Monthly Archives: September 2011

2011 Minneapolis Professorship Luncheon Held!

Today, we held our 3rd annual Professorship Luncheon on the Children’s-Minneapolis campus.  We host this event to honor staff members who go “above and beyond” in their efforts to support and mentor volunteers through offering shadowing opportunities, informational interviews, and much more!  A volunteer panel consisting of Mari Fitch, Robin Friedlander, and Nancy Larsen presented on their experiences at Children’s, and it was wonderful to have them share their insights!

A huge THANK-YOU goes to all staff members who attended, as well as all other Children’s staff who mentor and support volunteers throughout the year.  We appreciate you & all that you contibute to our volunteer program!

Music therapist Erinn Danielson, physical therapist Jessie Ovans, & volunteer coordinator Ben Reed

Physician assistants Meghan Webber & Skye Peltier

Volunteer panel members Mari Fitch, Robin Friedlander, & Nancy Larsen

Pharmacy staff members Amy Simons, Laura Dornbusch, Heidi Winkelman, & Steve Grapentine

P.S.  The St. Paul campus will be hosting their Professorship Luncheon next Tuesday, October 4th…so please check back for another update & more pictures then!

Bon Voyage, Ben Reed!

A wise man once said, “The only constant is change.”  Our department will experience another big change next week, as we bid farewell to Minneapolis Volunteer Coordinator Ben Reed.

Ben began his career at Children’s in 2004, working in Human Resources.  He came to Volunteer Services in April 2006, and has been a tremendous asset to the department ever since.  We have greatly appreciated his community involvement & leadership skills, and will miss his humor, easygoing nature, and knowledge of all things food-related! :) 

Ben will be taking a new position as Manager of the International Center at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, so we’re very glad that he will remain in the area!  Ben’s last day at Children’s will be Friday, October 7th.  We will be having an open house in the Minneapolis Volunteer Services office from 12:00-2:00 pm that day if you’re able to stop by; otherwise, please feel free to shoot Ben an e-mail ([email protected]) or give him a call (612-813-6170) to thank him for his years of dedicated service to Children’s.

Best of luck in your new venture, Ben!  We’ll miss you!

Children’s PAWH Program Featured On Fox 9 News!

“As an infant, Kadin did all the things that melt a mother’s heart. By the time he reached a year and a half, however, he was disconnecting from everyone–even his mom. He would scream a lot, wouldn’t sleep, and struggled to communicate.”  -Jeff Baillon, Fox 9 News

Kadin is a patient who received occupational therapy here at Children’s.  His story was featured on Fox 9 news today, and chronicles the time that he spent with Sasha, one of our wonderful Children’s therapy dogs.  (Sasha  helped Kadin so much in his journey with autism that Kadin’s family ended up adopting their own service dog, specially trained to work with kids with autism.)

THANK YOU, PAWH volunteers, for the incredible work that you do in promoting healing & supporting our patients! Check out the full article and video here.

(Pictured below:  Sasha, pictured solo and with all-star handler Dave Kettering!)

 1st Sasha pictures by Dick 035                 Dave & Sasha

FREE Flu Vaccines Now Available!

It’s that time of year again:  the leaves are changing, the air is cooling, and people are beginning to ask about…FLU SHOTS!  The following vaccine clinics have been scheduled this fall on both Children’s campuses:


September 26, 27, &  29:  Back Education Center (2nd Floor)

November 1, 2, 4, & 22:  Conference Center (2nd Floor)

7:00 am-4:30 pm

Children’s-St. Paul

October 18, 20, & 27

November 15

Garden View 1053/1054 (both days)

6:30 am-4:30 pm

These flu vaccines are FREE, and strongly recommended for all volunteers.  Both nasal (“flu mist”) and injectable vaccines are available.  For further information, please feel free to ask any Volunteer Services staff member, or contact Children’s Employee Health at (612) 813-6140.

Welcome, Kristi Kehrwald!

Editor’s Note:  As mentioned on our blog last week, we’re excited to introduce Kristi Kehrwald as the newest member of the Children’s Volunteer Services team!   Below is a brief introduction from Kristi, in her own words! 

