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Daily activities, therapeutic play areas in the “kids living zone” Take children and families to a better space

Jason Grahame, Eugene Frenkel, Lazar Finker and Caitlin Stella

January 24, 2022 – Hospitals can be scary places for children, and their parents too, but the new “Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Child Life Zone” being built at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital aims to change all that. .

The estate, which will be part of the 8and floor of the expanded facility, will feature a daily itinerary of activities and exhibits for children of all ages, expressive and therapeutic play areas, production space for in-house “Joe D. TV” programming, and venues open to host yoga, music, art and special events.

“Our job as child life specialists is to reduce fear and anxiety and having a place we have designed for this purpose will allow us to get children out of their hospital rooms into a better space” , said Shannon Bajwa, head of infant life at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. “They will have the opportunity to be themselves and not just their medical diagnosis.”

The Child Life Zone, made possible in part by a generous donation from the Finker-Frenkel Family Foundation, will be the 14and genre in the United States While each is unique in theme and programming, the goal is to create designated areas for therapeutic play, relaxation, and interaction while forming a network of community life specialists. child who can connect and learn from each other. “Part of our goal has been to create a community of child life professionals. They are the everyday miracle workers who create mind-blowing moments with patients that otherwise would not have happened, and we want to support their efforts in any way we can,” said Jason Grahampresident of Teammates for Kids.

Bajwa says the Child Life Zone will allow her team to “meet children at their level,” which fits perfectly with the children’s hospital’s existing “Power of Play” philosophy. Additionally, patients will be able to explore and learn about hospital experiences in a medical play space, take STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) classes, and engage in therapeutic activities and exhibits that stimulate light, touch and sound.

A Child Life Coordinator will oversee the area and extend its programming throughout the hospital, allowing even those who do not come to its 8and ground floor the opportunity to benefit from its impact.

The partnership with Teammates for Kids and the significant donation made by the Finker-Frenkel Family Foundation support the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation’s “Catch the Love” fundraising campaign. The fundraising effort will cover a significant portion of the estimated $170 million cost to expand the children’s hospital from four stories to eight, a construction project that is expected to be completed in the fall of 2022. In addition to the child’s living area, the expanded Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital will add state-of-the-art patient rooms, hybrid cardiac operating rooms, additional surgical and interventional radiology suites, intensive care units and intensive cardiac care and an intraoperative MRI.

Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital is one of the nation’s leading pediatric hospitals, offering a full range of health care services and programs in a caring, compassionate setting designed specifically for children. A Level 1 trauma center, it combines state-of-the-art technology, the expertise of board-certified specialists, and a patient and family-centered approach to heal the body, mind, and spirit of those it serves. hit.

The hospital’s nonprofit foundation focuses on philanthropy to positively impact patients, families, and underwrite programs, facilities, and equipment that support the pediatric facility’s mission.

To learn more about Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, visit jdch.com and connect with @jdchospital on Facebook, TwitterYouTube and Instagram.

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