By Theresa Edwards Makrush
Blue skies above and gently curving ribbons of blues and greens on the walls and floor welcome our youngest patients in the newly renovated recovery room. It is a serene, private oasis designed to calm the senses as families and the medical team tend to their children who are waking from anesthesia.
At the same time the environment welcomes imaginative play as children arrive and settle in for their daily proton therapy. A nook filled with toys and games allows patients, siblings and parents to relax and have fun together.
“The soft lighting and soothing color palette and design has transformed the space that was formerly sterile and clinical into a tranquil area that is child friendly, welcoming and calming,” said Amy Sapp, director of pediatric nursing. “The space has a positive impact on both the medical and psychosocial well-being of the children and their families by decreasing anxiety and stress related to the various medical procedures encountered on a daily basis as well as providing an area for play and distraction.”
The $250,000 renovation was made possible through the generous support of many donors. “Thanks to all who contributed in large and small ways through the UFHPTI For the Children Fund. And thanks to our volunteers, many who are alumni patients, who have championed this fundraising effort,” said Stuart Klein, executive director.
The pediatric program has many ongoing needs in order to maintain the exceptional level of care that has made it one of the largest pediatric proton therapy programs in the world. To make a donation to the pediatric program, click here. Or contact Molly Dworkin, director of development, firstname.lastname@example.org.