Archive for the ‘Awards/Recognition’ Category

2014 Volunteer Services Scholarship Winners!

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Congratulations to the 2014 Volunteer Services scholarship winners!

This year, six deserving Children’s volunteers won a $1,500 scholarship toward their continuing education.

Each volunteer has put in a minimum of 250 hours of service at Children’s, has completed a scholarship application and essay, and shows up to volunteer each week with incredible drive, determination and a true passion for Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.

Congratulations to our winners: Amanda Wanous, Nick Plimpton, Grace Scribner-O’Pray, Sarah Hovseth, Susie Wolter, and Sean Creegan.

We are thrilled to support their educational goals, and look forward to having future doctors, a future nurse and future child psychologists among us.

Buds in Scrubs: Angie Norvitch

Friday, January 24th, 2014

 

Children’s Volunteer Services presents:

 Buds in Scrubs!

 1.   Meet Angie:

Angie is the interactive designer in the marketing and communications department at Children’s. What exactly does that mean, you ask? Well, she offers her creative talents to many areas including website re-designs, some Facebook images & cover photos, the images for the Children’s journey walls and, most recently, she redesigned the blog along with its newsletter design. Did I mention she created the adorable photo template for our Pet Therapy Thursday PAWH post??

 2.   Favorite thing to do outside of work?

 “I enjoy being outdoors and anything that keeps me active. I am a marathon runner, so I run lots of miles. My mom taught me how to crochet a couple years ago, so I’ve taken that up as a “relaxing” hobby. And I also enjoy being social and being with my friends.” 

 3.   Do you have any kids or pets of your own?

 “No kids, no pets.” 

 4.   What is your favorite book and/or movie?

 “My favorite movie is The Proposal with Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock. I laugh like it’s the first time I’ve seen it, everytime.”

 5.   Who was your hero as a kid?

 “Probably Batgirl or Belle from Beauty and the Beast.”

 6.   Who is your hero now?

 “My parents. They are pretty much amazing.”

 7.   If you could create a new candy bar, what would be in it and what would you name it?

 “I’m all about dark chocolate and REAL peanut butter, so probably those ingredients and I’d call it ‘PB & DC’, because I’m not good at naming things.”

 8.   What do you love most about your job at Children’s?

 “ I don’t know that I can pick just one thing that I love most. I love that I get to be creative everyday and my team that I get to work with. I feel that my reach is pretty vast here, being the only web designer, so I love that I get the opportunity to learn about different departments and meet others from all over the organization. And, I love that I am learning something new every day!”

 9.   Share a work experience involving volunteers:

 “Recently, I did some user-testing of our website with some volunteers. They were so helpful in providing valuable feedback about the website and changes being made to the site.”

Thank you, Angie, for sharing your creative talents with Children’s!

 

Buds in Scrubs: Jake Beaver

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Children’s Volunteer Services presents:

Buds in Scrubs!

1.   Meet Jake:

“I am the A/V Specialist as part of IT (Information Technology) within the hospital. I’ve been here two years now and absolutely love it. I help doctors/staff get the conference rooms set up for meetings, and take care of special audio/video projects around both campuses.”

2.   Favorite thing to do outside of work?

“I love to listen to music. You may even catch me dancing from time to time:  it’s very bad dancing, but you should always dance like no one is watching. I also help run an Internet radio station named KSIZ.”

3.   Do you have any kids or pets of your own?

“I have a 4-year-old son, Theodore. We call him Teddy for short. He is by far the best thing to ever happen to me. He also is begging to get a dog, so we’ll see what happens there.”

4.   What is your favorite book and/or movie?

“My favorite book is The World Wide Dessert Contest by Dan Elish. It was a book I read as a kid and can re-read at any moment.  My avorite movie is The Princess Bride. It has everything you would want in a movie.”

5.   Who was your hero as a kid?

“My hero as a kid was my Grandpa Dale. He shared with me so much wisdom that I hope to pass on to Teddy as he gets older. I wouldn’t be the person I am now if it wasn’t for him.”

6.   Who is your hero now?

“My hero now is Teddy. It may sound weird to have a 4-year-old as a hero, but he makes me try to be the best person I can be every single day.”

7.   If you could create a new candy bar, what would be in it and what would you name it?

“This is the best question EVER! I would have peanut butter, marshmallow, cashews, and cover it in chocolate. It would be called ‘Ridishulous’ because it would be ridiculously delicious.”

