UH Voices

Beyond the Bedside

UH Voices November 2017Longtime friends and UH Rainbow Babies & Children's colleagues Rosella Dempsey, RN, Rainbow 6 Nurse Manager; Kathy Haas, RN, NICU Assistant Nurse Manager; Debbie Prusak, RN, Pediatrics Nurse Manager; and Ann Reitenbach, RN, NICU Nurse Manager have given back to Rainbow for years. From creating Shake, Rattle and Roll, an event hosted by the NICU Circle of Friends, to attending fundraisers like Comics for Kids and various fashion shows, they are proud to support the hospital they serve every day.

"I believe employees should give back to their organizations," explained Debbie, who is known in the group of friends as the "young one" because she has only worked at UH for two decades – the others all have three decades under their belts. In fall of 2016, Debbie learned of a new fundraiser called Night of 100 Dinners which encourages friends, families, neighbors and colleagues to dine together while raising funds and awareness for UH Rainbow Babies & Children's.

"This event opened up so many possibilities for us to share our passion with others," Debbie recalled. "Why wouldn’t we want to get together and give back?"

After raising close to $3,000 in 2016, the friends teamed up again on November 11, 2017, to host another dinner for the event. The group welcomed 50 family and friends to Kathy’s barn where they raised more than $3,200 for UH Rainbow.

"We think Rainbow is so special. We wanted to give back in a fun way," explained Rosella. "After working here for so many years, it's not really a job anymore. It is in our DNA to give back."

"It goes way beyond the bedside," agreed Debbie. "And this type of fundraiser makes such a difference for the children and their families."

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