TO THE SUMMIT: From left, Salguero, McGee, Marasigan, and Steve Ormston, RT, a respiratory therapist on Bigelow 9.
They call themselves team E-26. E is for Ellison building; and 26 is for the 26 flights of stairs the Bigelow 9 night staff climb nearly every night – sometimes twice a night.
“It’s a good team-building activity and helps us stay healthy and happy,” says Liz McGee, RN. Nurses from the Bigelow 9 Respiratory Acute Care Unit began climbing the Ellison building stairs at the beginning of March.
Jake Marasigan, RN, and Rachael Salguero, RN, were looking for ways to effectively replicate their home exercise programs for a quick pick-me-up during their breaks.
“We really just wanted to promote wellness and be healthy. All it takes is less than 10 minutes to climb those stairs,” says Jake Marasigan, RN.
The climbing has become contagious.
“It started with just a few of us but now most of our staff have joined in. We take turns going in small groups.” says Salguero. “It motivated many of us to start work out programs by encouraging and inspiring each other.”
Team E-26 has an open membership policy. Anyone can join, but they have to reach the top “summit” of the 26 flights to become an official member. “You would be surprised how many people walk the stairs,” Marasigan says. “And we hope for more people to follow.”
Stair climbing is better than a coffee break, says McGee. “It keeps us alert, focused and it’s a wonderful way to end the shift on a high note.”
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