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September 27, 2010

mom bugClay 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.

Pre-Delivery Preparations:
While brainstorming how to best depict our dream, Tyce Young, Director of Nursing, shared that he had a couple of Volkswagens and a VW pedal car.  That provided both parents and a child!  To make the story better, Tyce’s father, Wayne was willing to drive his ¾ scale, 1901 Oldsmobile-the perfect great grandfather! The call was issued for volunteers and the work began.  Ron Bender, CEO started construction on the sides for the float and working to secure the VW to the trailer provided by Cindy and Brady Rush.

Once the initial outline was made, ideas just poured in.  mom bugComparisons 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.

"Making Dreams Come True with The CCMC Pit Crew! 
For Special Deliveries
Pull into our Full Service Station
Our fully trained Service Technicians are able to monitor with state of the art equipment
We can assist you with your SPARE TIRE or Leaky Valve Cover Gasket
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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! 

Give us any chance, we'll take it.
Give us any rule, we'll break it.
We're gonna make our dreams come true.
Doin' it our way.

Nothin's gonna turn us back now,
Straight ahead and on the track now.
We're gonna make our dreams come true,
Doin' it our way.

There is nothing we won't try,
Never heard the word impossible.
This time there's no stopping us.
We're gonna do it.

On your mark, get set, and go now,
Got a dream and we just know now,
We're gonna make our dream come true.
And we'll do it our way, yes our way.
Make all our dreams come true,
And do it our way, yes our way           

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!

“Doctor, I think she is ready!
Okay, nurse, we need our gloves.
I think she almost complete here. I see a little red paint.
That’s okay Shirley you’re almost ready!
Give it a push. She’s coming. Give it a push.
Ahh look at that! You’ve got a red bug. She looks great!
Suction. Suction. I think she got a little moisture in the carburetor.
She is doing good. Mom she looks great!
She got all four tires and four perfect little hubcaps.
Look at this red paint. I don’t think she got this from her dad -
he doesn’t have much paint left at all.
She must have got that red paint from her great-grandfather.”


Laverne’s photo is displayed with the rest of the babies on the bulletin board outside the Family Birthing Center.  Laverne's Baby Photo

View Photos from the Piotique Parade

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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