Dominic “Dom” Ziccardi is not at Craig Hospital to simply draw blood and supervise the phlebotomy department. He’s also here to lift spirits and reignite sparks.
“The little things that happen with our patients are miracles. A patient with a spinal cord injury moves a pinkie finger; a patient that couldn’t remember his address, now can,” he says.
Dom has worked at Craig for 25 years. He is known on campus for sharing a kind word and smile with everyone he encounters, all delivered in a charming Bronx accent. Dom sees it as part of his job to brighten the spirits of staff and patients. In return, he creates lifelong connections with patients—something he sees as a huge bonus to the job.
“Craig is a special place. Patients come in scared with so many unknowns, and they are greeted by real people who are committed to staying positive and helping them heal. We help patients see their possibilities,” he says.
Dom sees up close the difference giving makes. That’s why he gives any way he can. He buys burritos for his team monthly as part of a fundraiser for Therapeutic Recreation, or T-Rec. He gives a portion of his paycheck to support Craig’s Culture of Care Programs. Yet, it’s not just money Dom gives. For 10 years, he has volunteered his time at the PUSH Gala, Craig’s biggest annual fundraiser.
“It’s a great event. Once staff and supporters experience it, they want to volunteer,” he adds.
At the PUSH Gala, Dom serves as an escort, walking guests—many of whom he recognizes year after year—to the event and getting them settled. His favorite part of the evening is hearing Craig graduates speak about the positive impact Craig has had on their lives. This year, he also volunteered at Craig’s inaugural Denver7 Empowering Lives Telethon. He looks forward to watching the event grow every year, just like the PUSH Gala.
“I give because I know the need is there, and I see firsthand the great work Craig does. If I could give more, I would.”