Kevin hasn’t been skiing for years. He has been a bit busy around here, what with delivering babies and all. He and his wife even had a child of their own not too long ago. (No, he was not the doctor in charge. Yes, he enjoyed the role of supportive husband.) When he was spending time on the mountains he enjoyed telemark skiing. The challenging telemark tradition combines alpine and nordic styles into athletic and artistic movement that participants describe as “the ultimate downhill feeling.” Telemark is less about charging the mountain, and more about appreciating it. How does Kevin experience the intersection of birthing with the freedom and flow of Telemark? By being present and responsive to the moment. “At the time of birth, the room is filled with love and awe,” Kevin shares. He goes on to describe a vibe of peace and innocence, like a fresh blanket of snow. Once a ski instructor at Alta, he needed to turn his back to the mountain in order to focus on medical school. Although we’re glad he’s in our Labor and Delivery Room, let’s hope he gets a ride in soon!
Kevin is an OB Hospitalist in St. Mark’s Women’s Pavilion
St. Mark’s Hospital Chaplain Saundra Shanti wanted to connect patients to their caregivers and employees to each other. That’s why she created the Healing Hands portrait series, featuring black and white photographs and stories of St. Mark’s employees at all levels.
“Our patients and families who go in and out know that this is a nurse, and this is a housekeeper, but they don’t know them as people,” Saundra said. “I wanted to humanize our healthcare community to one another and to our families and patients.”
Each photo is accompanied by a story; some biographical, others are anecdotes of experiences that led employees to become caregivers and healthcare professionals. Twelve portraits are currently displayed throughout the hospital, but a total of 36 photos will be rotated throughout the exhibit for the next two months.
By highlighting personal, inspiring and real stories about the staff who will be caring for patients during what can often be an emotional time, the exhibit builds a sense of community. Patients and families will be able to view caregivers as real people with real stories whom they can relate to and connect with, making the hospital experience more personal.
“When we humanize each other, we care more for one another,” Saundra said. “I wanted our employees to be recognized as valuable human beings apart from their professional titles. I wanted to cultivate interaction and respect across our departments and services.”