children's class of 2017
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Buffalo-native, Gail Szucs, has called the Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo home for 41 years. From her early years working in the NICU/PICU, to becoming the Manager of Maternity Services to — most recently in 2001 — taking the role of Manager of Rehab Services, Gail has touched the lives of tens of thousands of women and children across Western New York. Her connection to the hospital runs deep — having experienced the joy of life with the birth of four children, and the grief of loss as she said goodbye to her infant son — all within the hospital walls.
Questions & Answers with Gail Szucs
What are you looking forward to most about the John R. Oishei Children's Hospital?
I am most looking forward to the beautiful space and the convenience of having all outpatient clinics under one roof.
How has the Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo changed through the years?
The hospital has changed so much over the years. Not only aesthetically — where we had wallpaper coating the walls and no air conditioning, but from a service line perspective. We've grown from a small children's hospital consisting of family doctors and pediatricians to a comprehensive health care facility with great clinic services for every specialty area.
What are your hopes for the John R. Oishei Children's Hospital?
I want our hospital to set a benchmark for all children's hospitals across the United States. To be the best, comprehensive care facility.
What do you want to be remembered for?
I want to be remembered for treating everyone around me with the same love and respect — saying hello to everyone I encounter — from the president of Kaleida, to a patient I have yet to meet.
Describe your favorite memories over the years?
I have so many wonderful memories over the years, but one that stands out in my mind is watching Dr. Subramanian — a world-renowned heart doctor — pull up a hospital bed and lay beside patients to ease their fears as they were coming out of anesthesia after a surgery.
Any other words of wisdom?
Never forget the people behind the front lines. Without the help of the lab technicians, nurses and administrative staff, nothing would be possible.