Archive for the ‘Awards/Recognition’ Category

From Mom to Volunteer: Lori’s Story

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

 

Check out Lori’s story below. From visiting Children’s as a mother of a premature baby girl, to becoming an inpatient volunteer. What a testament to the volunteers that give their time and talents to the little ones we serve! 

Mother daughter winter vacation in Vegas!

“The journey that brought me to the volunteer team at Minneapolis Children’s began on July 28, 1993; when my daughter Paige Webb was a patient in NICU/ICC.  During that time, I was touched by volunteers that would hold and comfort Paige when we could not be there. A gift I wanted to return or more appropriately pay forward. Paige is a happy, healthy college freshman at Gustavus Adolphus College; and thrilled that she is the inspiration for my volunteering.”

               What an incredible way to give back. Thank you for sharing your story, time, and positive spirit with Children’s!

Volunteer Services: Did You Know???

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Did you know that….

…last year alone, volunteers spent time with 31,225 patients?

….the average age of our hospital volunteers is 29?

…Children’s has over 1900 active volunteers?

…last year, our trained therapy dogs spent over 1,800 hours with patients!

…volunteers distribute over 9,000 library books to patient rooms annually?

…nearly 70% of our volunteers are interested in healthcare careers?

…last year alone, 10 volunteers became Children’s employees?

Children’s Volunteer Services has a tremendous reputation due to our talented, dedicated, ALL-STAR volunteers!

Administrative Volunteers: Behind the Scenes at Children’s

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013
Most of our volunteers give of their time on the inpatient units, but several support staff in administrative roles in a wide variety of departments!


Psychological Services Volunteer: Randy Lehnen

After teaching high school for 15 years, Randy was ready for a new challenge! He combined his interests in health care and his aptitude in information technology by pursuing a Practice and Information Management Redesign Specialist certificate program at Normandale Community College. To gain experience in the health care industry, Randy chose to volunteer at Children’s in the Psychological Services clinic on the St. Paul campus. In this volunteer position, Randy has been performing a variety of tasks that have given him valuable insights into the workflow of clinical practice.

 

Volunteer Randy Lehnen with staff supervisor Tanya Johnson

“We have been grateful for all of Randy’s help!  He is always eager and willing to help.  Randy has also aided in filing, organizing, and other tasks that have helped make us efficient.  We appreciate and thank him for his volunteer work with us.”  -Tanya Johnson, Intake Coordinator

 

Family Resource Center Volunteer: Cassie Mathison
Since September 2006, Cassie has volunteered in many ways throughout Children’s, sharing over 850 hours!

Cassie Mathison, Family Resource Center Volunteer

“Cassie has worked with the Family Resource Center for 4 years. She has a spirit that reflects a positive attitude, not just a smile on her face but in the amount of effort and energy she puts forth. Cassie plays a vital role in the Resource Center, performing a wide variety of tasks and always has a willingness to learn more. We depend on Cassie and appreciate all she does to make the Family Resource Center a warm and welcoming environment for the families here at Children’s.” -Kris Fulgham, Family Resource Center staff

Thank you to our wonderful administrative volunteers!  You make a difference here at Children’s!

From Patient to Volunteer: Sasha’s Story

Monday, April 22nd, 2013
Sasha Buchner has been volunteering at Children’s since May 2011.  In her own words, here is the story of how she became involved with our program:

 

“Three years ago, I was quickly approaching the end of my senior year in high school.  However, at the same time, I had an growing sense of dread that came to a peak when I developed a lump just over my collarbone.  On May 27th, 2010, 5 days before I graduated, I was diagnosed with Stage 2A Hodgkin’s lymphoma with bulk disease.  The adult oncology clinic that diagnosed me insisted that I start treatment right away–but then my mom got in contact with the Children’s Hem/Onc clinic in Minneapolis. They were willing to work with me so that I could enjoy the end of my senior year before starting treatment. It was such a relief that I didn’t miss anything.

 

One day, while I was receiving chemotherapy on the inpatient floor, I was feeling particularly nauseated.   I hadn’t eaten anything until two volunteers came around to the rooms pulling a wagon full of dirt pudding (Oreos, chocolate pudding, and gummy worms). Needless to say, I ate the delicious treat right away. At this moment, I realized that I wanted to give back to other kids with cancer by helping make their journeys a little bit brighter.

 

The Hem/Onc clinic is a special place within Children’s. Everyone is part of a community, all working towards the same goal of eradicating childhood cancer. I enjoy spending time with the patients and helping them to be kids and teens instead of diagnoses. Every day, I learn so much from them. It is my hope to put this knowledge to use as I pursue a career as a future teen and young adult oncologist. “


Thank you, Sasha, for sharing your amazing courage, compassion, and commitment to Children’s!

