Below are thoughts shared by many 35-year honorees on their favorite memories, first jobs, how things have changed, and funny stories from their years of service.
Favorite memory: How staff in all different departments do whatever is necessary to come together and accomplish tasks that benefit the patients and their care. A few dollars for a patient lunch or parking, holding the patient's hand and reassuring them to get them thru a lengthy exam, and learning about so many interesting people that have passed through my department.
First job: Nuclear Medicine Technologist
What has changed: Technology. Everything was documented by hand on oodles and oodles and oodles of paper when I started in 1986 and how we "Boomers" have adapted to all changes. In nuclear medicine we used to do all our imaging using Polaroid film, the kind where you had to smear the picture with the goop to ensure the image didn't degrade over time.
Favorite memory: Choosing just one favorite memory of my career here at Upstate is difficult because I have so many. I have had the privilege of working with several great people who over the years I began referring to them as my work family. My favorite memory is when my husband, Glen got hired in 1996. Since then, every day we have enjoyed each other’s company as we ride to and from work together. We are fortunate enough to enjoy lunch together as well.
Another fond memory I have was working with my husband and our amazing Emergency Department family. Together, he and I had the privilege of assisting with organizing the annual Clambake. Over the years I have had so much fun buying gifts to raffle off, playing games and listing to music all while making wonderful memories with our family and work family.
First job: My first job at Upstate was housekeeping at the Downton campus. Eventually I was promoted to my current title, Hospital Patient Service Clerk 2.
What has changed: So much has changed through my time here. The obvious physical changes of the hospital are something that sticks out to me the most. There are several more hallways to travel down. The main entrance to the Upstate Hospital Campus, the East Towers including the Golisano Children’s Hospital, Parts of Weiskotten Hall and the Cancer Center are all new since I began working here. I have no problem racking up the miles and getting my daily steps in as I travel through these buildings.
Funny story: The one that I will never forget was when I worked for the Prenatal Center. I was put in charge of making scrub tops that represented our clinic. Our scrub top was a womb with triplets inside. I had to walk around while wearing this top.
I will share one last funny story that involved my husband and children visiting me on Valentine’s Day. At the time I was working on 8K/8P Peds Surgery. It was a quiet Saturday afternoon and seeing them was the highlight of my day. As if their visit was not enough, Archie McEvers NP for our Department of Surgery showed up with his quartet group. They began playing music as my family presented me with balloons and flowers. It was a sweet gesture. However, I had to laugh when I overheard one of our patient’s father saying to my charge nurse, Thank God my wife was not here! She would expect me to do this for her.
Ann S. Botash
Dean's Office, College Of Medicine
Favorite memory: The day the Child Abuse Referral and Evaluation Team moved into the new Child Advocacy Center. After many years of planning, fundraising, and work to create a new site, our team moved into the newly renovated building and were then able to provide a better approach to traumatized children.
First job: I was an intern in pediatrics!
What has changed: Technology! When I was a new attending, we used typewriters and carbon paper, Index Medicus, and paper charts! Our pagers were all voice pagers!
Favorite memory: Meeting so many different people from so many different backgrounds.
What has changed: Xray Fileroom, the Technology
Funny story: We had a softball team that played against other departments. And I was playing the outfield and I was backing up to catch the ball and fell into a pool of water. And we all laughed the rest of the evening.
Clinical Pathology-Core Lab
Favorite memory: Moving to the new lab on the 5th floor of the cancer center.
First job: working in the Chemistry/Microscopy lab at Upstate
What has changed: Alot of the testing has changed, new analyzers, tests changing from manual methods to instrumentation