As we reflect on Father's Day, we realize that it should be defined as much more than the gift of a tie or a “World’s Best Dad!” mug – although those are great, too. We consider Father’s Day to be a celebration of fatherhood. It’s a time to honor the dads who forge those special bonds with their children that carry on through adulthood, as they share life lessons and create memories.
The importance of fathers – and family – is something that is very close to our hearts here at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. Not only do we see families come together within our own walls, we are very blessed to have children and their fathers working together, side-by-side, as valued members of our own MedStar Washington Hospital Center family.
Winston and Camala Evans-Ellis – a perioperative services assistant for over 20 years and a communications center supervisor, respectively – are two such individuals. They are a father and daughter who we are very lucky to have as members of our team. So in honor of this holiday, we asked them a few questions about their relationship and the importance of fatherhood.
Camala, tell us a little bit about what you love about your own father, Winston?
To say I love my dad is an understatement. I wish everyone had a dad like mine, because he is the definition of the word. He puts family first. He is a hardworking, caring and compassionate. He will go out of his way to make others happy. Winston is my super hero!
Winston, what have you found to be the most rewarding part of being Camala’s father?
Camala is very special to me. She is a good person. It is rewarding for me to see how she embodies the values that her mom and I have instilled in her. She is loving, caring and works hard. I am very proud to call her my daughter.
How do you celebrate Father’s Day?
My siblings and I have an annual dinner to celebrate our dad.
Winston, what’s the best piece of advice you have for new or soon-to-be fathers?
I would tell them that they are receiving the best gift ever. Take care of your children by always putting them first. Teach them valuable life lessons like how to love and care for others.
What does it mean for you to work together?
Even though we don’t work together and rarely see each other while we are here, it is comforting to know that we are just a few steps away.
What do you love about working at MedStar Washington Hospital Center? Would you recommend it to others?
We are proud to work at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. Every day here is an opportunity to make a difference. We would recommend MedStar Washington Hospital Center to anyone that is in need of great health care or a job.
To Winston and all of the other great dads out there – under our own roof and across the community – we salute you. Happy Father’s Day from all of us here at MedStar Washington Hospital Center!