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New Playroom of Hope sibling care space opening at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin

September 14, 2015

Ribbon-cutting ceremony with key donors is Sept. 17, at 3:30 p.m.

MILWAUKEE – Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new, state-of-the-art sibling care room, Playroom of Hope, on Thursday, Sept. 17, at 3:30 p.m. in its new home on the hospital’s second floor. Playroom of Hope was made possible through the generous fundraising efforts of the Wallace family, whose daughter Nevaeh Wallace received care at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin before passing away from a severe heart defect.

The new sibling care space was designed with input from the hospital’s child life and expressive therapies team. These teams work within the hospital to help children and teens cope with their hospital stay by normalizing the experience through play, socialization, preparation and support during medical procedures and by creating a safe and healing environment to promote self-expression and provide emotional support. The new sibling care space features a smart board that children can draw on and then print or download their creations to share with their sibling, several reading nooks and a quiet room that can be utilized for  all members of child life and expressive therapies to have a space to meet with a sibling one-on-one. It will also house the hospital’s expressive therapies team, which offers art and music therapy for patients and siblings throughout the hospital and as part of a bridge program with Ronald McDonald House Charities, which has a location across the street from Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s sibling care program is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. More than 660 siblings have utilized the program so far in 2015.

What: Photos and interview opportunities will be available at the ribbon-cutting ceremony with:
  • The Wallace family (mother Jamie, father Matt and Neveah’s siblings)
  • Maggie Butterfield, director of patient amenities and family services at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
  • Mary Fitzgerald, sibling care specialist at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

When:  The ribbon cutting is taking place Thursday, Sept. 17, at 3:30 p.m. Programming will be available in the new space beginning Monday, Sept. 21.

Where: The new Playroom of Hope sibling care room, located on the second floor of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s west tower. **Media outlets interested in covering this event need to contact Lynn Sheka at (414) 266=3056 or (414) 499-5157 to be granted visitor access to the hospital.**

About Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is the region’s only independent health care system dedicated solely to the health and well-being of children. The hospital, with locations in Milwaukee and Neenah, Wisconsin, is recognized as one of the leading pediatric health care centers in the United States. It is ranked in nine specialty areas in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015-16 Best Children’s Hospitals report. Children’s provides primary care, specialty care, urgent care, emergency care, community health services, foster and adoption services, child and family counseling, child advocacy services and family resource centers. In 2013, Children’s invested more than $105 million in the community to improve the health status of children through medical care, advocacy, education and pediatric medical research. Children’s achieves its mission in part through donations from individuals, corporations and foundations and is proud to be a member of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. For more information, visit the website at chw.org.
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