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VOLUME 13, NO. 8/1966
DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA
Mrs. Carole Ilecky, an R.N. in the Delivery Room, ivrote
the following after being inspired by a lengthy discussion
of “what should the Christmas decorations be in the De
livery Room this yearf!” The poem came to Intercom via
others on the Delivery Room staff who felt that tt deserved
publication. Intercom agreed heartily, and here ’tis:
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Jean and Elsie* had worked
Like the busiest of elves
To fill all the stockings
And dress np the shelves.
Administrative Assistant Joins Staff
The rest of us helped
As best as we could
To help win the prize
We were sure that we would.
The department was ready
The time had drawn near
We looked at our work
Then cried out in fear!
The stockings we’d made
For our first girl and boy
Were both lacking names
Who would get that toy?
On the day before Christmas
And into the night
Not a patient was laboring
No birth was in sight!
Ring!! went the phone
We got it with ease
“AVe’re bringing a patient
Be ready, please! ’ ’
Through the door they came
With such a flurry
Anyone could tell
They were in a hurry!
Into the delivery room
We flew in a flash
“hop onto the table”
And scrub with a splash.
Anesthesia was called
With incredible speed
The patient was draped
We were ready indeed!
The crying rang out
The room filled with joy.
A little girl baby
Came following the boy!
Our stockings were filled
Our day would be bright
So ‘ ‘ Merry Christmas to all
And to all a good-night! ’ ’
We waited and waited
The time just flew by
No patient was ready
And midnight was nigh
* Jean Ilolbert, R.N., and Elsie Trollinger, L.P.N., both in|
the Delivery Room. ;
We would like to express our appreciation and gratitude to the
employees of the medical center for their participation in the
1966 United Fund Campaign. Our goal this year was $24,235,
and at the end of the campaign contributions totaled in excess
J. Lamar Callaway, !M.D.
Cecil C. McClees
Co-Chairmen of the 1966 United Fund
Drive in the medical center
Mr. Kenneth J. Schoonhagen,
a 1964 graduate of the Duke
Graduate Program in Hospital
Administration has returned to
the medical center as an admin
istrative assistant and as direc
tor of the unit administration
project (see article page 4).
A native of Rochester, New
York, Mr. Schoonhagen has for
the past two years been an assis
tant administrator at Highland
He completed his B.A. degree
in sociology and economics at
Calvin College in Grand Rapids,
Michigan, and remained in
Grand Rapids for two years as
a juvenile probation officer in
the Kent County Juvenile Court.
Mr. Schoonhagen is married
to the former Betsy Faye Pierce
of Raleigh, a graduate of the
Duke School of Nursing and for
merly an R.N. on Minot ward.
They have one son, Kenneth, one
and a half years old.
A Blushing Reminder for a Communications Office
In the last issue of Intercom it was announced that Dr. Ken
neth L. Pickrell had been recently named “professor and chief
of the Division of Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery.”
This announcement came as somewhat of a surprise to not
only Dr. Pickrell, but to the medical center staff as a whole;
for Dr. Pickrell received this appointment twelve years ago.
Now we all know that the Intercom does not always have
new news, but the publication does try to draw the line at less
than twelve years.
Fortunately for the Intercom, Dr. Pickrell is not only a pro
fessor and a chief of a division; he is a man with a sense of
humor. And his luunor in this instance was greatly appreciated.
llow the article came to be printed and the “announcement”
made is another story . . . and we’ll save that for another time.
Suffice it to say that we’re happy to have had Dr. Pickrell on
the front page, for he dressed up the issue; but we do regret
that the article accompanying his picture was a bit dated.