Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach opened a brand-new Education Center on Wednesday, April 5. Equipped with TV’s, iPads and educational resources, the Education Center is a dedicated space for patients and their families to receive diagnosis-specific education.
At least 20 percent of all patients who are admitted to a U.S. hospital make a repeat visit within 30 days of discharge due to lack of education. The new Education Center will allow children and their families to receive the support they need to empower them with the skills and confidence to manage their diagnosis as they get back to a state of normalcy after hospitalization.
The Education Center was made possible through a generous donation from the Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach Auxiliary, which is a fundraising group that volunteers and organizes fundraising events to support Miller Children’s.
“We fundraised for the building of the Education Center for over a year,” says Glenda Wycoff, president, Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach Auxiliary. “We’re hoping that by having a quiet, calm center like this, patients and their families can better understand their diagnosis in a less intimidating environment, like a hospital room.”
In addition to educational resources, the Education Center will serve as the new hub for music therapy and in-room entertainment at Miller Children’s. Within the Center, patients have access to a music therapy room filled with instruments and recording equipment giving them an opportunity to express themselves and heal through music.
The Center also includes an in-house green screen where Child Life Specialists will produce a live interactive closed circuit TV show that can be streamed by patients from their bedside.
The Child Life Program at Miller Children’s is dedicated to making the hospital experience more positive for children of all ages. The music room and TV show are just two of the latest tools the team will have to help patients adjust to hospitalization.
“It’s unique for a children’s hospital to have all of these incredible resources in one place,” says Rita Goshert, manager, Child Life Program, Miller Children’s. “We’re so grateful to Miller Children’s Auxiliary for giving us the opportunity to support our patient and families in new and exciting ways.”