Andy Mangione Standish

  • Name
  • Andy Mangione Standish
  • Title
  • President, Founder
  • Organization
  • Standish Foundation for Child and Family Centered Healthcare
  • Years as Executive Director
  • Although I’ve been doing this work for about 15 years, we started the Foundation 5 years ago and I’ve been the President since then.

  • What does your organization do?
  • At Standish Foundation for Child and Family Centered Healthcare, we work to minimize the pain and suffering of hospitalized children. We love kids, and believe kids shouldn’t suffer. Hospitals can be intimidating and medical procedures can be scary – especially for children. We help medical professionals deliver compassionate, family-centered care to minimize suffering and emotional trauma, speed recovery, reduce costs and improve patient satisfaction.
  • How did you become interested in this work?
  • As I visit children’s hospitals around the world, I find three issues to be universal. Children are suffering unnecessarily. Most healthcare providers genuinely want to minimize the suffering of their patients and many are not well prepared to do so.
  • What drives your passion?
  • Children. Samuel Goiter said, “There is no profit in curing the body if in the process we destroy the soul.” Thankfully, most healthcare providers know that children’s souls are so delicate. As advocates for hospitalized children’s needs, we are driven to ensure that children are being treated in a way that fosters hope, healing and happiness. We believe this is a basic right for all children and not a privilege for few.
  • Did you have a mentor or role model?
  • My parent’s Lee and Joe Mangione provided an example of loving and faithful service with a steadfast commitment to those who are unable to advocate for themselves. They are my role models in life and in work.
  • What's the biggest challenge in your work?
  • Taming the administrative beast so I’m freed up to work on creative programming.
  • What's the best advice that you have ever received?
  • Walt Disney said, “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” Turn obstacles into challenges and challenges into adventures. The impossible is really, possible.
  • What are your top tips for new Executive Directors?
  • 1. Surround yourself with amazing Board Directors, respect their opinions and advice.
    2. Never, ever let anyone have sole control of your QuickBooks accounts.
    3. Talk directly to the beneficiaries of your services to ask for an assessment of your programming.

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