A Father’s Day Story

It’s Father’s Day every day for family working at UC Medical Center.


Chris Droege and his wife, Molly, have an “in” when it comes to getting things fixed.

With Chris’s father, Don Droege, on UC Medical Center’s maintenance and electrical team, a formal “work order” isn’t always in order.

“I wouldn’t say I take advantage of the fact that he works here,” says Chris with a grin. “But it is nice to know I can call on him and he is quick to help in any way he can.”

Don, a U.S. Navy veteran who served three tours in Vietnam, retired from Cincinnati Bell after 30 years of service. Not content to “sit around,” as he puts it, he followed up on a job lead at UC Medical Center and has served on the maintenance team now for more than 15 years.

Always at the ready, Don is the go-to guy for almost any fix, and is always on hand to set up audio technology at hospital events.

“At almost 72, he comes in and owns it,” says Chris, who recalls the many after-hours and weekend calls his dad has taken to ensure lights stay on and doors work properly. “It’s easy to underestimate the impact non-clinical roles, like his, have on patient care and the patient experience. But they are absolutely critical.”

“I try to say yes any time I think I can help,” says Don, who, in June 2017, flipped his infamous baseball cap backwards and sat down to iron a table cloth for an on-campus international press event.

While Don’s role couldn’t be more different than those of his son and daughter-in-law—both inpatient clinical pharmacy specialists—the three are often a quick walk away from one another as they move about the floors of UC Medical Center.

“We don’t see each other as much as you might expect,” Molly says. “But I love when he pokes in to see how my day is going.”

doeges familyThe three will surely see each other on Father’s Day, when Don will be honored during a low-key family dinner.

Don will also get to say a happy Father’s Day to Chris, himself a dad to 2-year-old son, Joseph, and 10-month-old daughter, Hannah—both Baby Bearcats born at UC Medical Center.



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