Faculty and Staff are excited at the prospect of the new level of care that will exist when they move into the soon to be completed UNM Children’s Hospital Barbara and Bill Richardson Pavilion. However, for many long-term employees, the idea of moving into a brand new work space has left them a little anxious and and feeling nostalgic as they leave the old unit behind.

“Some of our nurses have worked in the current unit for a long time. There is a certain comfort level in being in the same work environment for many years.”

Our pediatric patients come from throughout New Mexico,” said Katz. “Many of them stay for extended periods of and the nursing staff develops strong bonds with both the kids and their families.” Pediatric nurses at the hospital asked Robert Katz, M.D., Vice President for Clinical Affairs at the UNM HSC , if he would permit them to keep some special l memorabilia – such as bits of wall paper etc - for a scrapbook.

Katz decided they needed more. He has hired a photography student who will be documenting the current operations and the move so that nurses have a permanent record of their old home and the move into their new one.

Photographer Xavier Mascarenas has been spending time in pediatric units and with the Child Life unit, documenting the day-to-day activities of staff and patients.Mascarenas is a student of Miguel Gandert, a world famous photographer who is a professor at UNM. At the end of his project the nursing units are scheduled to be presented with customized mementos of their time on the unit, ensuring that the memories of special patients in the past will be honored even as new memories are created for children being treated in the new wing in the future.

“We wanted someone with a fresh eye who could capture the essence of what our medical and nursing staff do on a daily basis to provide the very best care for children. To-date, it has been gratifying to see the photography project unfold,” said Katz.


Contact: Cindy Foster, 272-3322