8.   What do you love most about your job at Children’s?

“I love the people. The people who work in this organization make my job so much fun. Everyone has a different personality in life and I get to work with some of the best out there. I can hardly wait to come in each day.”

9.   Share a fun work story:

“Just recently, I was helping out in our Leadership Forum and we had a small issue with one of the presentations. I walked up on stage (in front of every leader, mind you) to help fix the issue. Once I got up there and fixed it, Dr. Kibort told me to “freeze,” and I did.  Once he saw it was working, he said, “Move!”  It was kind of an impromptu game of “Red Light, Green Light.” Everyone was so kindhearted about it that I got applause on my way back to my seat. Stuff like that makes me love this place even more!”

Thank you, Jake, for coming to the rescue on numerous occasions, and sharing your smile and talent with Children’s!

Buds in Scrubs: Perla Morley

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Children’s Volunteer Services presents:

Buds in Scrubs!

1.   Meet Perla:

“I am a staff Spanish interpreter at the Minneapolis Campus and have been working at Children’s since 2004 (9 years)!”

2.   Favorite thing to do outside of work?

“I enjoy taking it easy with my husband and two sons.”

3.   Do you have any kids or pets of your own?

“Besides my two boys (ages 7 and 3), we have a cat called Maribel.”

4.   What is your favorite book and/or movie?

“I don’t think that I have ONE favorite book, but one that made an impact on me was To Kill a Mockingbird.  Here’s one of my favorite quotes from it:

‘“Atticus, he was real nice.”

“Most people are, Scout, when you finally see them.”’

Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

5.   Who was your hero as a kid?

“Wonder Woman.” :)

6.   Who is your hero now?

“Mother Teresa of Calcutta and people like her.”

7.   If you could create a new candy bar, what would be in it and what would you name it?

“I am not very original. It would have walnuts, sesame seeds, peanuts, cashews, etc.,  sweetened with honey and dried fruit. I am a nut lover, so it would probably be called ‘Going Nuts!’”

8.   What do you love most about your job at Children’s?

“I find my work meaningful because, by definition, interpreting is helping others communicate. My job has also provided me the flexibility to care for my special needs child. I am very grateful for that.”

 9.   Share a work experience involving volunteers:

“I haven’t had the opportunity to work with volunteers as an interpreter (call me if you need one!), but my family has benefitted from the services of a volunteer! For two years, a volunteer came to our home to watch our special little boy through Children’s Pain and Palliative Care program. We were so blessed! Because of this personal experience, I hold all volunteers in the highest regard. Their job is priceless. They help make Children’s a warm, loving place. Thank you!”

Thank you, Perla, for sharing your kind heart and language skills with all of us here at Children’s!

Thanks For Participating: 2013 Emergency Prep Exercise!

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

 

On Wednesday, July 31, an Emergency Preparedness exercise was held on the Children’s-Minneapolis campus.  The scenario?  A building collapse, injuring many…volunteers helped simulate this situation by serving as “patients,” “family members,” and escorts!

Thanks to our volunteers, our staff was able to practice their reactions and apply procedures to a plausible situation, ensuring that they would be prepared to take care of real patients and family members if a similar situation arose!

We send a special thanks to the volunteers who participated… the drill would not have been as successful without the use of live participants!

Buds in Scrubs: Kathy Misk

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

 

Children’s Volunteer Services presents:

Buds in Scrubs!

1.   Meet Kathy:

 Kathy Misk has been an RN at Children’s for 27 years! She currently works in the Emergency Department. Kathy has a passion for helping, and this shows daily in her interactions and care for the patients and families at Children’s.

 2.   Favorite thing to do outside of work?

“My favorite thing to do outside of work is to hang out with my family, I also love to volunteer.  As a family we love to sail, swim, and ski.”

 3.   Do you have any kids or pets of your own?

“I have three daughters: Mariah, Natalie and Brianna. Captain is our dog; he is a yellow lab and we adore him.”

 4.   What is your favorite book and/or movie?

“My favorite movie is “An officer and a gentleman” and my favorite book is “The Shack”.

 5.   Who was your hero as a kid?

“My childhood hero was my mom. She was strong and had courage to always do the right thing, even when it was not easy.”

 6.   Who is your hero now?

“My mom is still my hero today.”

