse in the operating room) went to show their support for SB 1244, sponsored by senator Richard Moore, that would make hospitals publicly accountable for nurse staffing plans developed with the input of nurses. The bill also directs state resources to support nurse recruitment and education. The nurses expressed their opposition to other legislation on the agenda that would impose mandatory nurse staffing ratios on Massachusetts hospitals. Speaking on behalf of the hospital, Gorgone told the committee, "Adequate staffing levels are determined by the needs of the patient and based on the competencies and expertise of the nurse. A rigid staffing ratio would ignore my judgment and take away my ability to respond most effectively to a patient's needs." Each of the nurses met with their legislators to talk about how this bill would impact their ability to provide quality patient care.
The Nursing Department, in collaboration with the Office of Child Advocacy, is creating a Legislative Action Interest Group to promote nursing involvement in health care policy and legislation. To learn more, please contact Bea Lorenzo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boston magazine has released its listing of "Top Docs 2007" and the list included almost 200 Children's doctors. To see the full list: childrenshospital.org/views/topdocs2007.
Professional athletes swapped cleats for bowling shoes at the first annual Beckett Bowl, hosted by Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett, raising $275,000 for Children's Hospital Boston and kids in Beckett's home town of Spring, Texas. But this World Series ace and his foundation have an even bigger goal in mind: raising $1 million for Children's by 2009.
He'll do it with help from friends—many who turned up at the Town Line Ten Pin in Malden to support the event. Attendees included teammates David Ortiz and Jason Varitek; New England Patriots Kevin Faulk, Vince Wilfork and Randy Moss; Celtics star Paul Pierce; New England Revolution forward Taylor Twellman; and actors Dane Cook and Jason Biggs.
Josephine Worrell, Children's oldest volunteer at age 95, has been volunteering at Children's since 1982 as part of Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) Foster Grandparents Program. Worrell attends to infants on 8 East and was recently honored at the ABCD Community Awards Dinner for her dedication. Worrell was a nurse assistant for 23 years and she currently teaches Sunday School and sings with her church choir. She told ABCD that the children from her volunteer work make her day, everyday.
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