Upstate News

March 7, 1999
Kathleen Paice 315 464-4839

University Hospital celebrates Children and Healthcare Week March 14-20

The special needs of children in healthcare settings will be highlighted March 14 through 20 during Children and Healthcare Week, an annual event sponsored by the Association for the Care of Children’s Health (ACCH).

At University Hospital, special programs are planned throughout the week. Activities will include an ice cream social on March 16 for pediatric staff and families; an informational booth and registration for a free toy raffle outside the cafeteria on the second floor of University Hospital from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 15, 16 and 19; displays of artwork produced by pediatric patients; and a visit to the hospital on March 18 by children from the Health Science Child Care Center. The youngsters will engage in medical play, giving their interpretations of a visit to the hospital by using dolls as patients and playing the roles of physicians and nurses.

Special activities are also planned at University Hospital’s Pediatric and Adolescent Center, located at University Health Care Center, which treats patients on an outpatient basis.

According to Child Life Specialist Janice Whitcombe, “The activities that University Hospital sponsors during Children and Healthcare Week provide pediatric specialists with an opportunity to share the latest information on child care in the clinical setting with the public and with other healthcare professionals.”

The ACCH is a multidisciplinary organization made up of more than 300 hospitals and 3,500 healthcare professionals devoted to improving the ways in which the healthcare community responds to the unique emotional and developmental needs of children.

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