BWFH departments band together for holiday giving
This holiday season, members of the Department of Patient Safety, Quality, Infection Control and Accreditation at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital decided to spread some Christmas cheer within the community. The group partnered with several other departments within the hospital to adopt the families of the students at the JP Manning Elementary School who are most in need.
“Every year, instead of giving gifts to each other, our department reaches out to a charity,” explains Senior Q.I. Analyst/Project Manager Kathleen Newcomb, RHIT, from the Department of Patient Safety, Quality, Infection Control and Accreditation. In the past, they have donated to local homeless shelters and the Italian Home for Children. But this year, they wanted to do something close to their hearts.
“In the last few years, we’ve gotten very connected to the JP Manning Elementary School. Five of us in the department are part of the Academic Advocate Program. We’ve gotten to know the kids and the principal,” says Newcomb. “We thought this would be more personal.”
Through the Academic Advocate Program, Newcomb reached out to Director of Community Health and Wellness Tracy Sylven who coordinated with the school principal to identify several families. “These families are really struggling,” says Newcomb. In order to help all of the families, who each have multiple children, other departments got involved. Everyone was enthusiastic and eager to help. In addition to the Department of Patient Safety, Quality, Infection Control and Accreditation, Radiology Support Services, Respiratory Services, Schegistration, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Special Testing and Pre-Authorization/Referral Management all adopted a family of their own. Sylven and Vice President of Professional and Clinical Services Edward Liston-Kraft, PhD, LICSW, also contributed to the cause.
“We were very willing to spread some holiday cheer. The departments all bought clothes and toys, but also a lot of gift certificates to places like Stop and Shop and Target. It was nice because they could also buy food or other necessities,” says Schegistrar Malinda Buck. “I’m so grateful to work with wonderful, caring individuals that could come together to put smiles on some of the faces in our community that we all work to serve daily.”
On the day the group from the Department of Patient Safety, Quality, Infection Control and Accreditation delivered the gifts they had purchased and wrapped to the principal at the school, Newcomb says, “The principal was ecstatic! He was all filled up. The secretary was crying. Everyone felt good about it.”