GULFPORT, Miss (01/09/14) – Memorial Hospital recently received a Starlight Fun Center mobile entertainment unit containing the latest gaming system that rolls bedside in hospitals to provide distractive entertainment and therapeutic play for pediatric patients. The unit was donated by Starlight’s Global Office.
For children facing surgery, enduring long outpatient treatments or fighting loneliness after hospital visiting hours have ended, Starlight Fun Center units provide a comforting break and important distraction.
Nurses, physicians, Child Life Specialists and parents report back to Starlight that the system greatly improves the experience of hospitalization for their children.
When Hurricane Katrina devastated the gulf coast in 2005, Starlight Children’s Foundation® donated a Starlight® Fun Center ® to Memorial. “Pediatric patients love the units! All of the games are built-in, which prevents games from scratching. There is also a DVD player if the patient wants to watch movies,” said Erin McCaffrey, Pediatrics staff member at Memorial.
Starlight partners with experts, such as Child Life, to improve the life and health of kids and families around the world. Their signature programs bring distractive therapy and play to pediatric patients.
About Starlight Children’s Foundation Over the past 30 years, Starlight Children’s Foundation has become a leading global charity that partners with experts to improve the life and health of kids and families around the world. Collaborating with innovators in pediatric healthcare, entertainment and technology, Starlight provides a unique blend of family-centered programs and services from hospital to home. Starlight partners with more than 1,750 healthcare facilities in Australia, Canada, Israel, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States, serving millions of children every year. To learn more, visit www.starlight.org, or follow us at facebook.com/StarlightChildrensFoundation and twitter.com/StarlightOnline.
About Memorial Hospital Foundation The mission of the Memorial Hospital Foundation is to assist Memorial in “building a better Memorial.” In particular, to develop philanthropic support for Memorial and to generate a high level of community understanding and involvement in Memorial’s vision, mission, goals and objectives. To learn more about Memorial Hospital Foundation, visit www.memorialhospitalfoundation.com.
Anyone wishing to make a donation to Memorial Hospital Foundation can do so by contacting Sandra Jordan, Memorial Hospital Foundation Donor Marketing Specialist, at 228-865-3419 or email@example.com