Comforting Young Patients

Sponsored by:

St. Luke’s Wood River Foundation

Project Champion:

kristin McMahon

What are the appropriate grade levels:

K through 12

Is there a limit to the number of participants:

3 classes

Is there an opportunity for community service:


Is this a new or existing project:


Estimated project cost:




If you have ever been a patient at the hospital, you know how scary and uncomfortable it can be. Our nurses would like a collection of books and small stuffed animals that they can give to children to comfort them during their time in the emergency room. Students will be involved to help choose their favorite books and select small stuffed animals that will be given to our young patients to take home with them. In addition, the children’s toy in the ER waiting area is ready to be updated. We would like the students to capture the process of their generosity at work by creating a “Why We Give” video highlighting their giving and speaking to the importance of Emergency Services to our community (“What the hospital means to me”).

The intended outcome of this project is the enhancement of the patient experience, a better understanding of the hospital for students, and community engagement in generosity. Students will be invited to tour the Emergency Department and the hospital to familiarize them with the hospital and learn more about the importance of emergency services. They will be invited to deliver their gifts and experience the impact of their gift at work.

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