Gilchrist Kids turns two

Regina Bodnar, Director of Clinical Services

Happy 2nd birthday Gilchrist Kids!  It is hard to believe that it has been two years since we launched our care for kids and those that love them. And like any other two-year old ‘our toddlerhood’ has been a time  filled with learning lots of new things, playing nicely with others and understanding the importance of sharing .

 The fundamentals of our day-to-day work, scheduling appointments, managing travel, coordinating supplies and medications, documenting our care, researching unusual diagnoses and how they behave, once considered the challenges of our infancy have achieved the comfort of a routine. However, our experiences continue to teach us volumes so that we continue to improve as individuals and, more importantly as a team. 

We’ve learned the importance of clarity in communication with our kids and their families. Knowing what is important to them makes our jobs so much easier. 

We’ve learned that our kids and their families have lived with and managed their diseases for what is often years before we have had the privilege to know them. Being open to what they can teach us is the sensible and respectful thing to do.

(l to r): Gilchrist Kids Social Worker, Briana Shirey, and Manager, Brenda Blunt bring a special present – Transformer pajamas – to one young patient.

We’ve learned that pediatric providers who meet our kids earlier along the care continuum continue to be connected with our kids and engaged in their care. Genuinely collaborating with them is a win-win-win with our kids getting the best we all have to offer.

We’ve learned that  Baltimore and the surrounding region has an abundance of skilled professionals  committed to excellence in the care of children and that being flexible and innovative will help us all do the right thing for the patient.

We’ve learned that concurrent care for kids is the right thing to do but that there is still much to be learned from a care coordination and reimbursement perspective. It also DOES NOT negate the importance of establishing realistic expectations regarding prognosis and choices in care.

Betsy Schindler, Gilchrist Social Worker (far right), visits with one of our Gilchrist Kids families.

We’ve learned

that at times this work is exceptionally sad and at others it is filled with joy. At all times it helps us keep the challenges of our day-to-day lives in perspective.

We’ve learned that every now and again sitting on the floor and blowing bubbles with a 2-year-old makes everyone feel better.

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