Last week, our Child Life department celebrated its 40th anniversary at a party for patients and families with cake, games and other fun activities. To mark this milestone, we thought it’d fun to look back on four decades of dedicated service. Where it All Started In June 1974, Sally Francis was hired for a two-year pilot […]
At Children’s Medical Center, when a teddy bear has surgery, patients like 5-year-old Nicole Martinez get to learn about their own medical journey in a way they can understand. Plus, it’s a lot of fun, a part of childhood in short supply for many patients in the hospital. Pamela the Bear Visits Children’s Patients at […]
Any father of a teenage daughter is likely to be familiar with “the look.” “That look said, ‘Dad, this is something you must do,’” says Longview businessman Ken Chinn, recalling being on the receiving end of “the look” from his daughter Tara, a patient at Children’s. The pair was at the hospital where Tara has […]
Kenneth Chinn, father of Children’s patient Tara Chinn, donated guitars to patients and the Children’s Music Therapy program and also brought up and coming singer/songwriter Matthew Davidson to entertain patients. Learn more about the 11 guitars donated.
Music therapy is Emma Lock’s favorite pastime during her chemotherapy treatments at the hospital. Emma’s eyes light up whenever she sees Annie Cross, one of the music therapists at Children’s, come into her infusion room. Music therapy helped alleviate some anger problems Emma was having early on in her treatment, her mom, Sarah, says. “It […]
Medical play is a way for our child life specialists to help children cope with their hospital stay. Watch child life specialist Crystal Wilkins help 4-year-old Alyssa Daggs, a patient in the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, learn about her medical procedures with a special doll.
Our Funnyatrics Program includes eight clowns who work at Children’s with one purpose – to lighten the load for patients, families, employees and anyone else who crosses their path. Whether it’s a child who needs to be soothed before going into surgery or a teen whose spirits need lifting, the clowns are available five days a week. Watch […]
Child Life specialists at Children’s use a variety of methods to help children cope while they are at the hospital. Teddy Bear clinics are just one of the many ways children are able to feel empowered and in control of their situation. I recently watched children go through a special kind of healing process as they lined […]
Spirit Halloween volunteers brought the spirit of the holiday to our patients. From face painting to games, patients at Children’s Medical Centergot a break from their treatments to enjoy the treats of Halloween! And thanks to generous donations from our community, kids stuck in the hospital during the holiday season could even pick out a […]
Tiffany Riley (a.k.a. Dr. Slappy) Leader of Children’s Funnyatrics Clown Program ROUGH START: “When the Funnyatrics program began seven years ago at Children’s, it was hard for the medical staff to trust us; they had no idea what we were going to do or say. But over time they saw we were part of the […]