A child-friendly approach

6/5/2017  By Thirty Percenters

June 5, 2017

June 11 is National Children's Day.

When we need to use photos of children, why not ones like these from our amazing work family?

Sometimes I wonder if I should be the one paying my employer and not the other way around. That's a dangerous thing to put in writing, but there it is.

This spring, I got to hang out with a half dozen really great kids and talk about what it's like for them in the big, sometimes scary, often boring, world of healthcare. I brought a video camera and a microphone and asked them questions. They brought their favorite games and toys, and shared stories about what they love and what makes them happy. Their parents - KVH employees - happily tagged along.

How is that not the best day at work, ever?

In addition to video, we put out a call to all employees interested in a photoshoot with their children. We took the first 12 to respond, and there were many more who would have participated if we'd had room. You can see the results. We couldn't be happier.

This new focus on children goes much deeper than marketing. While there's no pediatric unit at our rural access hospital, we regularly see pediatric patients in our family medicine clinics and emergency department. KVH is actively seeking ways to make that care more child-friendly. Over the next few months, the community will be able to see these changes begin to take place, changes that are possible in large part because of you - our generous community.

The "I" in this piece is default contributor Jan Powell. Managed by Kittitas Valley Healthcare, Thirty Percenters does not provide medical advice. For medical advice, please see your healthcare professional.