Making Miracles Happen:
Children's recently honored its Miracle Makers - walkers who
raised $500 or more during Miles for Miracles, last summer's
walk to benefit the hospital. More than 160 people were honored
at a reception October 28, which featured several guest speakers
including Josh Nagler, MD.
Nagler and other Children's
physicians and nurses donated their time to work the medical
tent during the walk, while countless Children's Hospital
employees, patients, and donors walked the 7- and 2-mile courses.
For more information on
participating in the June 19, 2004 walk, visit www.chtrust.org
or call 617-355-6666.
By Josh Nagler, MD
October 26, 16 health care providers from Children's ran the Cape
Cod Marathon. Thirteen of these runners were competing in the 1st
annual Cape Cod Marathon Relay, the "SPF 26.2" to raise
funds supporting the hospital.
With donations still coming in, the event may raise more than $5,000
for the Children's.
Second Year Fellow Emergency Medicine Team
Steven Bin, MD, Anupam Kharbanda, MD, Jason Levy, MD, Josh Nagler,
MD, Lise Nigrovic, MD, and Elyse Olshen (Support Team)
Overall Time: 3:31:08
Avg Pace: 8:04 min/mile
Heroism: After falling behind to
the ICU team in the first and second legs of the race, the Second
Year Fellow ER team was able to make up the 10+ minute deficit and
beat the ICU team by over 4 minutes, thereby conferring the all-important
bragging rights over the intensivists
ICU Dream Team
Brenda Dodson, pharmacist, Rob Graham, MD, Kim Jarl, RN, Suzanne
Minsk, RN, Kshitij Mistry, MD, and Harriet Nelson (Support Team)
Overall Time: 3:35:41
Avg Pace: 8:14 min/mile
Heroism: The multidisciplinary team
(RNs, MDs, and a pharmacist) from the multidisciplinary unit were
the clear pre-race favorites, although stunned by the come-from-behind
efforts from the ER team. With uniformly strong running performances,
highlighted by Rob Graham's sub-seven minute
mile pace for his 5.65 mile leg, the P5 crew placed in
the top half of all mixed relay teams. Equally impressive, in less
than a week the team was able to raise nearly $1,000.
Emergency Medicine Nursing Team
Jen Gourde, RN, Michele Parker, RN , Deb Romanowicz, RN
Overall Time: 4:11:56
Avg Pace: 9:37 min/mile
Heroism: After being forced to enter
the race by the relentless event organizers, the initial ER nursing
squad was struggling to put together a final team list. Plagued
by injuries, scheduling conflicts, and gravida status, the initial
roster dwindled to three. Rather than call it quits, or recruit
non-ER-RN runners, Michelle, Deb, and Jen agreed to complete
the race on their own, leaving Jen to run 8+ miles, Michelle
to run 6+, and Deb to run 12+. Not only did they run well, but they
were nothing but smiles -- before, during, and after the race.
Pierre D'hemecourt MD (Sports Med), Andrea Stracciolini MD (ER and
Sports Med), Robert Ursprung MD (Neonatology)
Overall Times: 4:03:12, 4:01:41, and 3:52:10 respectively
Avg Pace: 9:18, 9:14, and 8:52 min/mile respectively
Heroism: These three
accomplished physicians and runners represent patient care from
the tiniest premature infant (Dr. Ursprung in the NICU) on up to
elderly patients (Dr. D'hemecourt) and everything in between (Dr.
Straciolinni). Each of these physicians blazed
along the marathon course, despite challenging terrain
and volatile outside temperatures, finishing in the top ranks of
their respective age/gender categories.