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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!

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!

Buds in Scrubs: Tim Schroeder

Friday, April 12th, 2013

 

Children’s Volunteer Services presents:

Buds in Scrubs!

1.   Meet Tim:

Tim is Children’s Finance Projects Manager, and is based in Roseville. He started with Children’s in June 2004 as a Financial Analyst. He is a strong leader and wonderful Volunteer Services partner (who wears some of the coolest ties)!

 2.   Favorite thing to do outside of work?

         “Supporting and cheering for my daughters’ activities. Also, volunteer activities with the Richfield Public Schools Foundation, Richfield Public Schools Music Boosters, and our church.”

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

 “I’ve been married to Darla for almost 24 years; our anniversary is in less than 2 weeks! We have two daughters, Sarah (17) and Katie (15); both go to Richfield High School. Sarah volunteers on the Children’s-Minneapolis campus on Saturdays, and is deciding on colleges for next year.

 We only have two pets now; Sadie is a springer/lab/chow mix, and Trooper is our cat. In the past, we also had gerbils and guinea pigs.”

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

“I enjoy reading about mountain climbing and dog sledding, though my current books are more career-related (predictive analytics and lean healthcare). My all-time favorite movie is “The Ten Commandments.”

 5.   Who was your hero as a kid?

“When I was a child, my hero was my mother:  as a single parent, she sacrificed a lot to assure that my brothers, sisters and I could get the most out of our lives. She told us, though not verbatim, what I share with my daughters: 1) have a great day, 2) do your best, 3) have fun, 4) be respectful of others, and most importantly, 5) she loved us and was very proud of us.”

 6.   Who is your hero now?

    “Today, my mother is still my hero, but I have also added others who give of themselves and commit their lives to making our tomorrows better than today – such as our volunteers.”

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

    “If I could create a new candy bar, it would include honey, dried cherries, crushed cashews molded together in dark chocolate and be called ‘Done Best.’”

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

    “The ability to work with my colleagues to become more efficient stewards of our available resources so that we fulfill our mission to the patients, families and communities that we serve.”

 9.   Share a work experience involving volunteers:

    “Currently, five volunteers regularly assist the finance team with several of our databases and programs.  I greatly appreciate their enthusiasm and commitment to help.  They have all suggested ideas that we have implemented to make things easier.”

 

 

 

 

Buds in Scrubs: The Dude

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Children’s Volunteer Services presents:

Buds in Scrubs!

1.   Meet The Dude:

“Name’s The Dude. I work in Family Services and am the lead Host of Star Studio’s live TV shows. I’ve been here since…actually, I don’t know; I’m not awesome with numbers. 5 years, maybe?  Whoa!”

 2.   Favorite thing to do outside of work?

“Playing video games, reading about cool things in history, playing with my little sister, pulling off never-performed skateboard tricks, practicing guitar, perfecting mac-n-cheese recipes, listening to all kinds of music, playing wicked beats on my drum set, napping, and board games…”

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

“Having a 7-year-old little sister is like having a kid AND a pet at the same time…”

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

“My favorite movie is ‘The Little Mermaid.’  It has comedy, action, romance, great characters and music!  My favorite book is the one based on the movie ‘The Little Mermaid.’”

 5.   Who was your hero as a kid?

“My mom.”

 6.   Who is your hero now?

“See Question #5;  heehee!”

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

“It would have chocolate, honey-roasted peanuts, vanilla wafers, and bacon.  I would call it the ‘What Up? Bar.’”

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

“Everything.  Especially making people laugh, making friends, and when doctors walk down the hall, see me, and say “‘Dude!’”

 9.   Share a work experience involving volunteers:

“This one time, a volunteer named Alisha co-hosted Bingo with me, and she was so awesome. I can’t wait to have her back!”

Thanks for the high-fives, ‘wassup’s,” and being an all-around cool Dude!

Buds in Scrubs: Dee Moore

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Children’s Volunteer Services presents:

Buds in Scrubs!

1.   Meet Dee:

“My name is Chaplain Dee Moore.  I am part of the chaplaincy team at Children’s and work at the St. Paul hospital site.  I have been working here a little over 13 years now and love it. I graduated from the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan with an MPH. My first career was a nurse in public health.  I have also been a teaching assistant at Augustana College, worked in migrant health in the cherry orchards of Michigan, been a camp nurse at Interlocken National Music Camp in Michigan, and worked several years as station manager for the Detroit Visiting Nurse Association. I then felt very called into ministry and chaplaincy.  I attended Bethel Seminary in St. Paul and eventually ended up here to work as a chaplain.”

 2.   Favorite thing to do outside of work?

    “I love being outdoors and observing nature. Skies, birds, plant life – seeing them feeds my soul.  My new favorite thing to do outside of work is to hold my new granddaughter who was born in January.  The only problem is that she lives in Washington, D.C. I am also very committed to helping in Haiti and hope to continue involvement there. I am very involved in Charis prison ministry as well.”

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

“I have two daughters and one son-in-law. All live in Washington, D.C. I love them a lot!”

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

“Currently, I am hooked on watching Downton Abbey on a weekly basis. Fascinating! I have to say, my favorite book is the Bible.”

 5.   Who was your hero as a kid?

“I can’t remember, but think I could truthfully say… Superman!”

 6.   Who is your hero now?

“It is the staff and volunteers here at Children’s who are so committed, skilled, and caring in their care of the infants, children, and their families!”

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

    “It would have to have chocolate in good amount! Would love to have kiwi in some, and raspberries in others, with sprinkles on top. I would name it  ‘Deelightful.’”

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

“The kids! I feel so honored to be able to be with them here! Even when it is a tough situation, I feel it is an honor to be allowed in with the patients and their parents- seems like holy ground to me often.”

 9.   Share a work experience involving volunteers:

 “Volunteers add so much to this place and bring comfort to kids and their families!  From holding babies when parents can’t be here, to playing with kids who need good activities, to Lay Eucharistic  Ministers - all they do makes a difference.  They bring a ton of care and fun that is invaluable.  I currently feel very blessed to have Sasha, one of our therapy dogs, and her owner, Dave, with me at the weekly “Coffee Time with the Chaplain” in the PICU lounge.  Sasha and Dave are amazing in calming parents who are very tired and distressed.  After the coffee time, they then do some visits with me to kids in their rooms as appropriate. The team is always calming to all in the rooms.”

Thank you, Dee, for your incredible support to the staff, volunteers, patients and families!