What do you want people to know about Mitchell?
FRANKIE: He’s a nice guy to get along with and, like I said, I’ve known him all these years. And he’s the best of the best since I’ve been working here that I know and that I’ve worked with. We used to go to car races together, down in Englishtown, New Jersey. We had some good times.
OK, back to food. Doesn’t someone have a funny ice cream story?
FRANKIE: Oh, yeah, that’s Mitch.
MITCHELL: My first position at the hospital was running ice cream cups from the kitchen to patient rooms, floors 12 through 17. I’d take my tray with about 10 or 15 cups on it, go up to the 12th floor, make my deliveries, and then go back downstairs to restock. I couldn’t use the elevator because, if I had to wait, the ice cream would melt. So I ran up and down those stairs with my tray, bringing desserts to the patients. It didn’t bother me, but I was much younger at that time … he’s a year older.
FRANKIE: Don’t rub it in the ground, man.
MITCHELL: I’m the young one here.
You’ve said working here feels like a family. How so?
FRANKIE: At NewYork-Presbyterian, you can be anything you want to be. You can go from bottom to top. You can be a nurse, a doctor, a whatever. It’s up to you. You can climb. You don’t have to stay in one place and that’s a good thing.
MITCHELL: A lot of people start out working as a tray carrier, and now they are nurses. I know a lot of people that left [the kitchen] and went on to be nurses.
What’s the key to living a long life?
MITCHELL: To me, it’s don’t worry. Don’t worry about stressing. I avoid stress. I don’t let nothing stress me. If something stresses me, I just leave it alone.
FRANKIE: My problems, I try to keep them to myself and work them out. Because sometimes, when you talk to someone else about it, it makes it worse than it really is. You just need to take it easy.
What is something you have learned from each other over the years?
FRANKIE: I learned respect, and he’s given respect in return. And that we get along good, and we understand each other.
MITCHELL: I’ve learned the same. We always get along. I don’t think about anything else but being his friend and him being my friend. I’m here for him and he’s there for me.