Local 5147 Update, May 22, 2024 - Health Professionals & Allied Employees

Local 5147 Update, May 22, 2024

New Multi-Faith Room:

Everyone is welcome to the newest addition to our hospital facilities, our Multi-Faith Room located on the first floor right in front of the elevator bank! First available for use May 6th with the Blessing of the Hands, the room is available for midday prayers, services, peaceful reflection, and more. Please feel free to visit and make use of the space for all of your spiritual needs. Be on the lookout for communications about specific services in your email boxes!

Take Your Child to Work Day:

Take Your Child to Work day at our hospital was an unforgettable experience for both kids and adults alike. One of the highlights for the young visitors was a tour of the radiology department, where they got a behind-the-scenes look at some of the most advanced medical technology in use today. Here’s a recap of what they saw, learned, and thought about their visit.

The first thing that caught the children’s attention upon entering the radiology department was the sheer amount of equipment and the number of people in the room. It was a bustling environment, with large machines humming and healthcare professionals moving with purpose. The children were both fascinated and a little overwhelmed by the technology on display. They had the chance to see the machines used for X-rays and MRI scans up close. To some, these machines seemed otherworldly, like something from a science fiction movie. Despite its intimidating appearance, the kids were intrigued and eager to learn more.

The radiology staff took the time to explain what happens during a scan. The kids learned how an MRI machine flips hydrogen atoms to create detailed images of the body’s internal structures. They also got to see CT scans and heard explanations about what the images depicted. One of the most surprising things the kids discovered was that some procedures involve injecting patients with radioactive material to help enhance the images. This revelation sparked a lot of curiosity and questions, which the staff answered patiently and clearly. The children met radiologic technologists and other healthcare professionals from various modalities within the department. They shared insights into their roles and described how the machines worked and what the resulting images revealed. The staff’s enthusiasm for their work was contagious, and many of the kids left with a new appreciation for the complex world of radiology.

Compared to other departments they visited, the children found radiology to be the most interesting. It had more employees and fewer patients in the immediate area, creating a unique dynamic. The combination of high-tech equipment and dedicated professionals made the environment feel both exciting and welcoming. The experience left a lasting impression on the young visitors. When asked if they would consider working in a hospital someday, many said “maybe.” For those who expressed an interest, the radiology department was the top choice. The mix of technology and the ability to see inside the human body seemed like a cool and rewarding career path. Overall, Take Your Child to Work Day in the radiology department was a hit. The kids left with new knowledge, great memories, and perhaps even a glimpse of their future careers.

HPAE local 5147 Executive Board