Lending a hand for children at Mott

Last week’s video blog post was such a hit, we’re going to follow it with a second!  This week, we’re joined by Alfreda Rooks, director of Volunteer Services.  If you’ve spent time in Mott, you might have seen volunteers sharing their time and energy with our patients.  In the below video, Alfreda explains the role of volunteers at Mott and how we’re thinking ahead about volunteer needs and opportunities in the new Mott.

If you’ve been in the hospital before, do you recall any volunteers having made a difference in your stay?  Have you been a volunteer at Mott before?  Tell us your story!

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

Behind the design: Patient rooms – from floor plans to fantastic!

When we started the process of designing the new hospital (it seems like forever ago!!), we engaged over 450 patients, families and staff in helping us make our new hospital GREAT.

We put a particularly large amount of thought and planning into how the new patient rooms should be designed. Just sketching out floor plans and showing them around to people wasn’t enough for us though. Continue reading