It takes a village to raise a
It also takes a village to treat
Daniel Spillane and
James Monk (sitting) film a
helicopter once landed. MUSC has
a dedicated pediatric transport
That's what the MUSC Children's
Hospital's latest video,
celebrating its 25th birthday this
week, shows. From a helicopter
landing with its dedicated
pediatric flight team of
specialists to nurses caring for
tiny, premature babies struggling
to get a purchase on life, this
video features almost 100 people,
including doctors, nurses, staff
and patients, who all have their
own slice of the story to tell.
Featuring music star Darius
Rucker's song, "This," the video
was released Aug. 9. Meredith
Strehle, manager of business
development for the Children's
Hospital, and her administrative
intern Janna Cone coordinated the
special events and video filming.
There was a celebration Aug. 9 in
the Child Life Atrium. Deb Oliver,
a licensed practical nurse in the
Rutledge Tower Pediatric Clinic
who has been at MUSC for 35 years,
sang an a cappella birthday song
followed by addresses from
administrators and from U.S. Rep.
Tim Scott. There were birthday
cupcakes donated by Bi-Lo, and a
special birthday banner is
currently on display on the
President Street garage.
Byars, 6, designed this poster
above to be used in the video.
At right are nurses who put
together a choreography for the
There also was a Hollywood red
carpet theme for the event.
Children's Hospital units and
clinics competed to design the top
stars to adorn the carpet, with
the Children's Neurology Clinic
taking top prize. The clinic will
receive a birthday party.
Hospital's Neurology Clinic won
the star contest with this
design that sports a
battery-powered light feature.
Strehle said the events and the
video capture the fun, caring
spirit of employees that makes the
Children's Hospital so special.
She found Rucker's song, "This,"
and as she listened to the words
thought it captured the way some
of the families and patients may
video is based on singer Darius
Rucker's song, "This." To see
the video, visit http://tagr.com/t/V3wR6.
video includes footage of MUSC's
pediatric flight team simulating
a patient transport. Right, Mark
Daniell, pediatric flight nurse,
rolls an isolette, which creates
a mini ICU for babies. "No
matter how good the surgeon is,"
said Daniell, "until the patient
gets here, they can't be
"Life takes turns sometimes that
you don't expect, but it leads
people here to the Children's
Hospital where we can make a
positive impact on their lives."
The video also is a way to do
something that is all about the
children and to use the talents of
local resident Rucker, who is a
strong supporter of the hospital.
"We wanted the video to be about
the kids, families, faculty and
staff and to highlight everything
they do and have done to bring us
to the 25th birthday celebration.
Our hope is the video will go
viral, and share the story and
great happenings here with the
world. We hope this video will be
shared by the Children Hospital's
staff and physicians and others as
a way of being proud of the last
25 years and as a wish for the
next 25 years," Strehle said.
The video took two months of
planning with videographers,
Daniel Spillane of Business
Development and Marketing
Services, and James Monk, doing
three days of filming. It also
took cooperation from staff and
Drs. Olivia Titus
and Chris Streck put on their
angel wings to enter the
Bradleys' room as part of the
"It is fun to see staff and
physicians cut loose and have fun
filming," said Strehle. "It shows
their dedication to the Children's
Hospital and doing anything for
the kids. It takes a special
personality and spirit to
specialize and work with children.
I think this video displays that
Kathy Kurowski, R.N., and other
nurses on 7 East, were happy to
participate, bringing out their
decorated IV poles that they take
into patients' rooms on occasion
to do a song and dance. "The
Perfect Divas," as they are known,
enjoy dressing up and dancing to
entertain patients. The group is
so good, they do their
performances totally improv. The
acts vary from Christmas in July
to a kitty cat theme, complete
with a 'Kitty Litter' cake.
"When patients have been here
awhile, we go in and sing to cheer
them up. It's team building, and
it helps everybody have a good
The video gave them a chance to
show off that spirit. It also lets
patients get into the act.
Josh and Ashley
Bradley watch as their daughter,
Kirby, born April 10, gets
stronger. Born with a heart
condition, their daughter has
not been able to leave the
hospital yet to return to her
home in Spartanburg.
Ashley and Josh Bradley of
Spartanburg, said they were glad
to participate. Their daughter,
Kirby, was born at 39 weeks with a
heart condition, atrioventricular
septal defect complete, that
required her to remain in the
hospital for several months for a
series of procedures.
Josh good-naturedly shrugs. They
found out after his wife's first
ultrasound that their daughter
would need surgery and had
prepared for the long hospital
stay. "It is what it is. You just
deal with it. It's been amazing to
see how tough she is. She's a
They look forward to when they
can bring their daughter home, but
for now the Children's Hospital is
"It doesn't bother us to be in
the spotlight a bit," he said, his
wife adding that it's a way to let
others know what MUSC's Children's
Hospital has to offer.
Don and Kelly Loyd agree. They
brought in their twin girls, Annie
and Gracie, 4, for filming and to
visit staff who they got to know
so well when their twins arrived
pre-term at 28 weeks. Gracie
weighed 3 pounds, and Annie, 2
pounds 12 ounces.
The Loyd family
good-naturedly walks down a
hallway in the Children's
Hospital numerous times for the
video filming by Daniel Spillane
(far left) and James Monk. The
family from left, is Gracie,
Don, Annie and Kelly.
"Gracie was in pretty bad shape,"
Kelly said. "She was intubated at
birth. Annie needed a little help.
She was a tall, skinny thing. They
called her a spitfire."
It would be 77 days before Gracie
was well enough to go home. It was
a long haul, said Kelly, who now
serves on the Family Advisory
Council. She said she realizes
what a treasure the Children's
Hospital is, and she enjoys being
active on the council. Their stay
gave her an insider's view of the
Children's Hospital, and she knows
the care they received is part of
the miracle of her daughters being
alive and doing so well.
"It was luck, and it was the top
to bottom care and caring that we
received from everyone. It wasn't
just the doctors and nurses, but
also the pharmacists, respiratory
therapists and many others as well
as the strong will of these two
little girls. We're excited to do
anything we can to help MUSC."
Kurowski shows off part of one
of her costumes that "The
Perfect Divas" use. Nurses on
her unit, 7 East, decorate IV
poles and use music and dance to
cheer up patients. They enjoyed
helping with the video.
Kelly said parents don't realize
the specialized services the
Children's Hospital has until they
have to use it. "Any way we can
put a face to what's here, we want
to do it. We know how lucky we are
to have it in our backyard."