Interview: Laura Berardo, Associate Director, Development

June 13, 2018

Tell us a little about yourself!

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Laura at The River Ball: Glitz and Glamour By The River. “My parents taught me to always work hard, be kind and appreciate what you have in life.” says Laura.

I’m Laura. I started at Humber River Hospital Foundation in January 2007 as a Special Events Coordinator. I am proud to say that I am now an Associate Director of Development. I was born at Humber’s Keele Site (formerly Northwestern Hospital), my children were born at the Finch Site, and my family has received care at Humber for many years. I can proudly say that Humber is my Hospital!

In one sentence, how would you explain your job to a friend?

My role is to build relationships with community leaders and fundraise for Humber River Hospital.

Is there a Program of Care you have a personal connection to?

While all of our programs have a huge impact in our community, the two most meaningful to me are our Cancer Care Program and our Maternal Child Program. Both programs have impacted my life personally.

Pepper is a humanoid robot used by our Child Life Specialists to prepare kids for surgery.

What are the three most interesting pieces of technology at Humber?

1. The IBTs (integrated bedside terminals) in our inpatient rooms. It is amazing how this piece of technology allows patients and families to have control of their health and makes their stay a lot more comfortable.

2. Pepper. Our new humanoid robot interacts with our youngest patients and makes their stay less frightening.

3. Our Command Centre. Late last year HRH opened Canada’s first Command Centre. The first phase of this “mission control” centre for our Hospital is helping us use technology to improve patient flow and by extension, the patient experience.

Do you have a favourite project?

Last year, Roberto Alomar surprised guests at The River Ball

My favourite project was being part of the creation and implementation of Team Revolution back in 2010. They are a group of cyclists who raise money for our Hospital through grueling rides called Granfondos. A lot of “Blood Sweat & Tears” went into the planning. Great experience overall and I am so proud that Team Revolution is still going strong!

What is one awesome thing you’ve done in the last year? 

I actually have two: Meeting Roberto Alomar at the 2017 River Ball Gala and taking an overdue and relaxing vacation without my kids (sorry, kids)!

Who inspires you?

My family inspires me. Especially my mom and dad who taught me to always work hard, be kind and appreciate what you have in life.