The doctors, nurses and other clinical staff at the hospital are very visible in healing our patients. But there are many others on our Team who are “behind the scenes” in helping people get better and in providing the best possible care experience.
Last week I spent a few hours working alongside three of those employees – grounds supervisor George Dillon and his groundskeepers Bob Marshall and Eduardo Rivera (a third member of George’s staff, Dave Mier, was off). These guys do an amazing job of maintaining our campus that covers 114 acres.
If you come to a beautiful environment it gives you a real sense of peace, and this is very important for the emotional and physical healing process. We are very grateful for the hard work and dedication of our grounds crew. They aren’t medical experts, but people get a good feeling coming on campus just from seeing how clean and orderly it looks. When I first came to the GBMC campus when interviewing for this job, I dropped my jaw at how beautiful the campus was. We certainly didn’t have any hospital campus like it in Massachusetts.
With the suit and tie replaced by blue jeans, work boots and a GBMC Grounds Crew shirt and cap, it was off to see how I could help the guys continue readying the campus for spring. Working outside the main lobby entrance, we planted new pansies in planters, replaced liriope plants and planted rose bushes by the Rose Park sign.
It’s a lot of work for a four-man crew and we are glad they do such a good job.
Has the beauty of GBMC’s grounds been able to offer you comfort and solace in a time of need?
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