March 12, 2004 – Dr. Beverly Banks Randall, director of the Roy Lester Schneider Hospital's neonatal intensive care unit, is a featured personality in a national women's magazine.
Lifetime Magazine, a publication affiliated with Lifetime Television, sent two professional photographers to St. Thomas this week for a photo shoot in the hospital.
"The focus of the article will be about confident women and the challenges they face in their life," said Elizabeth Boyle, Lifetime photo editor. "We have a total of seven women we are featuring in the May issue in a series called 'Intimate Portraits,'" she said.
The issue will be on the newsstands in April.
Dr. Banks obtained her bachelor's degree from Duke University and doctorate and medical degrees from John Hopkins Medical School. After completing her studies, she performed her pediatrics residency at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, considered one of the premier medical facilities for children in the world. There, she says she quickly found her love: taking care of the smallest premature babies. She continued on at Children's Hospital as a fellow in neonatology, then as an attending physician.
Her story attracted Lifetime because she chose to trade a "high-powered" job for a "less aggressive" career on a small island in the Caribbean.
"Most women probably would not want to leave a high-profile job at a major academic center in the States to move to the Virgin Islands in the pursuit of having a family, but that's what I did," Dr. Banks said. She is married to Alex Randall, the "Good News Guy" on WSTA Radio.
"Yes, I am now practicing a somewhat simpler type of neonatology at the Schneider Hospital, but we are making a difference here and have saved the lives of several premature newborns," Dr. Banks said. "I work with a great group of nurses and staff and we are doing our best for each baby, one baby at a time. We see miracles happen every day."
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