Celebrating Five Years of Service to Children

Pediatric Unit BirthdayHave you ever had a “bad day” at work? It seems that everybody – at some point in their career – experiences a day when the workload seems overwhelming or the tasks seem unsurmountable. Imagine you are having one of these days. You feel frustrated and stressed.

Now imagine that you get up from your desk, walk into the hall and see a teenager taking his first steps following a traumatic accident. Imagine you hear a child speak for the first time following a brain injury and months of not being able to communicate with family and friends. This is my reality.

I am fortunate to serve as the clinical manager of the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital Pediatric Unit. I have been at the unit since the doors opened in 2009. In that time, almost 500 babies, kids and teens have come to the unit following injuries or with complex illnesses or congenital conditions.

I have had the privilege of watching hundreds of children grow and heal. I have come to know their family members – many of whom also were in need of strength and healing. It has been an honor to be a part of so many lives – a witness to so many success stories.

The pediatric unit and the incredible team of professionals working here are truly a blessing. I am fortunate to be surrounded by a caring, committed and dedicated team who is energized by the miracles that happen before our eyes. To each team member who helps to make possibilities endless for the children in our care, thank you.

The Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky once wrote, “The soul is healed by being with children.” He was right. As caregivers, we improve the lives of our patients, but they enrich our lives as well. There is a wealth of empathy, kindness and generosity in the soul of each child. They make each and every day “a good day.” They make our work meaningful and fill our days with love and laughter.

To the children and families who have passed through our doors and into our hearts – thank you! We wish you continued health and happiness.

If you are a past patient, visit our Facebook page to update us on your progress.* Feel free to post written messages, photos or videos. We cannot wait to see how much you’ve grown! Twitter users use #GSRNBirthday

To learn more about Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital Pediatric Unit, call 1-888-44-REHAB (73422) or contact us today!

*Privacy disclaimer: Good Shepherd's Facebook and Twitter pages are public spaces. By posting messages, photos and/or video, you waive your right to privacy.

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