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MAKING DREAMS COME TRUE WITH THE CCMC PIT CREW
Clay County Medical Center employees had a great time preparing for the Piotique Parade on September 25, 2010. When discussing what to do for a float, the theme, “Making Dreams Come True” seemed a perfect fit for the O.B. Department where beautiful babies indeed, make dreams come true.
Once the initial outline was made, ideas just poured in. Comparisons were made between a mechanic’s duties with those of a physician. Someone suggested the IV pole should have oil and gas lines for the “mother”. Tools were needed to cut the main line, check the pressure and take care of the chassis. Rather than making traditional signs announcing the birth of a boy or girl, the sign would proudly proclaim, “It’s a Bug.” People who would walk beside the float were part of the pit crew. Besides, “Pit Crew” had double meaning for moms who take “Pitocin” during delivery as well as helping us come up with a rhyme for the parade narrative read as the float passed in front of the judges.
Jim Seley rigged the float with a microphone and speakers. He and Lisa Seley found the theme song from the old Laverne and Shirley show. The lyrics were perfect!
References to the show gave us ideas for names - the mother instantly became Shirley, Squiggy was the father and we honored Laverne by naming the baby after her.
Tyce Young was responsible for the art work on the back of the float. On the inside, he painted a door, nightstand and oxygen and suction set up for our delivery room. On the outside, he painted a hospital door complete with a room number. Lori Beikman designed the signs for our little family of VW’s as well as the stickers for the back of our pit crew members. The delivery room staff and walkers wore caps and scrubs to get into the combined theme of mechanic/delivery room employee. Dr. Thompson got into the act by bringing mechanic gloves and wearing jumper cables around her neck.
Riding on the float were, Dr. Susan Thompson, Special Delivery, LLC and Dr. Libby Koerner, Clay Center Family Physicians. Sara Beikman, R.N., OB Coordinator and Sharon Wachsnicht, Patient Accounts for the hospital, assisted with the delivery. Ron Bender, CEO pulled the float with his Case tractor sporting a sign that read, “O.B. Case”. Tyce drove the “Worried Dad” VW. He was accompanied by Matt Carlson who held up, “It’s a Bug” signs. Great Grandpa was next in line. The rest of the Pit Crew consisted of Lori Beikman, Marketing who was the photographer and videographer; Matt’s children, Martha, Maggie, Noah, Joseph and Robert, Diana Herrs (daughter of Aimee Herrs, Lab department), Kendra Schurle, Director of Hospice and Marcia Newell, Director of Marketing.
The quotes below are excerpts from Dr. Thompson’s narrative as she and Dr. Koerner delivered the baby multiple times during the parade route!
Laverne’s photo is displayed with the rest of the babies on the bulletin board outside the Family Birthing Center. Laverne's Baby Photo
Mother and baby are doing fine and the CCMC Pit Crew is pleased with a department that runs like a well-oiled machine.
Video from Piotique Parade: Hear Dr. Thompson’s encouragement during delivery.
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