Paul Jolly in the video studio with a patient

Mar 03, 2020 / Spotlight

Get to Know our Staff: Paul Jolly, Communications

What is your role at the hospital? 
I am a part of the video team in the Communications department as a video producer. We make clinical and training videos for the medical staff and communicate the mission of the hospital to the outside world. The most fascinating part of our job is telling the stories of the amazing kids we treat here. 
 
What do you enjoy most about Scottish Rite for Children?
I love that there’s so much good that’s done here and so many happy endings. The generous, giving attitude we see in this place tends to bring out the best in people.
 
What was your first job? What path did you take to get here? How long have you worked here?
It’s a bit of a winding path! I grew up a science kid in the space race ‘60’s and became an 8th grade science teacher. After deciding I wanted to follow my interest in media, I worked at a TV station, then a video production company here in Dallas, where I specialized in graphics and animation. Years later, continuing to work in video graphics as a freelancer, I had the opportunity to work on a project for Scottish Rite. I didn’t know much about this place then, but that was a lucky moment. I later jumped at the opportunity to work here full-time and I’ve now been here almost 17 years. The great thing about making videos for the hospital is that I know they are helping people – something I couldn’t be so sure about in the days when I made TV commercials.
 
What’s the coolest or most interesting thing you’re working on right now?
We’re just beginning work on a video for families about osteogenesis imperfecta – stay tuned, I think it will be a good one.
 
What are you currently watching on Netflix?
Actually, I am watching Endeavor on Amazon.
 
What would be the most amazing adventure to go on?
It would be hard to beat the International Space Station.
 
What are some small things that make your day better?
There are a lot of people here at the hospital who impress and inspire me. Being around so many smart, compassionate people makes me want to be better. And the food is very good.
 
What is special about the place you grew up?
Lawton, OK is down the road from the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, where there is good rock climbing and the bison roam free.

What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not working?
My wife might tell you that my not working looks a lot like my working – making things on the computer. I like music, playing the guitar, electronics, photography and a little bike riding.

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