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The stories of Nemours associates going about the mission of helping kids grow up healthy.

The stories of Nemours associates going about the mission of helping kids grow up healthy.


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The stories of Nemours associates going about the mission of helping kids grow up healthy.




Life Happens

Dr. Amber Hoffman wears many hats at the Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando: Program Director for the Pediatric Residency Program, Director of the Medically Complex Coordination Clinic, and member of the hospital medical division. She has long possessed an inquisitiveness that, in turn, dgave rise to her youthful desire to go into medicine - a dream nearly derailed when, as she puts it, “life happened.” Carol Vassar, producer


Episode 61: Lean on Me

Meet Debra Morales, Administrative Coordinator for Perioperative Services at the A.I. Dupont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, and a 15-year Nemours associate. She has been referred to by at least one fellow associate as the person who makes the Wilmington O.R. the great place to work that it is. For that, we can thank Debra's late mom, Christine, who to this day has a significant influence on Debra’s life - including her career choices. Also, meet Dr. Steven Selbst, who has...


Episode 60: Meet Dr. Kara Odom-Walker

We're taking some time to get to know Nemours’ new Chief Population Health Officer, Dr. Kara Odom-Walker. Dr. Odom Walker came on board with Nemours in September after 2-and-a-half years as the top public health official in the State of Delaware, serving as Secretary of the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services. Delaware is also the state where she was born and raised, and where she discovered her love of the STEM-related fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)....


The Detectives

Dr. Lauren Averill, Chair of medical imaging at the A.I. Dupont Hospital for Children in Wilmington shares the family ties and puzzle-solving skills that led her to life as a radiologist. We’ll also hear from Cheri Berryhill about the team of behavioral health clinicians and support staff she works with at the Nemours Children’s Speciality Care Clinic at Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville, and learn about the office just behind the coffee stand near the outpatient entrance of the AI...


Hearts and Hurricanes in Pensacola

Pediatric cardiologist Dr. Mary Mehta is the chief medical officer of the Nemours Children’s Specialty Clinic based in Pensacola, Florida. It's a practice where more than 100 associates - from clinicians to researchers to support staff - provide specialized pediatric care throughout Northwest Florida and parts of Southern Alabama - despite hurricanes (and being in a completely different time zone from their fellow Nemours associates) Carol Vassar, producer


Episode 57: That Which Inspires

Four Nemours associates share what inspires them in their daily work, including wisdom of business and life learned from parents, and patient stories that clinicians will never forget. Featuring Nemours associates: Dr. Lauren Averill, Chair of Medical Imaging at the A.I. Dupont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE Cindy Bo, Operational Vice President and Chief Strategy & Business Development Officer, Nemours Children's Health System Becky Phillips, Manager, Partnership Development...


Episode 56: Outrunning Cancer

In 2010, 15-year-old Manny Gonzales was a varsity high school runner when he received a stunning diagnosis: cancer. Ten rounds of chemotherapy, thirteen lumbar punctures and the support of the associates of the A.I. Dupont Hospital for Children in Wilmington helped him get back on track. Today, he is Dr. Manuel Gonzales, a first-year resident at the very same hospital where his life was saved. Carol Vassar, producer


Radio Days

Radio done right can mobilize a community to do good - and that is exactly what is happening this week in the Delaware Valley. It's the annual fundraising effort known as the “Help Our Kids” radiothon, an all hands on deck broadcast extravaganza held, in years past, in the atrium of the A. I. Dupont hospital for Children in Wilmington, and on the airwaves of six Delaware Valley radio stations. Nemours associate Becky Phillips fills us in on the move from an in-person event to one that is now...



Today's episode highlights the work of the Simulation Labs at both the A.I. Dupont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, and the Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando, part of the Nemours Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE). Featured Associates: Heat


Philosophy of Philanthropy

Join EMT, Paramedic, and Simulation Operation Specialist Melisa Colon, who talks about about why, after the birth of her son, she wanted to work for Nemours. We’ll also hear from James Digan, Nemours' Senior Vice President and Chief Philanthropy Officer, about his passion for leveraging philanthropy and development to level the playing field anyone seeking healthcare. Carol Vassar, producer


Episode 52: Wellness for All

Meet pediatric rheumatologist Dr. Maureen Leffler, Nemours first-ever enterprise-wide Chief Wellness Officer. Long before she arrived at the A.I. Dupont Hospital for Children as a pediatrics intern in 2004 she had a sense that healthcare could be delivered in a better, more holistic manner - a vestige of her childhood where she watched her family struggle as her mother battled a chronic disease. Featured Associate: Maureen Leffler, DO, A.I. Dupont Hospital for Children, Wilmington,...


