November 2013

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To honor and celebrate the many veterans who serve the Boston Children's community every day, the hospital profiled four staff members. Their stories, and their connections with the armed forces, are as diverse and unique as the roles they play in the hospital today. Click below to read their stories.

Cathie Jones

Cathie Jones

There wasn’t much about life in the military that surprised anesthesiologist Cathie Jones, MD. Because her uncle had also served in the Air Force, she had a primer on life at a military base. The medicine she practiced there wasn’t much different from the work she had done during her fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital. And she learned quickly that it was best not to mention the mortar bombs regularly striking her base when Skyping with family. What she didn’t know was how to respond when her 3-year-old daughter, Lillian, asked her “do you kill people?”

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Claudia Lywood

Claudia Lywood

When she was abruptly shaken from her sleep by a loud bang at 4 a.m. one cold morning in 1996, Claudia Lywood, ambulatory clinic supervisor for Sports Medicine, had good reason to wonder what she had gotten herself into. As she hurriedly dressed and prepared for another day of basic training, Lywood -- then newly enlisted in the army -- could not help but compare herself to actress Goldie Hawn.

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Lynne Grady

Lynn Grady

For years after she left the Navy, Lynne Grady, RN, MHA, CPN, received one Christmas card that was particularly special among the dozens of others from family and friends. The card, signed by Duc and Ha Nguyen, and eventually their son Jonathan, often came with paper money stuffed inside -- a sign of good luck in the Nguyens' home country of Vietnam. Unlike the other card senders, Grady hadn't met the Nguyens through family, college or work; she met them in a refugee camp.

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Theresa Landers

Landers

It took combing through 300 photographs on the battalion's Facebook page for Theresa Landers, MBA, to finally find what she was looking for. From the bright contours of her computer screen, Theresa's son Jeff posed for one of the last photographs he would take before being deployed to Afghanistan for the better part of a year. In the photograph, Jeff holds a white board with a simple message written on top: "Hi mom!"

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