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Meet Us Monday - Jennifer Severud, Outpatient Imaging - Lead Technologist

Posted On: 01/26/2015

1.) What is your position and role at Gillette? I am the lead technologist for outpatient imaging at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare’s St. Paul campus.  I take x-rays, coordinate daily workflows/ schedules and help organize and implement x-ray protocols and procedures.  I have been here 3 ½ years and absolutely love Gillette and what I do!

Meet Us Monday - Jennifer Severud, Imaging2.) Do you have a favorite Gillette story or memory? I have had so many great memories but one that really stands out as a proud moment is seeing a collaboration between my colleagues and I come to life. Together, we facilitated the creation of a spine chair – which is essentially a chair that allows patients in wheelchairs to stay seated for spine x-rays. Seeing one of my patients use our spine chair for the first time during their x-rays was incredible. The parents were so thrilled at the design, safety and comfort it provided their child. This chair has helped our work and workflow tremendously.  I am so happy that it is making our patients and families imaging experience better!

3.) What are some of your hobbies outside of work? Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.  I have a cabin in Northern Minnesota so most of our summer weekends are spent fishing, boating, and swimming. In the winter, we enjoying ice fishing and snowmobiling.  I also love Photography, traveling, Minnesota football and exercise.

4.) Do you have any children or pets? We have two little girls, Diem and Maci. We also have a Dog named Bella.  She is a Vizsla (Hungarian pointer) who is full of energy and excitement.

5.) If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? My dream destinations would be Bora Bora (or somewhere in the French Polynesia), Greece and Italy.  We are also looking forward to our first Disney World vacation with our girls.

6.) What is one fun fact about you? I have never watched an episode of the TV show ‘Friends’.  I know, call me crazy!

Editors Note: Want to hear more from Jenny? Read her guest blog post on Positive Distractions: Finding Fun in Imaging and Radiology.

 


Meet us Monday- Meet Krissy Plasch, Registered Nurse

Posted On: 01/14/2015

1.) What is your position and role at Gillette?  I am a nurse in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare. I have been with Gillette for a little over six years. I started on the Resource Team when it was first getting started and then transitioned into the PICU after about two years.

2.) Do you have a favorite Gillette story or memory?  One of my favorite things is when previous patients come back to visit the PICU when they are well.  It always amazes me to see how far our patients have come and to see them at their best!

3.) What are some of your hobbies outside of work?  Outside of work, I like to try new recipes and restaurants, play the Wii with my kids, travel, have dance parties with my kids, relax by the fireplace, and bowl.

4.) Do you have any children or pets?  I have an 18-year-old step-son named Devin, a 14-year-old step-daughter name Cailah, a 13-year-old son named Isaiah, and a two year-old son named Jaxson. I also have a rescue dog named Maggie Mae.

5.) If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? Soon, I will be traveling to Costa Rica with a few of my closest college friends, but I could travel anywhere, I would go to Italy or India.

6.) What is one fun fact about you? When I am cleaning my house, I love to turn up 90's music really loud!


Meet Us Monday- Meet Rebecca Hamilton, Registered Nurse

Posted On: 01/12/2015

1.) What is your position and role at Gillette?  I am the day-charge nurse on the orthopedic surgical unit at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare. I help to coordinate all of the activity that goes on in our busy 18 bed unit.

Meet Us Monday- Meet Rebecca Hamilton, Registered Nurse2.) Do you have a favorite Gillette story or memory? There are so many good memories and stories to tell. Thinking back over the years, it is amazing to me the great changes that have taken place at Gillette. In my early days at Gillette when I was doing bed-side care, it was always the little things that I remember, the little smiles, the handmade drawings, and the big thank yous from patients as well as their families. Now that I have been in a leadership position for many years, it is the enthusiasm of new nurses as they come to Gillette and learn to enjoy these things as well. It’s a pleasure to be able to watch them grow in their confidence and abilities and be able to mentor them to become good nurses. I have developed lifelong friendships at Gillette which will go on for years to come. 

3.) What are some of your hobbies outside of work? I have been a runner for years and love to camp and hike as well. I enjoy spending time with friends and family and I love to travel. The best is when I am able to combine family and/or friends  with my travel!

4.) o you have any children or pets? No children but I have one cat named Bynx.

5.) If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? I have been fortunate to be able to do a lot of travelling but one place I still want to go to is Australia and New Zealand. 

6.) What is one fun fact about you? I have run two marathons and have traveled to China, Africa, Portugal, Spain, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and England!