Episiode 51: Oodles of Compassion

Be Brave. Be Bold. Be Caring. Those are the words of Nemours Associate Crystal Renderos, who shares the story of her long-time desire to work with kids in a healthcare setting, and about the grave incident that solidified her resolve to follow her dream. We also speak with Executive Assistant Debra Griffin, whose relationship with Nemours is longer than her employment here - in fact, it goes back to the early 1970s, when she herself was a child. Featured Associates: Crystal Renderos,...


Episode 50: No Labels

Xiomara Picorelli-Hernandez's life story is one of determination and perseverance - and it begins with the birth of her first child when Xiomara was just 14 years old. We also get more in-depth with Nemours hematologist/oncologist Dr. Manisha Bansal, one of the driving forces behind last June’s White Coats for Black Lives at Nemours, as well as Shirley Porras, Office Supervisor, TLC primary care practice in Longwood, FL. Featured Associates: Xiomara Picarelli-Hernandez, Medical...


Episiode 49: We Will Survive

We’ll visit from a Nemours associate whose passion is health equity and inclusion, a busy practice manager in greater Orlando whose career is based on the word “team,” and a Chicago native who moved to Florida to enjoy its beaches and warmth after a life-threatening battle with cancer. Featured Associates: Nancy Figueroa, Medical Assistant, Nemours Primary Care, Orlando, FL Patricia Oceanic, Program Director for the Nemours Office of Health Equity and Inclusion, Wilmington, DE. Marc...


Episode 48: Kudos too!

The Nemours "Kudos" platform allows associates at every level to quickly recognize a colleague using a computer, iPad or smartphone. But have you ever wondered about the meaning of the word "kudos." This podcast answers that question, as we speak with associates additionally about the ease of using the platform, and the importance of employee engagement to our patients and families. Featured Associates: Terrence Banfield, Benefits Manager, Nemours Home Office, Jacksonville, FL Cindy Bo,...


Episode 47: MAGNET Success

Nemours associate Jennifer Wilkerson was a stay-at-home mother of three young children more than a decade ago when she stepped volunteered to help a close and dear family member achieve his dying wish. In doing so, she learned about herself - and her passion for serving others in a healthcare setting. Also, Senior Practice Manager Nancy Szeliga talks about the impressive, down-to-earth leadership style of Nemours CEO Dr. Larry Moss, and get the scoop about the MAGNET journey that nurses are...


Episode 46: Health Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism

We examine Nemours' past, present and future efforts toward health equity, inclusion, diversity and anti-racism in the healthcare setting, particularly in light of the emergence of the novel coronavirus, and death of George Floyd at the hands of a white police officers in Minneapolis. Featured Associates: Dr. Kirk Dabney, Director, Nemours Office of Health Equity and Inclusion, and Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon, A.I. Dupont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, DE Cindy Bo, Chief Strategy &...


Episode 45: White Coats for Black Lives: Opening the Conversation Against Racism

On June 5, 2020, associates across the Nemours enterprise knelt for 8:46 to raise awareness about disparities in medical care for minorities, and issues related to systemic racism in healthcare. The "White Coats for Black Lives" event followed by ten days the killing of George Floyd by a white police officer in Minneapolis, and proved to be a powerful first step for Nemours to actively work to end the spread of racism for the health and well-being of all. Featured Associates: Dr. Manisha...


Episiode 44: Prepare and Respond

How an orthopedic surgeon copes with failure, and how a practicing neonatologist found himself leading not only the Delaware Valley Region as CEO, but took on a key leadership role in the Nemours response to COVID-19. Featured Associates: Dr. Alfred Atanda, Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon, A.I. Dupont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, DE Dr. Jay Greenspan, Neonatologist and interim CEO, Nemours Delaware Valley Region, Wilmington, DE Carol Vassar, producer


Episode 43: Creativity Takes Courage

Meet the ultrasound specialist/artist/painter who Nemours CEO Dr. Larry Moss references as one of the many examples of discretionary effort put forth each day by Nemours associates - and about the health struggles she faced that have inspired this massive project. We'll also meet one of the Pensacola-based associates who brings Nemours care to the small towns of the Florida panhandle, as well as a certified child life specialist based at the Nemours Children's Hospital whose team epitomizes...