Laughter is Good Medicine

Gloria Shotwell, Cafeteria

GloriaI am Science Transforming Life as part of the Food Services team who works to prevent food borne illness and positively impact the lives of patients, their families, visitors and employees of National Jewish Health with positive attitude and humor.

I’ve been a dishwasher here for 23 years and I love my job, which includes two important components: 

  1. Preventing food-borne illnesses
  2. Serving employees, visitors and patients 

We use a multi-step process to clean, disinfect, dry and store plates, utensils, really everything in the kitchen that touches food. This process involves mixing the right amounts of the appropriate chemicals and using them in the right order for the correct amount of time. Just one dirty plate in the warmer could spell disaster.

In addition to the serious part of my job, I enjoy bringing a smile to faces of children and other visitors to our great institution.  I know that every time I take a moment to stop and help someone who is lost; make a child smile who has just had a shot or test, or in some small way make life more enjoyable, then I’ve done my job as an ambassador of this great hospital. Some times I’m in costume, sometimes in my uniform, but always ready to do my part of Science Transforming Life.