Some Shining Comments
"I want this building to be clean for those babies."
Carolyn Parker begins every day same way, thinking about the children who will someday be taken care of at the new Children's Hospital of Illinois and OSF Saint Francis Medical Center.
Carolyn, a Peoria native, is a laborer for MA Mortenson. Her job is a difficult one, cleaning up construction debris inside the building, dusting, mopping and cleaning the building. "I'm constantly cleaning – I want this building to be clean for those babies," says Carolyn.
"Every time I walk through the building I can't believe it's a hospital. It's beautiful, the colors, the floors. I just know that all the effort put into this project will make a difference for patients."
Nicole Wooden, RTR
"I can't wait to share this new building with our patients."
Nicole Wooden, RTR loves her job. "I've worked for OSF Saint Francis for five years and before that I worked for OSF St. Joseph in Bloomington. I love helping our patients and can't wait to see all the new features the new building will offer them."
Nicole's job takes her to all areas of the hospital from outpatient, to inpatient and the Emergency Department. Whenever an x-ray is needed, Nicole or one of her co-workers is often called upon to meet the need.
While it may be great for Nicole to visit all the different areas of the hospital, it's not always convenient for our patients. "I'm excited for our outpatient testing to all be in one location. This will make things so much easier for our patients who come in for their pre-op exams. They'll just need to visit one location instead of the multiple locations," she says.
"It doesn't look or feel like any hospital I've ever been in."
With a construction project as large as this one, there's bound to be a mess to clean up. John Snyder, a Labor Foreman with M.A. Mortenson, lives outside Eureka, Ill and has worked on the new Children's Hospital of Illinois and OSF Saint Francis Medical Center for nearly two years. John's job is to supervise a team of laborers who work to clean the construction debris from both inside and outside the building.
"This is a special project for us," says John. "Most of us have never worked on a children's hospital before. We've put a lot of labor and a lot of love into this building."
"It doesn't look like any hospital I've ever been in and I can't wait to take my family on the tour."
Stacy Walters, RT
"This new building will be a breath of fresh air."
Chances are if you're inside the new Children's Hospital of Illinois and OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, you'll see Stacy Walters, RT or one of her co-workers from the Respiratory Therapy department.
"We work throughout the hospital – old and new," says Stacy. "Anywhere a patient needs us we go." Their job is to help patients using a ventilator to breathe and ultimately help patients' breath independently.
Stacy's been part of the OSF and Children's Hospital Family for more than five years and her excitement for her job and the patients she helps is obvious. "This new building will be a breath of fresh air. It has so many features that will benefit our patients and make their stay here better"
Becky Ala, MS, MSW - DART Psychotherapist
"There's more to taking care of a patient than treating a medical condition."
Becky's worked as a DART psychotherapist in the Emergency Department (ED) at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center for almost a year. Her role is to help assess the mental and emotional needs of patients who come to the hospital in emotional crisis.
"There's more to taking care of a patient than treating the medical condition," says Becky.
She's especially excited about the new ED. "It's going to be amazing for our doctors, nurses and staff but mostly for our patients. In the short time I've worked here, I've come to see how much our entire team not only takes care of our patients but really cares about our patients – I really think the new ED will help take that care to a whole new level."
J.R. England, Pipco
"We built it as if we were building it in our own back yard – because it is."
For two years J.R. England has spent his days inside the new Children's Hospital of Illinois and OSF Saint Francis installing fire sprinkler systems throughout the building. There are multiple complex systems that involve every area of the hospital – designed to protect patients and the structure.
While not the first hospital JR's ever worked on, it certainly is the one with the most meaning. "Eleven years ago our twins were born here. My son was born with Cerebral Palsy and spent three weeks at Children's Hospital. If not for the doctors, nurses and staff here, he might not be alive today. I carry this thought with me everyday when I come to work. We built his building as if it were in our own back yard – because it is."
Today, his son is an 11-year old who with the help from the MA Mortenson engineering team working on the building, just earned his Cub Scouts engineering badge.
"I hope my new grandsons never need it, but if they do – I helped build them the very best."
Richard Knepp is one of more than 100 electricians who worked on the new Children's Hospital of Illinois and OSF Saint Francis Medical Center. Electricians, like Richard, have literally touched every area of the new building installing lighting and receptacles.
"It's been a challenge," says Richard, who has worked on the project for Oberlander Electric for more than two years. "The hospital has a lot of different systems needed to power different areas and equipment – this made it a challenging project. We've literally run miles and miles of electrical wire."
So has it all been worth it? "Absolutely," says Richard. "You can't work on a project like this and not be awed by the impact it will have on our community." As he thinks about the opening of the new Children's Hospital of Illinois and OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, he says "I hope my new grandsons never need it, but if they do – I helped build them the very best."