Your generous donations to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center Foundation benefit many programs and services at the Medical Center. The Child Life Department at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital is a recipient of your generous funding and provides much needed support and services to children and their families while being treated here. The Department is funded solely through private donations.
Play Activities and Play Therapy
The majority of Child Life Funding is used for the purchase of various toys, games and crafts for patients, infant through twenty-one years old. These play items are used to foster normal growth and development of our patients as well as provide therapy sessions to help them cope with their hospital stay and/or express emotions related to their illnesses. These items are used by our specialists in one of our activity rooms or brought to the patients’ bedside if they are unable to leave their rooms.
Various items to help children cope during procedures are purchased throughout the year. These items are often kept in our treatment rooms and either used with patients during procedures or given to children upon completion of procedures. Such items include toys that are specially designed to distract children while undergoing procedures and incentive gifts that children receive once they are finished with any procedures.
If a patients’ birthday approaches shortly before or during his/her hospital stay our staff is sure to celebrate this special time with the children and families. During birthday celebrations funding is used to purchase birthday treats such as cakes, cookies, cupcakes, balloons, and presents. At times, our staff will arrange birthday parties if children are undergoing prolonged treatment or therapy.
The Child Life Department is responsible for planning various parties throughout the calendar year. These events include a Harvest Party, Winter Holiday Party and Spring Party. Some of the items this funding may support includes food, entertainment and gifts.
Funding helps support character visits on a yearly basis. Favorite childhood characters visit with children on a scheduled monthly basis. These characters are also present during birthday celebrations and they are always invited to annual parties sponsored by our Child Life Department. Characters may also visit with children as an incentive before or after procedures.
Your funding also supports the purchase of technology related items for patients to use during their hospitalization. These items include laptop computers, portable DVD players and electronic gaming systems and games. These items are offered to our patients in our activity rooms as well as at the bedside and provide entertainment and a vital link to friends, family, and school.
In addition to Child Life Services, our department offers an array of activities and therapies that complement Child Life interventions. These include Music Therapy, Artist Therapy, weekly clown visits and horticulture sessions. Funding helps support this programming as well as the supplies needed to perform these activities/therapies such as musical instruments, plants, etc.