 7.   If you could create a new candy bar, what would be in it and what would you name it?

    “If I were to create a candy bar it would consist of organic oats, raisins, pretzels, caramel, and dark chocolate. I would call it ‘love my sweets’.”

 8.   What do you love most about your job at Children’s?

“My favorite saying is, ‘people may not remember what you said or did for them, however they will remember how you made them feel.’ I practice my profession with this in mind.

I have the best job in the whole world, it keeps me humble and aware of how precious life is.” 

 9.   Share a work experience involving volunteers:

“The volunteers make such a big difference for the kids; play helps them forget they are sick. Last week we had a volunteer bring us blankets; it came in very useful for a very sick baby. The mother was so grateful and so were we.”

 Thank you, Kathy, for sharing your compassion, and skills with the patients and families we serve!

Buds in Scrubs: Justin Theodotou

Friday, July 5th, 2013

Children’s Volunteer Services presents:

Buds in Scrubs!

1.   Meet Justin:

“I started in the Children’s marketing and communication department in the fall of 2010 as a public relations coordinator. I get to tell the world about how we make kiddos feel better.”

 2.   Favorite thing to do outside of work?

“I love skiing in the mountains, camping, spending time with friends and family and agonizing over Vikings football.”

 3.   Do you have any kids or pets of your own?

 “Do my two roommates count?

 I grew up with pets (dogs, cats, and a fish that only lasted a few hours before jumping down the drain), but don’t have any of my own now. My parents have a little, white bichon – who they’ve deemed my “evil twin,” since we share a birthday – who I love to play with when I’m on their side of the river.”

 4.   What is your favorite book and/or movie?

“My favorite movie, hands down, is The Princess Bride. It has been since I was a kid. It combines so many elements of a great movie: adventure, humor, suspense, creative characters and a great story.”

 5.   Who was your hero as a kid?

“I loved comic books as a kid, so anyone with superpowers and a cape I did my best to emulate (I also had a pair of Superman pajamas, which I wore almost constantly).”

 6.   Who is your hero now?

    “More and more, I find I am surrounded be wonderful people with inspiring stories, but, if I had to pick one person, it would have to be my dad. He’s shown me that being a real man includes equal parts changing the oil in your car and splitting wood as it does being a gentleman and being kind to others. He embodies those qualities and I hope to emulate him.”

 7.   If you could create a new candy bar, what would be in it and what would you name it?

    “If someone made a candy bar that combined peanuts, nougat and caramel, all covered in chocolate…wait, that’s a Snickers bar and I already love them!”

 8.   What do you love most about your job at Children’s?

    “I feel privileged that so many families over the years have allowed me a small glimpse into their lives, at some of their toughest moments. Seeing your child sick or in pain is hard; really hard. If it’s for a day, a week, or months on end, I’m amazed by how thankful parents are for the care that their children receive here. Getting the chance to share that feeling of gratefulness – usually coupled with an against-all-odds story – is a pleasure and an honor.”

 9.   Share a work experience involving volunteers:

    “I am a huge fan of our PAWH program, in which volunteers and their trained therapy dogs come to children’s to visit patients or participate in therapy sessions. It’s so beautiful to see what a difference the presence of a friendly dog makes in the lives of our patients, and brings a sense of normalcy to the otherwise abnormal situation of being hospitalized.”

 Thank you, Justin, for your enthusiasm, drive, and passion for Children’s!

Buds in Scrubs: Lisa Pham

Friday, June 7th, 2013

 

Children’s Volunteer Services presents:

Buds in Scrubs!

1.   Meet Lisa:

“My name is Lisa Pham and I work in the Sibling Play Area as a Child Life Associate. I started out as a volunteer back in 2009 and started my job in June 2011.”

 2.   Favorite thing to do outside of work?

“I’m such a foodie. I love to go search for new foods at restaurants. Other hobbies include cooking, movies, hanging with family and friends, kickboxing, karaoke, and snowboarding. Also, I plan to purchase a bike this summer to explore the wonderful trails that the Twin Cities has to offer. I would love to travel the world, but that’s not ideal quite yet. Someday. J ”

 3.   Do you have any kids or pets of your own?

“As a kid, I had a dog, a rabbit and a crawfish (ha!) as pets. Currently, I do not have any pets or kids of my own. But, I get the pleasure of being able to play with my niece (Chloe) and my sibling’s Yorkies (Foxie and Shiloh)…and return them back whenever I want!”

