Five Question Friday: Clyde Brotherson

You know what day it is. It’s Five Question Friday, and that means we’re featuring another one of our awesome staff members. Meet Clyde Brotherson, who oversees our Central Processing and Distribution department at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. he’s worked at Children’s for over three-and-a-half years.

1. You’re the manager of Central Processing and Distribution. What does your department do? The Central Processing department is a 24-hour operation responsible for the sterile processing, maintenance and dispensing of medical supplies, which includes but is not limited to, surgical instrumentation and equipment, required by Children’s caregivers for the care, diagnosis or treatment of our patients. We also maintain a sufficient inventory of surgical supplies used in the operating rooms.

Clyde Brotherson

2. What do you love most about working at Children’s? What I love most about working at Children’s can be summed up in two words: caring and culture. When adults come to this facility they are entrusting us with their most precious possessions: their children. They are depending on us to give the best of ourselves to their precious ones. So it seems that at Children’s we are able to coalesce around a common purpose which is seeking the best outcomes for the children who mean so much to us. I feel that we are then able to transfer that spirit of caring to each other at all levels  within the larger organization.

3. Do you have a favorite memory working here? My favorite memory stems from a get together, which was held by my staff a few years ago. We had a room decorated for the party, and the food was laid out on the table. We were all so hungry and were like a pack of wolves ready to attack the food when one of my staff said, “Wait a minute everyone, we need to pray!”   The  entire staff stood up and immediately prayed. Since we have a very diverse population, the prayer was a very multicultural prayer that included everyone. I was totally surprised by this. I had  never experienced something such as that, and it has remained a very touching and warm  memory for me.

4. Outside of work, how do you spend your time? Outside of work I spend lots of time in two places: with my family and my church. I have a very tightly knit circle of family and friends who are very meaningful to my wife and me. My wife and I enjoy movies, Broadway shows and eating out. My son and I enjoy a very close relationship. We therefore share a lot of activities with each other. In addition to my family, I am very much involved in ministry activity in my church which takes up quite a bit of my time. In addition to this, I love walking and bicycling and am a ferocious gardener.

5. If you could travel anywhere in the world where would it be and why? I would travel to Spain (especially San Sebastian on the northern coast) and to the island of Tobago. I love Spain because I speak Spanish and French and have always set fluency in Spanish as a goal. My wife and I visited Spain last year and loved the culture, the food and the history of the region. I also liked the simplicity that comes from the hearts of the Spanish people. My wife and I are both from the Caribbean Islands. She was born in Trinidad and Tobago. I visited Tobago and was taken by the beauty of that island and the loving nature of the people.

Do you know of a staff member at Children’s who should be featured in Five Question Friday? Send your suggestions to Brady at Brady.Gervais@ChildrensMN.org.

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