The importance of teambuilding took on a whole new meaning when Magnovo worked with Abiomed in Cambridge, Massachusetts. We planned on a leisurely July 4th holiday. But it became a different kind of celebration. A celebration of resilience and courage!
Abiomed is a medical technology pioneer in the field of cardiology. It was established in 1981 to create the first artificial heart. Today the company is a leading manufacturer of medical implant devices for circulatory support.
Their mission statement says it all: “Recovering hearts and saving lives is the founding principle and guiding compass of our organization.”
The importance of teambuilding in healing
Based in Cambridge, they’ve had their own personal trials recovering from the heartbreak of the terrorist bombing at the Boston Marathon in 2013. It only took a few seconds on April 15 for life in Boston to change forever. Three people died. And nearly 300 others suffered injuries. Many lost limbs. Life before those bombs detonated vanished.
For most of the 15 participants in our workshop, the memories are still fresh. Each recounted stories of loved ones who competed that day. And the trauma of that experience still pulsates throughout the region.
The recovery process has been a slow but steady one. The resilience of the Boston- Cambridge community was obvious everywhere we went. This is undoubtedly why the importance of teambuilding is at the core of Abiomed’s corporate culture.
The importance of teambuilding in giving
We met at the Boston Marriott Cambridge Hotel in a room named “Endeavor.” What a suitably named venue for this group of courageous scientists, doctors, and technicians.
Their choice of our Rescue Buddies Charitable Teambuilding Workshop was equally profound. These stuffed animals provide comfort and security to traumatized children who need help with the healing process.
Many of these kids have survived a life-altering trauma like a fire, flood, or other calamity. All of the Abiomed teammates were able to relate to the children’s need for emotional support.
A birth certificate and a colorful backpack accompany each huggable Rescue Buddy. Police officers, paramedics, and other first responders make sure they arrive at their forever homes.
Abiomed’s Rescue Buddies were given to the Cambridge Health Alliance for distribution to children in the Cambridge community.
The workshop reinforced the importance of teambuilding to the Abiomed staff. It also showcased the strength and community spirit to the recipients as well.
Professionally and personally, Abiomed literally is “all heart.”