Meet Us Monday- Meet Joy Taber, M.D., Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialist

Posted On: 12/31/2014

1.) What is your position and role at Gillette? I am a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialist who works at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare’s Lifetime Clinic with adults with chronic (life-long) nervous system condition

2.) Can you tellus a little about your education/career history? I am from Minnesota and went to Hamline University and then to the University of Minnesota for medical school and residency.

3.) Do you have a favorite Gillette story or memory? During my residency program, I was fortunate to be able to train and learn from the staff at Gillette. I have lots of memories of a strong team-approach and patient and family-centered care.

4.) What are some of your hobbies outside of work? Outside of work, I enjoy being outdoors, reading, exercise, and hunting. I also love trying new foods.

5.) Do you have any children or pets? I don’t have any children, but I would love to have kids in the future! In terms of pets, my sister has a dog named Lucky. Everyone in my extended family loves her and considers her the family pet!

6.) If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? I was stationed in England for three years with the military. I got to travel a lot throughout Europe, but I never made it to Scotland or Scandinavia, so I would probably travel north if I could go back!

What is one fun fact about you? I am currently in the National Guard and love working with the military


Meet Us Monday- Meet Janet Cortes, Certified Orthotist

Posted On: 12/23/2014

1.) What is your position and role at Gillette? I am a certified orthotist and I work in the assistive technology department on the St. Paul campus at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare.

Meet Us Monday- Meet Janet Cortes, Certified Orthotist Gillette2.) Do you have a favorite Gillette story or memory? I’ve been at Gillette for 10 years and have so many great memories so it is hard to pick a favorite. My Gillette co-workers have become my family and some of my best friends; they are a great support system. The smiles and resilience of the kids at Gillette remind me that life is great and there is so much to be thankful for.

3.) What are some of your hobbies outside of work? I love to do crafts and make jewelry. I have participated in the St. Paul art crawl and some craft fairs with my jewelry made from up-cycled materials and natural stones.

4.) Do you have any children or pets? My baby is an 8-year old black cat named Martino. He is a great cuddler. 

5.) If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? I love to travel and my dream is to go to every country in the world at least once. I love learning about other cultures and enjoying the fabulous food that every place has to offer. So far my favorite city has been Istanbul.

6.) What is one fun fact about you? I don’t have good balance, I don’t know how to swim well, and I’ve always been afraid of heights. In the recent years I decided that I needed to try new things and test my fears. This summer I had fun learning how to ride a bike, paddle boarding, kayaking, and I even went on a Segway tour. It may seem like nothing but it really took a lot out me to try those activities and I was very proud of myself when I was done with each.


Meet Us Monday- Meet Carol Rodriguez Unit Coordinator/Nursing Assistant

Posted On: 12/18/2014

Meet Us Monday- Meet Carol Rodriguez Unit Coordinator/Nursing Assistant1.) What is your position and role at Gillette? I am a health Unit Coordinator / Nursing Assistant on the Orthopedic Surgical Unit at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare. I have worked here at Gillette for 19 years.

2.) Do you have a favorite Gillette story or memory? I have so many stories and wonderful memories from Gillette, that I could probably write a book. I tell the patients that are getting older and transitioning that soon they will be pushing me out in the wheelchair, my wig will be falling off, my lipstick will be smeared and my stockings sagging at my ankles! They love it and usually laugh.

3.) What are some of your hobbies outside of work? I love to SHOP!

4.) Do you have any children or pets? I have 2 sons, and a daughter.

5.) If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? If I could travel, I would love to go back to Mexico. Both of my grandparents were from Mexico so I have a lot of cousins there.

6.) What is one fun fact about you? I became a Grandma this year!

 


Meet Us Monday- Meet Alison Smith, Registered Nurse

Posted On: 12/08/2014

1. What is your position and role at Gillette? I started in February of 2014 as a nurse on the neurosciences unit at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare.

2. Do you have a favorite Gillette story or memory? I have truly loved getting to know my coworkers and so many kids here at Gillette. One memorable story is when I was taking care of a three-year-old boy and he was throwing a fit about taking his meds in the morning. He loved Spiderman so I told him, "Spiderman has to take his medicine too. I'm going to go give him his medicine after you take yours." He took his meds right after that and the rest of the day was asking "Is it time for my Spiderman medicine yet?"

3. What are some of your hobbies outside of work? My hobbies are running, biking, trying new recipes, listening to country music, trying unique coffee shops (even though I have yet to learn to like straight-up coffee) and doing water sports any chance I get! Something new I've tried that I hope turns into a hobby is painting/refinishing furniture.

4. Do you have any children or pets? Nope! The family dog Zoe is still at my parents’ house.

5. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? Where wouldn't I go is probably an easier question. But on the top of my list is Greece and going back to Africa. If I could live anywhere, it would probably be London.

