December 13, 2010 Contact: Matt Splett
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COLUMBIA, Mo. — At MU Children’s Hospital, the adolescent activity room is an escape from the everyday reality of being in a hospital.
Thanks to a $15,000 grant from the Alicia Rose “Victorious” Foundation, the activity room now has new technology to entertain teenagers during their hospital stays.
The grant helped MU Children’s Hospital purchase a flat-screen television, an electronic jukebox featuring today’s most popular songs, a computer with Internet access, the latest in video game technology including a PlayStation® 3 and Rock Band®, along with other features that help make a child’s hospital stay more enjoyable.
“Our activity room is a popular place for our adolescent patients to relax and have fun, while taking their mind off their illness,” said Merideth Lehman, child life coordinator at MU Children’s Hospital. “Thanks to the grant from the Alicia Rose ‘Victorious’ Foundation, we’ve been able to update the room with the same electronic games and activities that teenagers enjoy outside the hospital.”
The Alicia Rose “Victorious” Foundation is dedicated to bringing hope, excitement and entertainment to teens who are receiving hospital treatment. Founded in 2002, the foundation honors Alicia Rose DiNatale, a young teen who fought and lost her battle with cancer.
In addition to the new technology purchased through the Alicia Rose “Victorious” Foundation grant, MU Children’s Hospital’s adolescent patients are enjoying the comforts of an expanded activity room at the new MU Women’s and Children’s Hospital.
In September, MU Children’s Hospital relocated its inpatient pediatric services and several hospital-based clinics from University Hospital to MU Women’s and Children’s Hospital. The new location includes 100 percent private patient rooms, a new 13-bed pediatric intensive care unit and a child-friendly lobby dedicated to welcoming children and their families. As a part of the move, Children’s Hospital expanded its pediatric and adolescent playrooms to include more age-specific games, toys and activities.