What brought you to Dana-Farber?
Five years ago, I became a patient here. One day while on Dana-Farber's website looking for my oncologist's phone number, I searched job opportunities. I had lost my job while undergoing chemotherapy treatments and was desperate to find a new one. I saw an opening as an expediter in the materials control department. I applied, and the rest is history.
What does your job involve?
I am the materials control supervisor. This department is responsible for processing and delivering packages to all of the main campus and satellite buildings. We are also responsible for maintaining the stock in the clinic supply closets and IV solutions containers on each floor in Yawkey. It is important that I maintain a clean, safe, and organized area while ensuring that all packages are delivered in a timely manner. I am a hands-on supervisor who thoroughly enjoys his job.
How does your role contribute to the mission of Dana-Farber?
Every day, I try to instill to my team that our department is extremely important. It is crucial that everything is delivered on time, as you never know how critical that package might be. Whether it's a scan, a specimen, or lab supplies, it is important that it gets delivered to help in a cure.
What's the biggest challenge that you face in your role?
When we receive packages addressed to Dana-Farber with no other information. People don't realize how huge Dana-Farber actually is, with 13 separate buildings. It is quite a task to figure out where to deliver such packages. Also, there are days our workload is overwhelming. Many times, I have to call upon the assistance of the staff at Dry Dock [Harbor Campus] to help out here at the main campus. Our goal is to have main campus and Dry Dock work as one team to fulfill all of Dana-Farber's needs.
What do you do for fun in your spare time?
I enjoy sailing in Boston Harbor, puttering around with my 1929 Model A, and traveling with my wife to warmer climates. Most important and most enjoyable is acting like a big child with my four grandchildren, and just having my family around me.