 4.   What is your favorite book and/or movie?

“Ah, sooo many movies to choose from. I love action, suspense, and comedy movies. One of my favorite movies would have to be “Bad Boys I & II.”

 5.   Who was your hero as a kid?

“My parents were my heroes and still are! I appreciate what my parents have done for me and wish to return the favor ten times more in the future.”

 6.   Who is your hero now?

“My parents!”

 7.   If you could create a new candy bar, what would be in it and what would you name it?

    “I would somehow fuse cookies, toffee, caramel, almonds, pistachios, and dark chocolate together with a bit of sea salt on top. I would name it ‘Choconutties.’”

 8.   What do you love most about your job at Children’s?

“I get to enjoy the presence of all the awesome volunteers and siblings who come from different walks of life. Plus, I have a fantastic view in the Sibling Play Area while they hang out with me.”

 9.   Share a work experience involving volunteers:

“Volunteers rock! I couldn’t do my job without them. There was one situation where I had a child who was blind checked-in under my care, while Mom went to take care of things. When she left, I guided him to some of the toys and allowed him to feel it. I sensed the child’s frustration since he was in a totally different setting than what he is used to. I asked the volunteer to bring out the instrument bin, which included bells, maracas, triangles, and etc. She laid the instruments all on the floor and played with each one to introduce him to it. He tilted his head sideways every time she rang a bell. The volunteer saw his reaction and put the bell in his hand. He then proceeded to ring each bell himself to put them in order, from lowest to highest pitch. The volunteer was so patient and kind to the child. Next thing you know, they were having a blast and jammin’ together with the bells. It was great to see the child being able to enjoy himself and just be a kid! Love it!”

 Thank you, Lisa, for your constant support and encouragement with our volunteers!

Buds in Scrubs: Cheryl Bauer

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

 

Children’s Volunteer Services presents:

Buds in Scrubs!

1.   Meet Cheryl:

Cheryl is an RN on the 6th floor at Children’s—Minneapolis. She has been at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota for 23 years! Cheryl utilizes Volunteer Services with many of her patients, offering them some one-on-one playtime outside of their medical care.

 2.   Favorite thing to do outside of work?

“Hanging out with friends and family!”

 3.   Do you have any kids or pets of your own?

“Sadly, I do not currently have any pets.”

 4.   What is your favorite book and/or movie?

“My favorite movie is The Sound of Music.”

 5.   Who was your hero as a kid?

“My dad.”

 6.   Who is your hero now?

“All of my co-workers here; they do awesome work!”

 7.   If you could create a new candy bar, what would be in it and what would you name it?

    “Chocolate, caramel and Macadamia Nuts: I would call it a ‘Maui Bar.’”

 8.   What do you love most about your job at Children’s?

“The kids and families!”

 9.   Share a work experience involving volunteers:

“I remember having a very busy assignment one day, and a patient with no parents here. This one volunteer hung out with this toddler for at least 3 hours and made him very happy! She was so great with him! Volunteers really help us on the floors so much every day! I can’t imagine our hospital without them!”

 Thank you, Cheryl!  Your passion for nursing (and the patients & families that we serve) is evident!

It Takes a Team!

Friday, April 26th, 2013

From all of us at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, THANK YOU, VOLUNTEERS, for your smiles, positive spirits, time, and compassion for the patients and families we serve! We are thankful for your service!

“Please thank the excellent volunteer that helped me today. He was fantastic with my patient and played with him for several hours in CVCC this afternoon.  I have not seen my patient this happy during this admission, and the volunteer is to thank for that.” -CVCC RN

“A mom stopped by today and mentioned that the two things that really make her son’s day at Children’s are: X-Box and VOLUNTEERS!!” -Family Resource Center Employee

“Every time a volunteer approached, it brought a smile from [our child]. They brought her crafts to work on, got her hooked on Bingo, played games with her, played cards, played Wii, and basically did anything she asked of them. Each volunteer spoke with our child honestly and intellectually. They brought true friendship and encouragement to our daughter. And, again, they took time from their lives each day to spend time with our daughter. THAT is priceless to us!” -Family Comment (check out their guest blog post here: Family Thank-You Letter to Children’s Volunteers!)