By Sarah Bello
The Surgical Services team worked together and roped in family members to build their first float for the Regatta’s Grand Land Parade. The result is a stunningly designed boat float that is sure to be a crowd-pleaser in the parade.
Since caregiver engagement and appreciation events are a Planetree initiative for 2018, Surgical Services has participated in different events every quarter this year. For third quarter, Molly May, Manager of Surgical Services, came up with the idea to build, decorate and participate with a float in the parade.
Phil Ziebert, husband of Jaizie Ziebert, Director of Surgical Services, designed and built the 8’ x 20’ float based off a quick drawing by Jaizie. It took around two weeks for him to build. In late July, the Surgical Services team got together to paint and decorate it.
“At one point, we had 14 caregivers from PAT, Surgery and Anesthesia, and their families, painting, nailing, stapling and sawing,” Jaizie says. “It was a great, concerted effort with lots of voting about what should go where.”
During the parade, the caregivers will wear matching bandannas and hope to impart a sense of fun and camaraderie, Jaizie says.
“Molly and I care a great deal about the morale and work experience of our caregivers and hope this gives them an idea of how important they are to us and how much we appreciate what they do every day,” Jaizie says. “We look forward to sharing the float with other departments over the next several years so they can participate in the fun within their departments and throughout CMH.”
Jaizie says the work on the float was truly a team effort, from CEO Erik Thorsen providing a budget for the float to be built, to the work Phil did in building it, to Molly’s father, Duffy, providing the space to store it, to the caregivers who spent time off decorating it. She looks forward to seeing happy faces as the team rides the waves of the Regatta Parade.
Grand Land Parade:
12 p.m., Saturday, August 11
The Surgical Services team worked hard on their float for the Astoria Regatta’s Grand Land Parade on August 11. See the finished product during the parade, starting in downtown Astoria at noon.
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