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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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A fighter by the name of “Victor”

In dire circumstances, an extraordinary option for Victor and his family.

Valerie Munguia-Bryan and Mario Bryan knew for months that one of their twin babies would be born with a devastating congenital defect. But they refused to give up hope.

The Saginaw, Michigan, couple was referred to C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital by their hometown physician because of U-M’s expertise in repairing difficult congenital defects and for heart-lung support technology known as extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, or ECMO. Doctors expected the couple’s newborn would need to be placed on ECMO to be kept alive from birth and through surgery to repair the defect. Continue reading

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The new Mott: Wondering what’s in store? Check us out – floor by floor!

November will be here before you know it, but it’s still a bit too soon for most of our employees and friends to get a peek at the inside of the new Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital.  We’ve just added a new feature to our website, though, to give you an idea of approximately where the different units and features of this beautiful new 12-floor hospital will be.  Check it out!

** This tool is designed to give a general idea of where specific clinics and areas are located.  Spaces are approximate.

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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

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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

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It’s a numbers game!

Now that all of our countdown clocks are installed around the hospital, it is striking to boil all the hard work that has been and will be taking place into a string of numbers representing days, hours, minutes and seconds until we move into the new hospital.

The countdown number is one we try to be aware of each day as we work towards our goal, but it’s only one of the many numbers floating around in our minds these days.  Here are a handful of other fun numbers that give you an idea of the immensity of this new hospital – all focused on children and women’s healthcare! Continue reading