Sneak Peek: National Volunteer Recognition Week, April 21-27!

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Volunteer Services is looking forward to celebrating with volunteers and staff for next week’s National Volunteer Recognition Week! All over the country, this week is a great opportunity for those impacted by the work of volunteers to say thanks!

Here at Children’s, we have lots of fun photos, volunteer stories, and other surprises planned for the week!

Here’s just a peek at what’s in store:

-Treats for volunteers in our Minneapolis & St. Paul offices
-Open Houses recognizing the staff who support volunteers
(St. Paul Volunteer Services office (L-297), Wednesday, 11 am-1 pm/Minneapolis Volunteer Services office (B-700), Thursday, 11 am- 1 pm)
-Daily blog posts with a variety of volunteer stories
-Television ‘Shout Out’s’ to 2 fantastic Children’s Hospital volunteers on KARE 11! Watch for these highlights Saturday, April 20th during the 8 o’clock hour, and on Monday, April 22nd during the 4 o’clock program! KARE 11 will highlight volunteers across the Twin Cities all week in celebration, we’re excited to be a part of the fun!
We look forward to celebrating with you!

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!

Buds in Scrubs: Christy Gotto

Friday, January 4th, 2013

Children’s Volunteer Services presents:

Buds in Scrubs!

1.   Meet Christy:

“My name is Christy Gotto. I have been a registered nurse here at Children’s for seven and a half years, first starting on 7th Floor and now (for the last couple of years) in the NICU!”  Christy is a wonderful supporter of our volunteers, finding them plenty of kiddos to play with!

 2.   Favorite thing to do outside of work?

“I love to cook, bake, and (of course!) spend time with my family.”

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

“We have one son, Liam, who is almost 3 years old, and a new baby on the way next May.  We also have two dogs, Maverick and Dakota, who are 8 and 10 years old.”

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

“My favorite movie is Top Gun.”

 5.   Who was your hero as a kid?

“My dad.”

 6.   Who is your hero now?

“My grandmother, Eleanor.”

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

    “These are difficult questions.  It would be called ‘A Whole Lot of Goodness,’ and contain all of my favorites: dark chocolate, coconut, caramel and pecans.”

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

“I love being able to make a difference in some shape or form for our families and patients, even if it is just to make them smile for the first time that day.”

 9.   Share a work experience involving volunteers:

“One of our volunteers, Tom, came by almost every shift he volunteered to rock one of our older babies in the NICU that did not have family consistently here to be with her.  Her eyes lit up every time she saw him and he rocked her, which was her very favorite part of the day.”

Thank you, Christy, for all that you do to support and encourage our volunteers!

Buds in Scrubs: Charles Lillicrap

Friday, December 7th, 2012

Children’s Volunteer Services presents:

Buds in Scrubs!

1.   Meet Charles:

Charles works as a Unit Operations Coordinator in the Surgery department in Minneapolis. He has held this title for about 1 ½ years. Before this position, he worked as a Child Life Associate in Sibling Play and Concierge at the Welcome Desk. “None of this would have been possible if I didn’t start out as a volunteer in 2002.”  What a neat Children’s history!

 2.   Favorite thing to do outside of work?

“I’m competitive, so playing games and taking names is probablyat the top of my list, especially with my kids. I also enjoy watching Vikings football, spending time with friends and family, and driving in the snow.”

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

“Two children, Finnegan (6) and Adeline (3 ½).”

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

“Star Wars IV, but before Lucas decided to add all of the extra junk to it. I can’t say that I have a favorite book; too many good ones to choose from!”

 5.   Who was your hero as a kid?

“Luke Skywalker.”

 6.   Who is your hero now?

“My wife.”

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

“Caramel, sea salt, dark chocolate, peanut butter, and pretzels.  I’d name them ‘Charlie’s Lil’ Craps.’  No one would buy them, and I’d get to eat them all!”

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

“When I’m able to make a difference in a family’s experience. In the surgery center, we see a lot of parents that are stressed and not used to the powerless feeling that comes with sending a child into surgery. I help to make the time spent in our department a little less stressful ,which is wonderful: I really enjoy making a family smile, either with a joke or delivering good news.”

 9.   Share a work experience involving volunteers:

“My job would be impossible without the continuous help and support that I get from all of the amazing volunteers in our department. When my role first expanded to Family Waiting Room Supervisor, I asked for some ideas from the volunteers about how to make the surgery experience better. The responses were overwhelming, which showed me just how much volunteers cared about everything that we do for the families. It really impressed upon me how much volunteers invest into their jobs, and made me proud to work hand-in-hand with such a great group.”