Inside Gillette Blog

Science-Minded High Schoolers Experience Surgery Simulation

Posted On: 09/26/2012

Students from St. Paul’s Washington Technology Magnet School took a break from reading, writing and arithmetic today. Instead, they came to Gillette to scrub in for surgery — literally!  Gillette welcomed biomedical and anatomy students into its newly opened Surgery Simulation Center, part of efforts to help them learn about, and experience, careers in the medical field. Students participated in scenarios they might encounter as a physician, nurse, technician, or biomedical engineer working in an operating room.

We’re excited to help young people learn more about careers in health and medicine. But surgical simulation also plays a critical role in training, patient safety, and continued innovations in patient care.  Because Gillette’s Simulation Center is unique positioned — it’s directly adjacent to real-life operating rooms and imaging suites —medical staff can rehearse procedures in the actual surgical environment (most hospital Simulation Centers are located at off-site facilities). Co-location in the operating room also allows staff to utilize the space even during short periods of free time.

Thank you to Washington students and teachers, and to Gillette’s surgery staff, for making today a success!

Meet Us Monday: Meet Nicole, PT ATP

Posted On: 09/23/2012

Q. What are some of your hobbies outside work? 

A. I enjoy being outside, taking walks or just spending time with my friends and family. I also have a photography business that keeps me busy.

Meet Nicole!

Q. Do you have any kids or pets?

A. My 17 month old son, Patric, keeps me running and laughing, and reminds me how innocent and captivating the world can be. My oldest “son” is a 6 year old Boxer (Sampson) who has taught Patric how to play tuggy and stand his ground when 60 pounds comes barreling at him!

Q. As a child, which superhero did you admire?

A. Wonder Woman and She-Ra

Q. What is your favorite food?

A.Coffee. Mexican Food. Chocolate. Ice Cream. (some days, in that order too!)

Q. If you could travel anywhere where would you go?

A. Kauai – it’s my favorite place.

Q. What was your favorite subject in school?

A. Art.

Q. What is your favorite type of music?

A. I’m a Country Girl at heart, but I enjoy ALL types of music.

Q. Who did you admire when you were a kid?

A. My Dad. He’s the most generous, thoughtful, and caring person – he’s my Hero.

Q. What do you enjoy most about your job at Gillette?

A. Gillette’s staff has the biggest hearts. We all come to work and do what we do, because we truly care about our patients. That’s a unique trait, and even more unique to find so widespread to all of our sites. It’s a refreshing place to work!


CurePity Message

Posted On: 09/12/2012

We’d like to share a wonderful message that we recently received. The photo is of Madison and her brother Conner.

“Our family recently took a bus tour. During one of the stops, my husband and I sat behind the bus driver while we waited. Our niece took our daughter Madison, who has cerebral palsy, and our son Conner to the restaurant to get some food. When the kids walked by, the bus driver turned to us and said, “Boy, I always feel sorry for kids like that.”

Needless to say, we were dumbfounded and unsure of how to respond without making him feel bad. It was clear that he didn’t know that Madison was our daughter. So, I responded, “You know, you really shouldn’t. She is pretty happy.”

I can’t get your CurePity commercials out of my head. The last thing we want is for people to feel sorry for Madison. We want them to look past the wheelchair and see all the great things she can do.”