Switchboard Frenzy

Gail Larson
Patient and daughter of Dr. on staff (1943, 1961, 1964, 1965)

 In the late 1940s, my father, Dr. Mastrella, would sometimes bring his four children to the hospital on Sunday mornings. We would wait in the doctor's lounge while he made rounds. The doctors would let the switchboard know that they were in the facility by turning on a light next to their names. We children would have fun by turning all the lights on and off not realizing the havoc we created for the switchboard operator. My sisters, brother and I were all born at St. Mary's and so were all my children.