“St. Mary’s is a place that our families and patients know that they will have the best care possible, they will be given all the support, services and anything else they need in order to help them with any obstacle that comes along their way,” says Kristy McGregor, a Lead Therapeutic Activities Assistant at St. Mary’s.
When Kristy came to St. Mary’s Hospital for Children for her job interview, she was taking a tour of the facility. While visiting the different hospital units, Kristy met a little boy with the biggest smile on his face and she realized that this was where she wanted to work. To Kristy, St. Mary’s is a big family; from the staff to the patients and their families, everyone knows each other and makes everyone feel welcomed.
One of Kristy’s most memorable experiences at St. Mary’s happened when she first started here. She was trying to motivate a patient to walk, but the patient could just not bring herself to do it. Kristy brainstormed with a physical therapist to solve the problem. Together, they realized that the patient very much enjoyed being in the hospital’s recreation room and that maybe a being in a familiar place would help the patient. Their plan worked: the more comfortable setting helped the patient have the courage to walk, a moment that was most rewarding for Kristy.