Logging Miles of Smiles

Meet Our Employee of the Year

Bobby Johnson In an organization of nearly 10,000 staff, it’s quite an accomplishment to be named Employee of the Year.  Staff vote to select the winner and among all our doctors, nurses, researchers and outstanding staff. So who received this prestigious honor?  Meet Bobby Johnson, Transportation Orderly and Employee of the Year.

I had the joy to be at the award ceremony when Bobby was honored – his excitement and enthusiasm  were contagious – hundreds of staff were up on their feet cheering for Bobby.  He is a living example of how everything matters.

In his 10 years with Children’s, Bobby has logged thousands of miles transporting patients – whether by gurney or by wagon (one of our favorite modes of transportation)

Transport orderlies are so important at Children’s.  Think about their role – bringing patients to procedures and surgery that can be scary and stressful.  It can be a long ride – staring at the ceiling – but not when Bobby is pushing you.  He seems to know just what to say.   A bright smile, a funny story, a kind word – whatever a patient or parent needs at that time – Bobby is there.  Maybe it’s because he’s a dad himself – with two children of his own at home.  Bobby is also attentive to all the safety concerns of transporting medically fragile and critically ill children – where wrong moves can inflict pain or dislodge crucial medical equipment.

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Our transport staff are among the most visible in the hospital – they travel everywhere and you can always tell when Bobby is around.  The room just seems a bit sunnier – the mood a bit lighter. Bobby has a special gift and we are so happy that he found his way to our patients. Congratulations to Bobby and a thank you to all our amazing transport orderlies.  They are among the unsung heroes that make everything matter – everyday.


Donna Teach
Donna Teach is Chief Marketing & Communication Officer at Nationwide Children's. Her job is to help the hospital feel "connected" – Connected to each other, connected to our patients and their families, referring physicians, the community and the world.

2 thoughts on “Logging Miles of Smiles

  1. Karen Clark on said:

    I am so happy Bobby was given this honor! He is truly a great employee and Childrens is lucky to have him. He always has a bright hello, how are you doing, whenever you pass him in the hallways!

  2. julie west on said:

    How wonderful! Reading Bobby’s story made me feel happy that he has been recognized. He sounds like a very special person.

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