Gamers Outreach brings their ‘A’ game to Mott

Video game charity donates two gaming systems, carts to C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital

University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital patient Kyle Sexton plays a video game using one of the Gamers Outreach Foundation's GO Karts. It was Kyle's first time using the Go Kart.

Kyle Nicholson escapes from his seventh floor room in the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital through an Xbox.

Nicholson, of Shelby Township, Mich., is battling leukemia and has been at Mott for about four weeks. He says the video game system recently stationed in his room – along with his favorite game, “Madden NFL 11,” – helps him pass the time.

“The screen is very nice,” he says. “It gives me something to do instead of just watch TV all day.”

The Xbox helping to take Nicholson’s mind off of treatment is located on one of two portable video game kiosks donated to Mott by the Gamers Outreach Foundation, a nonprofit charity organization that uses video games to help others.

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Yes, even milkshakes are up for discussion!

Our Patient & Family Centered Care team helps make sure the voices of patients and families are reflected in everything we do.  Program coordinator Kelly Parent facilitates a number of committees where parents and families weigh in on everything from what we serve in the dining area to how we will more patients into the new hospital.  Watch this video to hear Kelly explain how families get involved! Continue reading

Taking care of yourself, while we’re taking care of your little hero.

Imagine all the things running through your mind on a regular basis when it comes to your children.  Now imagine how much more complicated things could become when your child is ill.  The last thing on a parent’s mind is usually their own well being.  Ironically, that does no good for the parent or the child, who needs their parents at full strength to help them through this process.

When we designed our new hospital, we wanted to make sure we make it as easy as possible for parents and family members to take care of themselves while we’re taking care of their child. Continue reading

Family-centered care at the new Mott

Did you know Mott’s Child and Family Life program was the first of it’s kind in the nation? Since 1922, Mott has had a child and family life team in place to reduce the negative psychological, social and emotional impacts of hospitalization that affect the well-being of our patients and their families.

This week we’re switching things up a little and turning our blog post into a “video post” featuring Dan Fischer from our Child and Family Life Services to tell us a bit about Child and Family Life, and some of the neat features patients and families can expect when we move into our new hospital in November 2011. Continue reading