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A day in the life of a hospital

Posted by Ralph Ranalli February 25, 2007 08:38 AM

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8:35 p.m.: Child Life Specialist Kim Gannon blows bubbles for for 19-month-old Ben Wertheim, who came into the Pediatric Emergency Department with a high fever, as he sits on his mother Jodie's lap.
(Globe staff photo by Bill Polo)

NEWTON/WELLESLEY/REGION

A large hospital is like a city within a city. It has its own rhythms, a workday, a night life, and a vast array of citizens -- from professionals to floor cleaners to engineers to volunteers, from wealthy to poor, and, of course, from the sick and the healthy.

Globe West reporter and web producer Ralph Ranalli and photographer Bill Polo spent 16 hours at Newton-Wellesley Hospital earlier this month, capturing the sights, sounds and stories of a typical day in a story and an audio slideshow.

A Day in the Life of a Hospital is the third in Globe West's yearlong Day in the Life Series.

In the fall, Ranalli and Polo captured the music and art and passion that occur during A Day in the Life of a Cultural Center at the Newton Cultural Center in Newtonville.

Last summer, Ranalli, Polo, and fellow photographer Josh Reynolds chronicled A Day in the Life of a Park at Albemarle Park, the hub of swimming, baseball, summer camp and other hot-weather activity in Newton.

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