Department of Pediatrics, Ambulatory Services hosts a beach getaway to celebrate Tomorrow, Together

July 27, 2021

More than 350 team members from the Department of Pediatrics, Ambulatory Services, came together to celebrate Texas Children’s latest investment in our people – experiencing a step toward normalcy while enjoying snacks, activities, raffles, photos and each other at a special “Beach Getaway”-themed gathering.

The bold action, as announced by President and CEO Mark A. Wallace, includes increasing each employee salary by 2 percent and providing an additional week of highly-deserved paid time off.

“If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself,” said Monica Banes, director of Nursing for Ambulatory Services, referencing a quote from American business magnate Henry Ford. “It was great to see everyone enjoying the ability to celebrate together safely. It was a no-brainer to have a theme of a Beach Getaway! Where else would you go to get away?”

Throughout the event held to recognize both providers and staff, team members filled out commitment cards pledging their first steps to building a better Tomorrow, Together at Texas Children’s. Many shared ways they intend to finish the year strong by making a pledge to themselves, our teams and our patients. Here are a few of the responses received: I commit to “giving my best to patients,” “spreading kindness and laughter,” “exercise” and “always being a great leader.”

The Ambulatory Services director team played a key role in making the department’s event such a success. Special thanks go to Banes, Brian Cordasco, Kim Frawner, Patty Luke, Tina Ninan, Greisi Ramirez and Carrie Rys.

Together, the team is staying positive and poised to persevere through the second half of 2021.

“This past year has been incredibly tough for everyone, including our team and our patients. I cannot think of a better way to acknowledge our team for their continued dedication,” said Rys, Assistant Vice President for the Department of Pediatrics. “It was heart-warming to see everyone’s excitement and gratitude following the news from Mr. Wallace.”

To see a gallery of photos featuring the Tomorrow, Together celebrations taking place across the system, click here.