For Grand View Employee - Snow Storm Not Only Delivery from Mother Nature
|(February 12, 2010) Sellersville, PA – In the midst of the area’s massive snow storm on Wednesday morning, Dave Stauffer, an employee at Grand View Hospital’s engineering and maintenance department, was hard at work removing snow on the hospital’s campus when he got a call of a lifetime. His wife, Kristen, who was due with their first child on Feb. 15, was on the phone, saying her water had broken.
“The first thing I said was, ‘Are you serious?’” remembers Dave. “I told her before that she had to wait until Thursday,” he joked.
Dave, who had begun shoveling at 4 a.m., then began the trek in blizzard-like conditions to their Boyertown home to pick up Kristen. The trip took an hour and a half each way, three times longer than usual. They began their journey back to Grand
Dave, Kristen & Gavin Stauffer
|View Hospital, taking only major roads, where they safely
arrived around noon.
“I was nervous about getting to the hospital safely,” Kristen said. “Fortunately Dave drives a big truck that’s good in snow.”
Although he never questioned that his first priority was taking care of his wife, Dave said he felt really bad about leaving his colleagues with one less person to shovel. “It was a lot of snow and they really worked hard.” he said. Dave rejoined his team to continue removing snow from the hospital’s parking lots, walkways, and other critical areas.
Little Gavin took his time in arriving. He was born at 6:58 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11 and was delivered by obstetrician Angela Boylan, MD. Gavin weighed in at 7 pounds, 11 ounces and measured 20 and a half inches. Gavin is the second generation of Stauffers born at Grand View Hospital. Both Dave and Kristen were born there as well. Friday, the little family was looking forward to visits from Gavin’s grandparents and aunts.
“We can’t believe how much hair he has,” Kristen said. “All’s well and we’re excited to take him home and meet everyone else.”