Friday, March 8, 2013

CoxHealth receives donation from Disney to benefit hospitalized children

CoxHealth’s Child Life specialists spend their days easing the anxiety of hospitalized children and their families. These professionals are charged with promoting the emotional well-being of our youngest patients, helping them deal with separation from their loved ones, easing their fears, and helping children and families understand the tests and procedures a child might face.

Their rewarding work is made successful in part by the use of toys, stuffed animals, video games, DVDs and more that help children relax and bring a sense of normalcy to their hospital stay. Recently, CoxHealth received a large donation of these items from the Disney Hospital Care Package Program. Each year, Disney provides care packages to more than 600 children’s hospitals around the world. In addition to traditional Disney toys and movies, this year’s package also included health-themed items based on the Disney series “Doc McStuffins.” Child Life distributes many of the items as “rewards” to children following tests and procedures.

To learn more about the CoxHealth Child Life program, click here.