Parents are often proud of their kids. Sometimes, however, it is the other way around. That was the case for Shaun when he graduated with a degree in Environmental Science. Sitting among the honors students, decked out in cap and gown, Shaun knew his son was in the crowd. Knowing that his boy was watching as Shaun received his diploma gave him an inner sense of satisfaction. Shaun had been working in maintenance when he was offered the lead position in a large building downtown. It seemed like the next sensible step. Sensible isn’t always right. In this case, Shaun decided that the job would not be life-giving to him, so he turned in his work badge for a student ID. Students of environmental science might integrate chemistry, biology and geology. They engage their creativity to imagine ways of solving environmental problems. Most recently, Shaun attended the Parliament on World Religion held in Salt Lake City, where one of the key themes was caring for our planet. Whatever is next, Shaun is sure to do his son proud!
Shaun is a Maintenance Engineer for Plant Operations at St. Mark’s
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.”