Kristi Kehrwald

“Hi!  My name is Kristi Kehrwald, and I am very excited to have joined the Volunteer Services team at Children’s Hospital, working as a Volunteer Coordinator on the St. Paul Campus.  It’s been incredible to meet so many amazing volunteers, and to learn about the awesome work that you do here at the hospital!
I attended the University of Minnesota-Morris as an undergraduate, studying Political Science and International Studies.  Following graduation, I completed three years of National Service through AmeriCorps VISTA and NCCC (the National Civilian Community Corps).  These years of service involved work in a wide variety of settings, from a disaster response assignment in Texas to an organic farm in Hawaii to building homes with Habitat for Humanity in the Gulf Coast region.  Most recently, I recruited and led AmeriCorps VISTAs with Habitat for Humanity in Minnesota.  I’ve lived in Minneapolis for a year and continue to love exploring new places, events and areas of the Cities:  feel free to share your favorites with me!
I have really loved working with volunteers over the past several years, and am SO excited to be joining the Children’s Hospital Volunteer Services team!  Thank you to everyone for such a warm welcome already!”

Welcome to Children’s, Kristi!  We’re happy to have you onboard!


Where Are They Now?: Volunteer-to-Employee “Hall of Fame!”

Do you recognize any of these folks? All of these individuals are current Children’s employees who started off as volunteers!   Currently, there are nearly thirty individuals who gave their time to either the Minneapolis or St. Paul hospitals as volunteers, and over the years, there have been countless others.   The next time you see any of these employees in the hall, say hello and ask them about their volunteer experience!



Pictured in Album 1 (listed in order of appearance within full album):
Carin Hanson, Child Life
Anna Wells, Emergency Department
Bethany Bauer, 4th Floor
Charles Lillicrap, Surgery
Abbie Dalbec, 6th Floor
Amy Heairet, NICU
Album 2:
Emily Mueller, Pharmacy
Ernie Krause, Research & Sponsored Programs
Chelsea Gliddon, Infection Prevention & Control
Jenna Barke, Volunteer Services
Emily Gustafson, Float Team
Jackie Cameron, Health Information Management
Jennifer Johnson, Foundation
Album 3:
Pamela Carranza, Developmental Rehabilitation
Lisa Pham, Child Life
Rhea Holm, Children’s Clinic
Tedi Rappaport, Child Life
Molly Lamon, Volunteer Services
Simon Lueth, Hematology/Oncology Clinic

Upcoming Educational Opportunities!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Mortality & Morbidity Conference (presented by the Center for Quality & Safety and Medical Education)

7:30-8:30 am

Minneapolis:  2nd Floor Conference Center/St. Paul:  GardenView 4057

Case Study:  “Failure to Communicate”

Please join this discussion on how to improve the care and services provided to Children’s patients & families!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Lunch & Learn: “Complementary & Alternative Medicine”

Presenter:  Maura Fitzgerald, Advanced Practice RN

12:00-1:00 pm, 2nd Floor Conference Center (Children’s-Minneapolis)

Staffing Change: Molly Lamon “Goes Casual!”

Effective last Friday, September 2nd, St. Paul Volunteer Coordinator Molly Lamon has reduced her time to casual.  (This means that Molly will remain a member of our department on an “on-call” basis.)

Molly has been working in Volunteer Services at Children’s since 2005, and has been instrumental in developing, organizing, and championing a variety of amazing volunteer initiatives.  We have particularly benefitted from her passion for our PAWH (Pets Assisting With Healing) and Developmental Rehabilitation programs in St. Paul.   It’s been a joy to work with Molly, and we will miss her friendly, energetic, and outgoing nature in our office on a daily basis!

We’re extremely happy that Molly will not really be leaving us, but simply taking more time to be home with her four beautiful children.  You’ll still have chances to see her around the St. Paul campus, either picking up hours in our office or utilizing her child life certification through coordinating the Diabetes Support Group program.  

Thank you for ALL that you have done for our department, and for Children’s, over the past 6 years, Molly.  We will miss you!

P.S.  We’re very excited to welcome our new colleague, Kristi Kehrwald, to the department as a full-time Volunteer Coordinator in St. Paul.  We will be posting a “get-to-know-Kristi” profile on our blog very soon…stay tuned!