6. What is one fun fact about you? My claim to fame is that I helped with a house for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. I got within a foot of Ty Pennington and worked right alongside his crew.


Meet Us Monday- Meet Rebecca Jones, Outpatient Occupational Therapist

Posted On: 12/01/2014

1. What is your position and role at Gillette?  I’m an outpatient Occupational Therapist at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare’s Maple Grove clinic location.

2. Do you have a favorite Gillette story or memory?  This is a really hard question because I can truly say that I drive home just about every day thinking how much I love my job.  I love wearing my I Heart Gillette shirt out in the community and having strangers come up to me with their own Gillette stories.  Probably what I love the most is the CurePity concept and watching families discover all the things their child with a disability is really able to do with use of modifications or adapted techniques.

3. What are some of your hobbies outside of work?  I don’t know if kids are considered hobbies but that is where most of my time outside work is lovingly spent- libraries, parks, pools, etc.  If I had some free time for myself I would probably fill it with organizing or scrapbooking.

4. Do you have any children or pets?  I have three girls; Alexia:  five-years-old, Amelia: three-years-old and Cora: 15 months.  I have two crazy labs that just won’t let age slow them down; Sydney who’s eight-years-old and Haley, seven- years-old.

5. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?  I lived in Australia for six months so I would LOVE to go back and visit with my friends there; however, it is a goal of my husband and mine to get to Europe someday. 

6. What is one fun fact about you?  I used to be Ms. Congeniality for my hometown of Rockford, Minnesota.  I got to travel to all the local towns and be in parades.  It was a really fun way to spend one of my last summers with my mom and friends before I became a “grown up”.


Meet Us Monday- Meet Michelle Hall CPO/Resident Coordinator

Posted On: 11/24/2014

1. What is your position and role at Gillette? I work as a prosthetist-orthotist in the Assistive Technology department at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare and I serve as the prosthetics residency director.

2. Do you have a favorite Gillette story or memory? This is tough as there are so many. A recent memory was the opportunity that my patient, a 7-year old boy with a below-knee prosthesis, and I had to meet Rep. Erik Paulsen twice, first in Washington D.C. and then a month or two later at the Maple Grove Clinic. I was able to provide him a tour of our clinic and it wasn’t until he saw our ATD lab that it struck him that we, myself included, actually make the orthoses and prostheses. I hope that it will help him to influence federal policy for the benefit of our patients. The other thought that comes to mind is seeing one of my patients, a very challenging above-knee prosthetics case, walk on a check socket for the first time. This was something that I was uncertain as to whether or not we would ever achieve, but had promised I would try as many times as it took to get him walking. Thankfully, we got there and he is still doing well.

3. What are some of your hobbies outside of work? My professional hobbies include volunteerism for the American Academy of Prosthetists & Orthotists, serving my sixth year on their Board of Directors as the immediate past-president for the organization, as well as volunteering on committees for the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthics (ABC) and the National Commission for Orthotic Prosthetic Education (NCOPE). Outside of Orthotics and Prosthetics, I am an avid runner, having completed nine marathons and several shorter races, and I am a triathlete. I also love to cook and garden.

4. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? I would love to travel again in Latin America. I had had the opportunity to lecture in each Argentina and Chile; I loved meeting clinicians there, learning about their lives outside of Orthotics and Prosthetics and speaking their language. It would be great to have a couple of months to travel.

5. What is one fun fact about you? My husband built a two-seater single-engine airplane which we fly around the country. We’ve had some fun adventures together in it!


Meet Us Monday- Meet Suzanne Le, Registered Nurse

Posted On: 11/17/2014

1. What is your position and role at Gillette? I am a Registered Nurse on the Orthopedic/ Surgical unit at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare
2. Do you have a favorite Gillette story or memory? Some of my most memorable moments at Gillette are ones when I know I have made a difference in  my patient's care.  Whether that be holding their hand before they go down to surgery, teaching a three-year-old how to swallow pills for the first time, finding comfort measures to relieve pain or watching our patients walk on their own after spinal surgery and having them say "aren't you proud?!" All of those moments remind me why I love being a nurse.
3. What are some of your hobbies outside of work? I love being outdoors and exploring the natural beauty that surrounds us every day.  In the summer I enjoy running and hiking, and in the winter I like to snowboard.  I always enjoy time with my friends and family as well.
4. Do you have any children or pets? No children, no pets.
5. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? I would go to Bolivia to see the Salar de Uyuni!
6. What is one fun fact about you? I'm half Vietnamese.


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