The refurbished playroom at Children’s Hospital University Illinois has been enhanced with fresh paint, new lighting and cabinets, comfortable furniture, a state-of-the-art gaming system and audiovisual equipment, a built-in dollhouse, a Lego wall, an area specially designed for infants and a dishwasher to sanitize toys, among other modern amenities. The space was also upgraded for easier access by patients with physical disabilities so they are able to enjoy the room with their families and fellow patients.
A generous donation from Northwestern University Dance Marathon is providing funding for 11 major projects in the Chicago-area that include a therapy gym, two playrooms, five treatment rooms, an activity room, an outdoor pavilion and a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) family room.
Our community partner, Camp Korey, honors the courage, strength and determination of children living with serious illness. Camp Korey is 100% free to all campers and families, and supports more than 30 major medical condition groups and thousands of children and families.
Currently, Starlight is investing in a significant program at Camp Korey along with one of our corporate partners. More information will be shared here as the project is completed so comeback soon!
The renovated dialysis unit at The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center will provide a positive, kid-friendly healing environment for patients families dealing with lengthy dialysis treatments and frequent hospital visits. The enhanced space includes a state-of-the-art wireless sound system, iPad stands for hands-free entertainment, flat-screen televisions on the ceiling for patients recovering from surgery, an interactive floor and bubble walls, new comfortable furniture and two Starlight Fun Center units.
“Our priority is our patients and providing them the highest quality care,” said Jon Hayes, CEO of The Children’s Hospital. “This means focusing on the healing of the whole child, and we’re grateful to Astellas USA Foundation and Starlight Children’s Foundation for embracing this goal with us by helping enhance and beautify the dialysis unit.”
Every year, Radio Flyer donates and ships its classic red wagons to hundreds of Starlight community partners across the US. Hospital staff use the wagons in place of other medical transport to move children around the hospital. The wagons are used to transport children to playrooms, appointments, cafeteria and other locations around the hospital. Wheelchairs are sometimes too large for the smallest patients, making the wagons fun as well as functional.
“You can’t walk the halls of the hospital without seeing multiple red wagons in use. They are used to help transport patients, carry personal items to and from a family’s car and to provide a distraction to patients and siblings during a stressful time. Red wagons are one of the ways in which we can bring a smile to a child’s face.” - Enid Olvey, CFRE, Director of Development Arkansas Children's Hospital Foundation.
Starlight partners with top companies and brands to provide innovative technologies that advance children’s health.
STARLIGHT FUN CENTER UNITS
Nintendo and Starlight bring the healing power of play to tens of thousands of children and families through the Starlight Fun Center® mobile entertainment unit. Used by patients and families in many countries, Fun Centers offer distraction and a sense of normalcy to children experiencing a health challenge.
STARLIGHT AND VGO ROBOTS
VGo robots offer the convenience and ease of telecommuting into a school or healthcare setting. Remote control access with 2-way video and audio puts students back in the classroom and gives doctors and nurses the ability to care for patients over long distances.
For more information about partnering with Starlight, please contact us.