Serving up a side of kindness: TMC for Children patients thankful for tower of toys

Employees from Ventana Medical Systems delivered more than 200 Lego® sets to TMC for Children

Employees from Ventana Medical Systems delivered more than 200 Lego® sets to TMC for Children

During the hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving week, employees from Ventana Medical Systems carved out an afternoon to bring more than 200 Lego® sets to deserving little patients in TMC for Children as part of Children’s Miracle Network.  It didn’t take long for kids to emerge from their hospital rooms, and gaze at the stash of Lego® sets before picking the “perfect” one that they could take home. 

Ventana employees collected Lego® sets since the beginning of October.  Ventana President and CEO Mara G. Aspinall personally helped with the delivery, and TMC President and CEO Judy Rich accepted the donation. 

Cody Warren

Cody Warren

But it was 4-year-old Cody Warren who stole the show. 

He picked out a Lego® Star Wars set for himself, and a Lego® Friends set for his sister, who was sleeping in her hospital room.

“We were thrilled when we learned about the Lego® drive that was organized for TMC for Children, Children’s Miracle Network,” said Rich. “It is so important for our young patients to have visits from caring people while they are in the hospital. It helps lift their spirits, which aids in the healing process, and having a new toy to play with provides a distraction that helps them focus on something other than the reason they’re here.”

Selena Gilley (in pink) plays with her new Lego® set

Selena Gilley (in pink) plays with her new Lego® set

That was evidenced just a few minutes after the event, when 8-year-old patient Selena Gilley was hard at work in her hospital room diligently following the directions to create her masterpiece.

“Ventana prides itself on being true to our mission to improve the lives of patients,” said Aspinall. “Having the opportunity to meet these young patients in our community and share a toy to help lift their thoughts and spirits, gives me and all Ventana employees great joy.”

All of us at TMC would like to express our thanks to the Ventana employees for their generosity towards our patients.

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TMC President & CEO Judy Rich poses with Ventana President & CEO Mara Aspinlall, along with employees from both companies

TMC President & CEO Judy Rich poses with Ventana President & CEO Mara Aspinlall, along with employees from both companies

TMC and Ventana Medical Systems celebrate continuous extraordinary advancements to TMC’s laboratory

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TMC celebrated its state-of-the-art laboratory during a formal ribbon cutting ceremony.  TMC upgraded its laboratory in a collaboration with Ventana Medical Systems, a global leader in tissue diagnostics.  Key leadership from TMC and Ventana Medical Systems were in attendance, including TMC President and CEO Judy Rich, and Ventana President and CEO Mara Aspinall.  The event marked the significant enhancement and continuing collaboration between both organizations.  In the lab, multiple state-of-the-art technologies were connected to create the best patient results.

“This collaboration with Ventana is critical to ensuring our patients receive world class accuracy and precision from TMC’s highly efficient laboratory,” said Rich.  “This equipment is key to enhancing patient safety and improving quality.  It also helps position the hospital for growth while providing exceptional and reliable service to our community.  At TMC, we focus on delivering the best diagnostic result for every patient we serve, and this is a giant leap forward.”

The new equipment, which includes four instruments and the accompanying software, allows the hospital to perform more in-house tests.  This reduces the need for outside laboratories that could add to turnaround time.  The automation also allows for stronger management of patient identification through the process.  This reduces the opportunity for misdiagnosis and mislabeling.  Since the technologist or one pathologist works with one patient at a time through the entire process, there is greater continuity of care.

“The ribbon cutting was a great success,” said John Allen, TMC’s Director of Laboratory Services.  “Our leaders from both TMC and Ventana were gracious, and the strength of our confidence in each other across these two corporations was palpable.  We are two organizations with a vision of the future of pathology, cancer diagnosis and treatment, and a commitment to our community that is unified, thoughtful and creative.  I am proud to be a part of this partnership and am excited to see what we can do next.”


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