Starlight Children’s Foundation® NY*NJ*CT, a non-profit dedicated to improving the life and health of kids and families around the world, has transformed a pediatric treatment room at The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital (BMSCH) at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) from a clinical environment to a warm, serene space that is less frightening for our patients.
Many of BMSCH’s pediatric patients require procedures in treatment rooms. These rooms are often where a child’s most difficult and painful experiences – such as lumbar punctures, IV insertions and blood draws – occur. Thanks to Starlight, RWJUH this week unveiled its new “Starlight® Site Care Room,” which provides a welcoming environment that decreases anxiety, alleviates stress, and soothes and calms our youngest patients.
Led by designer Michele Pooley and with the financial assistance of the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, the “Starlight Site Care Room” provides welcome distraction for our pediatric patients. The layout and décor are bright and colorful. Lining the walls and cabinets are large posters and prints of Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob Square Pants, Toy Story, Hello Kitty and many other recognizable characters. In addition, the treatment room now features color-changing lights along the ceiling and walls, which is most often where children will be looking during exams and treatments.
“Being a child in the hospital is a very difficult experience. At the Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at RWJUH, we address the needs of our patients – medical, psychological, emotional – as well as that of their families, who need just as much care and attention,” said Brian D. Agnew, the Senior Vice President for Development and Executive Director of the RWJ University Hospital Foundation. “The generosity of the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation and the vision of Starlight Children’s Foundation will make the experiences of our pediatric patients less painful and more compassionate. They have helped our patients and families in ways that medicine alone cannot, and for that, we are forever grateful.”
“Hospitals can be frightening places for people, particularly children,” said Michele Hall-Duncan, Executive Director of Starlight Children’s Foundation NY*NJ*CT. “It is only with the help of wonderful donors and caring hospitals that we are able to transform these sterile treatment rooms into colorful and distracting places that support the healing of pediatric patients. We are thankful to the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation and to The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital for enabling us to create this beautiful space that helps promote healing.”
In recognition of their support, a plaque in honor of Starlight Children’s Foundation and the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation will hang inside the new Starlight Site Care Room (on the fifth floor) at BMSCH.