Posted by: Duke Raleigh Hospital | August 16, 2019

Sweet Treats Showcase Staff Appreciation

Brownie fudge cake, tiramisu, key lime pie – no delectable dessert is off the table for Jennifer Sousa, CNMT, when it comes to celebrating her staff.

Sousa, imaging manager for nuclear medicine at Duke Raleigh Hospital, makes sure every birthday is celebrated and every accomplishment is recognized for staff in her department. She finds out every staff member’s favorite dessert, and then bakes for them on their special day.

“Celebrations are just one way of appreciating our team members, and showing people that we’re happy they’re here, not just when they’re first hired, but throughout their time at Duke,” she said.

Sousa also helps to arrange celebrations for holidays and special occasions. On July 4th, the team was treated to a festive lunch.

“It’s the small things that make a difference, and I want my team to know how thankful I am for them,” she said. “Baking something special is just one way of doing that.”

Javier Castro, a nuclear medicine technologist, said that the celebrations make him feel appreciated at work.

“Jen’s thoughtfulness contributes to a more positive work experience, because we know we’re appreciated by our manager, and our team,” he said. “Taking time to celebrate milestones in life shows we care about each other.”

Sousa’s specialty is a brownie fudge cake with softened ice cream, fudge sauce and caramel drizzle. But, it’s the thought behind it that means the most to her.

“I just love making my team happy – that’s what’s important to me,” she said. “A happy team makes not only me happy, but our patients happy, too.”


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