Bringing it Home for Janet Weis Children’s Hospital

We are blessed to work with a lot of different fine folks in the Geisinger family, but the Children’s Hospital holds a special place in our hearts – but not just around the holidays! Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital is the first rural acute-care children’s hospital in the country and one of the first rural academic facilities in the region, making it a unique facility specially designed to meet the challenges of providing health care to children living in rural areas.

It doesn’t matter if you live in a rural or urban area, when a child is seriously ill, injured or facing a life-threatening condition. Their pediatric specialists can step in immediately, using state-of-the-art technology to provide emergency, trauma and critical care.

Being a national destination for children’s care means not only leading the way in addressing pediatric health issues, but it also requires a special understanding of the particular needs of a young patient, as well as his or her parents and other family members, especially siblings. Janet Weis Children’s Hospital strives to care not just for a condition, but for the whole patient – and their family.

 

Support of Janet Weis Children’s Hospital ensures children throughout NEPA and beyond are getting access to the best healthcare and the most experienced pediatric providers available in the United States.

 

Do it for the kids – build a virtual gingerbread house for Janet Weis Children’s Hospital!

 

Join the Posture House Party now through December 31st and share your house on social media to vote for AIE NEPA as the winner of our grand prize — a cash donation plus design and digital support totaling $5,000! (Don’t forget to include the #posturehouseparty hashtag so we can see your house and count your vote.)

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Four Paw Party in the House for Blue Chip Farm!

It’s no secret that the Posture team has a soft spot for animals, so Blue Chip Farm Animal Refuge seemed like a natural foundation choice for us. We all own or have owned multiple animals in our lives that we hold near and dear. One of our four-pawed peeps actually works with us at the office every so often – some of you reading this may have already met my branding connoisseur, Mars the dachshund. He’s great with offering snack advice, but logs most of his time here under “Posture naps.” He can be such a weenie.

Cat and dog brothers
Mars with his “baby” brother Ares vs. the brothers recently celebrating our wedding day. <3

What some of you may not know is Mars has not always had an easy time of getting around Scranton.

Back in 2012, he was afflicted with an acute case of IVDD (intervertebral disc disease), a spine condition that commonly affects dachshunds and other small dogs and often paralyzes the lower half of their body. The first time this happened, my husband and I pulled our finances together as best we could to afford a surgery that we hoped would give him his quality of life back – and it did! Unfortunately, IVDD struck again 2 years later in 2014 and we were put in a tough financial spot. Luckily, with the help of our wonderful family and friends via our GoFundMe campaign, we were able to again give Mars the surgery he needed and he has lived a full and happy life ever since.

Mars recovered fast after his second back surgery and soon we were helping him walk again to go outside

 

A lot of animals are not as lucky as Mars is.

They don’t have a small community to rally for them when they get seriously sick or injured – instead, they are counting on volunteers and caretakers at local organizations. This is why the mission of Blue Chip Farm is so important to myself and the Posture team – they are giving many animals a second chance at life that they may not have otherwise had. They even have a dachshund success story similar to Mars – all made possible through the generosity of donors and eventually a serendipitous adoption that led to Bella’s recovery.

Mars can definitely relate. He’s a senior dog living life to his fullest, and so are many other animals thanks to the wonderful folks at Blue Chip Farm Animal Refuge. If you love dachshunds and are looking for another way you can help, you can purchase the book about Bella the dog here – proceeds support Bella’s continued medical care as well as Blue Chip Farm.

 

Show your support for the animals and build a virtual gingerbread house for Blue Chip Farm!

Join the Posture House Party now through December 31st and share your house on social media to vote for Blue Chip Farm as the winner a cash donation plus design and digital support totaling $5,000. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #posturehouseparty for your house/vote to count!

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Why do people work together?

In sophomore year of college, I needed an internship and my advisor had just the place: Posture Interactive. They were this hip place downtown that did graphic design, web design, and “interactive things,” whatever that meant. So we got in touch, and I went downtown a week later for an interview. I had no idea what to expect, I was young, still believed that the path of a graphic designer was a fairly straightforward one. I got all dressed up in a pair of shined loafers, and an oxford button up, and headed downtown. I was greeted by a grungy looking, 30 something with a snapback hat, offered a beer or coffee and plopped in a colorful conference room. If I wasn’t nervous enough, the variety of people I met in the next half-hour was enough to muddle my image of a modern workplace and give me butterflies in my stomach.

I was greeted by a grungy looking, 30 something with a snapback hat, offered a beer or coffee and plopped in a colorful conference room.


Over the next few months, I got to work with almost everyone in the office, and it changed my perspective of a creative workplace. I had a preconceived notion that everyone had to be similar to work together, but that was completely shattered. Even now years later as a team member, I still don’t completely understand how so many people work together so well.

I had a preconceived notion that everyone had to be similar to work together, but that was completely shattered.


Posture Interactive is a multifaceted and talented group of individuals, striving together towards highly creative and quality solutions to a variety of problems that are handed to them daily. You have designers, developers, partners, and all the skills people don’t even get put in their job description. The skills are completely varied, not a single person in this office has the same schedule, skill set, or life outlook. Among so many people there are miscommunications, loud discussions, and plenty of awkward moments, so one has to ask themselves sometimes why people work together? The answer: They care about what they do.


As I’ve started working with everyone in the office regularly and talking with them about their projects you start to learn a little about why the company works. Most recently, I worked on a writing a case study for a complex solution to a problem the team solved some months ago. It’s funny hearing what they have to say about it, watching their faces change, and how they talk about what they do. There are slight smirks, daydream glances, and run on sentences that expand into nothing except a faint smile. People often hide how much they care about what they do. It’s hard to really show people what you really care about but. You can’t hide it when you talk about it. Even if it’s small, there’s a bit of spark that shows through.


There are slight smirks, daydream glances, and run on sentences that expand into nothing except a faint smile. People often hide how much they care about what they do.

 

I believe it’s hard to care about something, because of all the obstacles that lay ahead when you set out to achieve a goal. There’s your own creativity to overcome: to just come up with some type of solution, that fits the needs of the project and does so in a beautiful way. When you care about something, the obstacles feel too personal, so it becomes easy to disassociate yourself from the project, make it something separate from your identity. You really can’t do it completely though. When you finish something, there will always be a part of yourself in that project, that logo, or that solution that you will be proud of. When you pass a logo on the street that you did, you’ll smile, if not only internally. You can’t deny yourself that satisfaction, just like you can’t deny yourself the defeating roadblocks that come with caring about something.

The same driving factor behind building a bridge to connect foreign cities drives a team of multifaceted individuals to become a team.


So the question still begs to be answered: what makes people work together? Is it the free coffee (or beer) they get at work, or that social interaction between coworkers. I think those are important, but they don’t satisfy the question. People work together for something because they care about it. The same driving factor behind building a bridge to connect foreign cities drives a team of multifaceted individuals to become a team. Through all the miscommunications there’s a drive to make something greater than themselves: a solution, big or small for the world (or a client).



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