Foundation Receives Com Ed Grant
To Provide Comfort Carts to Pediatrics Departments
WINFIELD, Ill., August 15, 2007 — Central DuPage Health Foundation was recently awarded $15,000 from ComEd to purchase four “Comfort Carts” to support the Children’s Memorial at Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) Child Life Program. These “Comfort Carts” will help keep young patients occupied while receiving treatment in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
Using play and psychological preparation as primary tools, the Child Life team facilitates coping and adjustment at times and under circumstances that might prove overwhelming—reducing anxiety, creating normalcy and promoting healing.
The team is comprised of Child Life Specialists and numerous volunteers. The specialists have training and education in child life, child development and behavioral sciences. The volunteers provide support under the direction of the Child Life Specialist.
“We rely on ‘Comfort Carts’ every day,” says Child Life Therapy Coordinator Sara Muller. “Items in it range from interactive toys for babies to books and videos for older patients. We are so thankful that ComEd has chosen our program to support. Having these kinds of items available truly make a difference in the patient’s stress level.”
“Comfort Carts” come equipped with an assortment of tools designed to help children during medical procedures, and are designed to be easily brought to the child’s bedside. Examples of the tools include bubble machines, relaxation balls, handheld games, music (e.g., nature sounds, classical and age-specific CDs) and infant vibrating toys.
Through the use of a “Comfort Cart,” a child life specialist can work in tandem with the physician, child’s family and other members of the medical team to ease a child’s fear and apprehension as a procedure, like an injection or blood test, is administered.
“I’m so proud that we could bring these two organizations together in such a meaningful way,” said Sharon Hillman, ComEd vice president of marketing and environmental programs. “The comfort carts are meeting an immediate need for young patients as they endure treatments that are often very difficult.”
The mission of the Central DuPage Health Foundation reflects a deeply held philosophy that improved healthcare begins with people. It is their goal to ensure that the dedicated doctors, nurses and caregivers throughout CDH continue to have the resources necessary to deliver top-quality, patient-centered care to every generation in every one of our communities.
Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd) is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), one of the nation’s largest electric utilities with approximately 5.4 million customers. ComEd provides service to approximately 3.8 million customers across Northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the state’s population.
About Central DuPage Hospital
Central DuPage Hospital is a nationally recognized 361-bed facility located in Winfield, Illinois, a suburb west of Chicago. Through its affiliation with Children’s Memorial Hospital, Central DuPage Hospital offers a full range of inpatient services including a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit staffed continuously by appropriate CDH medical staff specialists. In the Children’s Memorial at Central DuPage Hospital Pediatric Outpatient Center, parents have access to a wide range of pediatric sub-specialists, including those in cardiology, neurology, otolaryngology, allergy/immunology, hematology/oncology, urology and surgery.
The hospital is part of an interdependent network of health-care organizations and services, including convenient care centers, occupational health services and a full range of options for senior living, home health and hospice care. For more information or to find a doctor, visit www.cdh.org or call (630) 933-4CDH.