Faces and Places

Faces and Places at All Children's Hospital


Welcome to Faces & Places, an occasional feature highlighting those people, places and things that make All Children?s Hospital special.

The stories are written by Dave Scheiber, whose by-line has graced the pages (and screens) of the Tampa Bay Times, FOX Florida Sports, Sports Illustrated, the Washington Post and other media outlets through the years. Now an All Children's employee, the Hospital is lucky to have such a talented writer as Dave helping us to tell our story to a broader audience.

Halloween Fun at All Children's Hospital
Oct 31, 2012
By 2 p.m. Wednesday, the spacious lobby of All Children's Hospital was packed with enough costumed Halloween characters to fill several neighborhood blocks - with all manner of storybook figures, superheroes, cowboys, kings and queens lining the room.
 
Her Notes Calm the Passing Commotion
Nov 20, 2012
Inside the All Children's Hospital lobby, the lunch-hour pace has picked up on a recent afternoon, but something else accompanies the busy scene - a calming counterpoint to the roomful of motion and emotion.
 
A Tree of Life - Helping Us Remember Special Patients
Dec 06, 2012
A special tree has sprung up in a PICU meeting room – a new way to honor young patients who having reached the end of their own lives, but made life possible for others through organ donation. But the tree, an idea conceived of by nurse Traci Gregory and a comfort to fellow nurses, also has another story to tell.
 
Tampa Bay Buccaneer Doug Martin and Teammates Visits Patients and Families at ACH
Dec 13, 2012
Tampa Bay Buccaneer tailback Doug Martin makes his way into the open, just as he has done so many times this season. Striding three steps ahead of the pack, the young rushing star cuts to the right and makes his big move - from a long corridor on All Children's fifth floor into a hospital room with a special little fan awaiting.
 
Parent Coffee: A Bold Tradition That Lets All Children’s Staffers Perk Up Spirits
Dec 21, 2012
With a an early-morning knock on the door, ACH volunteers offer a cup of coffee, a pastry and a smile to weary parents who have spent long, often sleep-deprived nights in the hospital room of their child. It’s a practice that allows hospital staffers from all departments get involved hands-on at the hospital – and gives a lift to everyone involved.
 
It’s A “Wonderland” Life: New Toy Tradition at All Children’s Gives Parents A Helping Hand
Dec 24, 2012
A new addition to the holidays brought smiles – and tears of joy – to parents of patients at All Children’s in the two days before Christmas: The Wonderland Toy Shop. Tables upon tables were stacked with far more cool toys and gifts than you could count – all donated from the community and guaranteed to brighten the holidays for kids and families. Here's how it all came together.
 
“Midday Meditation” Mixes Music and Calming Words To Give All Children’s Staff A Valued Break
Dec 25, 2012
Amid songs of the season, the latest event in the popular monthly program created by Chaplain David Pitt helps hospital employees slow down, enjoy songs and readings in a serene, non-denominational setting – and re-energize for the daily challenges of the job.
 
Starting Off the New Year with Heart and Hope
Dec 31, 2012
Rosie and Craig Carden turned to All Children’s Hospital this past year to fix the rare and complex congenital heart defect afflicting their infant son, Sammy. And the tale of how a tough baby was saved – thanks to the talented cardiovascular team at All Children’s – began to unfold.
 
Spider-Man Thrills Patients and Washes a Few Windows
Jan 10, 2013
It certainly wasn’t your everyday sight at All Children’s Hospital on Thursday. As excited kids and families looked on from the sidewalk and inside their rooms, Spider-Man paid a visit to the hospital to wash windows – and wash away the stress that so many patients and parents experience.
 
Miss Florida, Laura McKeeman, is a Hit With All Children’s Hospital Patients
Jan 24, 2013
Laura McKeeman is the reigning Miss Florida and Tampa Bay area resident. She finished in the Top 15 finished at the Miss America Pageant last week in Las Vegas.
 
New All Children’s Preschool Language Class Thriving
Feb 04, 2013
The Scottish Rite Preschool Language Class is a new addition to the landscape of development and rehab service programs at All Children’s Hospital.
 
Now That’s Special: Veteran Globetrotter Visits All Children's Hospital
Mar 05, 2013
And on a recent morning, the Globetrotter magic arrived at All Children’s Hospital in a special way – courtesy of the player known as Special K.
 
Rays’ Mascot Helps Send Off Louise Belich After 40 Years
Mar 14, 2013
Forty years to the date of her first day of work – March 12, 1973 – Louise Belich officially spent her final few hours on the job amid a surprise celebration reflecting the love and admiration so many people feel for her.
 
A Picture Perfect Day for Patients at All Children's Hospital
Mar 28, 2013
A moment created by the national organization known as Flashes of Hope, which goes from hospital to hospital taking high-end, portrait-session photos of pediatric patients facing the toughest of challenges amid life-threatening or life-limiting illnesses.
 
The Hospital That Babe Ruth Helped Build
Apr 01, 2013
But there is another house the Babe helped to build. He did it not with his bat but with his heart, not with his towering home runs but with a soaring spirit of generosity toward children – especially those in need.
 
Dr. Colombani: A New Hand That Shapes ACH Leadership, An Old Hand That Saved a U.S. President
May 16, 2013
The man who quietly walks All Children’s surgical floors these days is more than a valued mentor to physicians, more than a doctor who enjoys getting out of his office to mingle and observe, more than an embodiment of new hospital leadership on a vital mission for the future.
 
Music Therapist Kelly Tyrrell Brings a Tuneful Healing Touch to ACH Patients
Jun 04, 2013
You might see her walking the All Children’s hallways with a guitar in hand, or pulling a cart packed with tambourines, shakers and two large binders of lyric and chord sheets.
 
A Day in The Life: Behind the Scenes of the 30th Annual All Children’s Telethon
Jun 05, 2013
The moment arrived with a wave of raucous applause and cheers that sent decibels and emotions soaring off the charts Sunday evening. It was a wild scene that blended the fever pitch of a Super Bowl victory with an election-night headquarters celebration – all in the name of children.