ON THE JOB TRAINING: Children experience what it’s like to be an MGH surgeon at the health fair.
Children in Health Care Week highlights good health and fun Hundreds of children from the across the area took part in the annual MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) "Children in Health Care Week" April 26 through 30. The week featured a variety of events for children, including the hospital's youngest patients, such as jewelry making, a visit with the MGH pet therapy dogs, an ice cream social and a stop at the annual MGHfC Children's Health Fair in the Bulfinch Tents.
This year's Children's Health Fair featured the theme "It's Easy to Be Green: Healthy Earth, Healthy Kids" and took place with help from 280 MGHfC volunteers who staffed 44 educational booths where children learned how their bodies work, how to keep themselves healthy and how to care for the earth. Special guests included representatives from Radio Disney, who entertained participants, and the Massachusetts State Fire Marshall's Office, who shared information about fire safety.
Each year during Children in Health Care Week, five MGHfC staff members receive Family-Centered Care Awards. Recipients are nominated by their colleagues for exemplifing the highest standards of family-centered care.
"These awards are really a way to give special thanks to our MGHfC staff members who excel as partners in the care of our young patients," says Judy Newell, RN, nursing director of Ellison 17, 18 and Child Life. "Those selected are known for treating our patients and their family members with dignity, collaboration and respect. This year, for the first time, parents of pediatric patients and members of the Pediatric Family Advisory Council were involved in the award selection process."
Another highlight of Children in Health Care Week was the April 27 MGHfC grand rounds. Parent Carole Trainor discussed "A Case of Parent-Provider Communication." Trainor's son, Stephen, was a cancer patient treated by a team of caregivers led by Howard Weinstein, MD, chief of MGHfC’s Hematology-Oncology Unit. She discussed her son's care at the hospital and the importance of effective communication among her, her son and his care providers. For more information about Children's Health Care Week, contact Mary Louise Kelleher, RN, BSN, MS, at email@example.com.