Hess Memorial Hospital Auxiliary makes donation to improve ER for children

To better meet the needs of patients, Mile Bluff’s Emergency Department has undergone some remodeling. In addition to creating new office space for providers, the waiting room received a fresh coat of paint, new art work, and a children’s activity area. A triage room was also made to allow for additional privacy when a patient initially comes to the Emergency Department.

“Our remodeling improves the experience for our youngest visitors, and increases the privacy for all patients,” explained Sharon Warden, Emergency Department Director. “When we were remodeling the space, we wanted to provide a calming atmosphere. This is why we chose to paint the waiting area a with a ‘soft’ blue-gray color. The pediatric play space helps to keep our young patients and visitors busy while waiting, which in turn decreases anxiety for parents and children.”

As parents may know, taking children to the Emergency Department can be a stressful event for everyone involved. “We see many children in our department, both as patients and as family members. The challenge with children in the Emergency Department is distracting them through a waiting period,” said Sharon. “The new children’s area provides space for them to play games and to keep busy.”

With funds donated by the Hess Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, a Touch2Play Pro was purchased, along with furniture, for the pediatric space. “The Touch2Play Pro is a tablet system that has pre-loaded games for various age group,” explained Sharon.

The changes have been well received by patients. “Kids love the games, and now the biggest issues is convincing little ones that they need to leave the waiting area for their appointment,” added Sharon. “I love to see parents and kids sitting at the table playing games while they wait.”

“I really appreciate having the support of the auxiliary. The donation helps us meet the needs of our smallest patients,” said Sharon. “Their support shows that the auxiliary cares about helping our patients at their most vulnerable moments.”

Over the years, the Hess Memorial Hospital Auxiliary has donated over $1 million to support Mile Bluff Medical Center. Thanks to the group’s help in donations, Mile Bluff has been able to continue meeting the ever-evolving needs of patients and residents.