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Meet Dolores Sansone, executive assistant to the office of administration

Meet Dolores Sansone, executive assistant to the office of administration

Dolores Sansone is the executive assistant to the office of administration. Dolores has been supporting the Board of Governors and administrators for over 35 years as one of the longest-standing staff members at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston. When Dolores first joined the hospital on December 17, 1984, she was the department of donations secretary. She later transitioned into her current role supporting the Board of Governors, but has always maintained responsibilities in the office of administration. Dolores has worked with seven different administrators and ten board chairs during her time here.

We recently spent some time with Dolores to learn more about her story.

Why did you choose to work for Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston?

I went to college at Bridgewater State College (now Bridgewater State University) to become an elementary school teacher. I graduated from Bridgewater at a time when there were no teaching positions available. I wanted to find something that aligned with my passion for working with children. I discovered the Boston Shriners Hospital, whose mission of improving the lives of children perfectly fit my job criteria. I love being a part of something larger that makes a difference in children’s lives. I love that everyone cares, and I love the variety of the work that I do. Every day is different and I am able to interact with such a varied group of people. I am always learning.

What are your roles as an executive assistant?

The work I do changes every day, but it includes preparing for and coordinating board meetings, the monthly board education calendar, creating volunteer events and banquets, managing all home office and MGH meetings, and implementing new and existing Board of Governor regulations at the Boston Shriners Hospital.

What are some of your favorite stories from your time here?

I have so many stories that it is hard to choose. I really enjoyed celebrating our 40th Anniversary at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston. The festivities were held at Fenway Park with all of the Shriners [Hospital] staff. We received a behind-the-scenes tour of Fenway Park from the Fenway staff. Another favorite memory of mine was the work I did coordinating gift basket fundraisers after the Shriners Hospitals for Children — Galveston location had to close temporarily because of hurricanes. We raised funds for the staff of the Galveston Shriners Hospital who were affected by the hurricanes. The fundraiser was also used to cover the costs of patient transportation. Another favorite story is when the Boston Bruins brought the Stanley Cup to the hospital. It was very exciting to see the famous trophy in person and experience the joy of the patients and staff who got to see the Cup.

What has motivated you to work at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston for so long?

The mission of the hospital has always been the biggest motivation. It is the reason I enjoy my job so much. The staff at the hospital is a pleasure to work with and makes it enjoyable to walk in the door every day. I am committed to the duties of my position and will continue to serve with the highest respect for the organization.

What makes Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston unique?

I have witnessed an organization of great dedication with an exceptional capacity to help children continue to heal and to grow for decades. The most unique aspect of the organization is that all children are cared for regardless of their ability to pay.

On behalf of Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston, we thank you, Dolores, for your devotion and commitment to this hospital over the past 35 years. Your passion for helping children shines through in your hard work. Your role is crucial to the success of this hospital, and we appreciate your early wake ups and positivity every single day to ensure administrative responsibilities are handled smoothly and expertly.