June 19, 2019

House Supervisors

June 12, 2019 — My next visit was with a dynamic group of women who have taken on one of the more challenging roles at Rady Children’s: house supervisor.  Read More...

June 17, 2019

Medical Behavioral Unit

June 10, 2019 — The next stop on my journey was the Medical Behavioral Unit, a 14-bed inpatient medical stabilization unit in the Acute Care Pavilion for children, adolescents and young adults with eating and feeding disorders.  Read More...

June 17, 2019

Palomar NICU

June 10, 2019 — I hit the road for this visit, driving up to Escondido to meet with the neonatal intensive care unit team at Palomar Medical Center.  Read More...

June 3, 2019

Helen Bernardy Center

May 17, 2019 — You might think a facility that cares for kids with multiple medical, physical and developmental disabilities would be a depressing place. But at the Helen Bernardy Center for Medically Fragile Children, nothing could be further from the truth! With activities such as dance parties, karaoke, spa nights and music time, the Bernardy Center is a vibrant, engaging environment.  Read More...

June 3, 2019

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

May 16, 2019 — Fresh off my visit with the CHET team, I accompanied Dana Patrick, director of critical care and emergency transport, on an elevator ride to the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). On the way, Dana told me about a girl who had suffered traumatic injuries in an ATV accident in the desert and had just been admitted to the unit.  Read More...

May 21, 2019

CHET Team

May 16, 2019 — Wet weather couldn’t stop my visit with the Children’s Hospital Emergency Transport (CHET) team. After all, this team is accustomed to doing their job rain or shine!  Read More...

May 17, 2019

Facilities Planning and Development

May 15, 2019 — Tucked away in a modern space on the first floor of 7920 Frost Street, the Facilities Planning and Development team is a small but mighty group that oversees project planning and management for 1.5 million square feet of property across the main campus and satellite locations.  Read More...

May 15, 2019

Medical Practice Foundation Nurses Luncheon

May 8, 2019 — There’s always a reason to celebrate the more than 1,800 nurses within our Rady Children’s family, and Nurses Week serves as an additional opportunity to recognize these extraordinary health care professionals. So, today’s visit with some of our Rady Children’s Specialists of San Diego nurses had excellent timing.  Read More...

May 15, 2019

Compliance

May 7, 2019 —Even with just nine members, our Compliance team is responsible for helping support our more than 5,000-person workforce in following laws and regulations and, most important, protecting our patients’ privacy. This afternoon, I had the pleasure of spending some time with this small-but-mighty group.  Read More...

May 13, 2019

Clinical Nutrition

May 7, 2019 — When I walked up to the Clinical Nutrition team’s office door today, I was greeted with a challenge.  Read More...

May 13, 2019

Peckham Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders Outpatient Unit

May 6, 2019 — I had an uplifting visit with about 25 members of the Peckham Center for Cancer &  Blood Disorders Outpatient Unit team this afternoon. Joined by special guest and Rady Children’s Board of Trustees Chair Michael Peckham, I first met up with Outpatient Services Manager Teresa Cassidy and Director Stacey Brown for a tour. While walking the halls, I had the opportunity to say “hello” to some of the Peckham Center’s nurses and patient access representatives, as well as get a peek at the state-of-the-art procedure room.  Read More...

April 19, 2019

Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU)

April 12, 2019 — Today I had the pleasure of making two visits with members of the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) team during their skills fair, which is held every year in the spring. This is when staff have the opportunity to test their knowledge and practice life-saving skills such as CPR, suctioning and reviving a patient during a mock code.  Read More...

April 19, 2019

Surgical Registration and Inpatient Admitting

April 5, 2019 — The two talented teams I visited today, Surgical Registration and Inpatient Admitting, have one important thing in common: they help parents navigate through the stressors surrounding their child’s Hospital admission or surgery.  Read More...

April 12, 2019

Financial Counseling

April 5, 2019 — Seeing your child sick or injured is a stressful experience, and, for many families, a big part of their anxiety is figuring out how to pay for their child’s care.  At Rady Children’s, that’s where the Financial Counseling team comes in.  Read More...

April 3, 2019

Respiratory Care

March 26 and 27, 2019 — During these two visits, I caught up with respiratory therapists (RTs) from our Respiratory Care team during skills fairs at the EOB. At these events, RTs participate in interactive activities, find out about the latest research and equipment, and test their knowledge.  Read More...

March 28, 2019

Food Services

March 21, 2019 – Today I had the pleasure visiting Food Services during both the day and night shifts. This talented team provides delicious food options around the clock for patients, parents and staff in locations across our main campus.  Read More...

March 27, 2019

Children's Care Connection (C3)

March 19, 2019 – What a fun visit with the Children’s Care Connection (C3) team today! This group works with children from newborns to those about to start kindergarten to enhance development and behavior and improve school readiness.  Read More...

March 26, 2019

Developmental Services Outcomes and Analysts

March 19, 2019 – My next visit was a behind-the-scenes tour of the Outcomes and Analysts team, one of 14 Developmental Services departments. As they explained it, this team is responsible for “analyzing the past and shaping the future.”  Read More...

March 21, 2019

Marketing & Communications and Business Development

March 19, 2019 – The next stop on my itinerary was at Rady Children’s Health Services (Plaza), where the Marketing & Communications and Business Development teams are located. These teams work closely together, so they decided to split my visit into two action-packed half-hour segments.  Read More...

March 21, 2019

Alexa's PLAYC and the Autism Discovery Institute

March 14, 2019 – Today I had the pleasure of visiting Alexa’s Playful Learning Academy for Young Children (PLAYC) and the Autism Discovery Institute (ADI), located just across the parking lot from the Rady Children’s Health Services (Plaza) building. My guides Shelley Turner, Andrea Wilson and Themba Carr joined me on this journey, and little did I know we would be time-traveling!  Read More...

March 18, 2019

Supply Chain Management

March 14, 2019 –  My next visit took me to the country of “Bokstoka” – a fascinating land more commonly known as Supply Chain Management. “Bokstoka” is a playful nod to “box stockers.” The 42 inhabitants have a big job providing direct service to every single department and location throughout the entire organization. My host Dave Graul greeted me for this whirlwind tour that included excursions by golf cart and box truck!  Read More...

February 19, 2019

Information Services

Feb. 28, 2019 — My very first stop took me to Rady Children’s Business Center (Copley for short), where I had the opportunity to meet with the Information Services teams and learn about the vital role they serve in our organization.  Read More...