Long-term employees reflect on life at BWFH over the years
Jean Staunton, RT R M QM
Jeanne Staunton, RT R M QM, was born at BWFH. In 1972, she began her career here as an x-ray student. "When I was a student we used to hand develop the X-rays," she says. Over the years, technology has changed greatly―from film screen to Xerox, back to film screen, to digital and now to 3D. She says, "There’s been big changes." But it’s not just technology that’s changed. Staunton herself has grown and developed in her career. She’s held various roles, working per diem when her children were growing up. She’s now the Breast Imaging Manager. "It’s really nice to work here. The people here are really friendly. Everybody’s patient centered. You can walk down the hallway and say hello to 15 people before you get to your destination," she says. It’s that combination of work/life balance and career fulfillment that’s kept her here for more than 40 years.
In 1970, Maryalice Kenney was a student. Her mother, who worked at BWFH, encouraged her and her siblings to work here too. "There was a joke about the Faulkner Family. Families worked at Faulkner Hospital," says Kenney. Kenney started out working nights in the billing office so she could focus on school work during the day. Since then she has been an accountant, then went into reimbursement briefly, then became a supervisor in accounting and then went back to reimbursement. Her sister went into IS. The fact that the family lived in the neighborhood was a great benefit. In fact, she says, "My sister was able to, during the Blizzard of ’78, come over and do the payroll." Today, regardless of all the changes the hospital has undergone, she finds herself enjoying the work and the people with whom she works. "We cooperate with each other because we don’t have a huge staff and the only way you’re going to get things done is to rely on each other," she says.