Buds in Scrubs: Dee Moore

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!

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