Monday, July 13, 2009

Intern Offers a Guest Blog

(This entry was contributed by Ally Law, a recent intern in Fauquier Health's marketing department. She has been a pleasure to work with -- smart and conscientious. We wish her a happy semester abroad in Australia. G-day, Ally.)

After completing my junior year at Virginia Tech, it was time to start my internship with the marketing department at Fauquier Hospital.

The day I arrived I was nervous, not knowing what to expect. My case of nerves evaporated quickly when I was introduced to the warm and inviting staff in the Stone House. I was immediately put to work with a list of writing assignments and filing.

This internship has turned out to be a more wonderful experience than I could have imagined. Over the course of a couple weeks I have been able to interview and photograph so many incredible staff members in a variety of fields. While speaking with Lois Sutphin last week about her position as co-captain of the Fauquier Hospital’s Relay for Life Team, the conversation reached far beyond the intended topic. Lois is an RN in Fauquier Hospital's Infusion Center. She shared a little bit of her life with me -- it turns out that she went to high school with my father. It was like chatting with a family friend. When it came to the topic of Relay, I was able to see the passion radiating on her face. She truly believed in and enjoyed what she was doing.

My hopeless sense of direction was a problem my first few days. Every time I have to go out to take pictures or to an interview, I wind up asking the same couple of people for directions. The first day here I thought almost everything was located in the main hospital building. I quickly learned this was not the case, the offices extended beyond the Hill and into the town of Warrenton. Fauquier Health is more than Fauquier Hospital, it’s an entire health system, with the Sleep Center, the LIFE Center, two different doctor’s offices (one on Hospital Hill and one in Lake Manassas) and a brand new Wound Healing Center.

Through all of my experiences, I have learned so much about why the people at Fauquier Hospital do what they do, and the enthusiasm they bring forth every day. While my time here is about to come to a close as I head off to study abroad, I will not forget my summer on Hospital Hill.