WVU Children’s Hospital dedicates outdoor play area
 (from left to right) Jared Hartsock, Cheryl Jones, Dalton America (in wagon), Patricia Dillard with son, Tyis Beafore, and Nita Hennen attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for WVU Children's Hospital outdoor play area on July 18, 2007. The open-air play space has battery-powered toy cars, a tic-tac toe board and a basketball hoop with three rims at different heights.

West Virginia University Children’s Hospital held a pirate-themed party and dedication for its new outdoor play area July 18 at noon.

Hospital staff, local business owners, parents and children attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Since 2005, WVU Children’s Hospital and a team of community members have collaborated to develop this play area project.

The outdoor play area is safely situated within Children’s Hospital; staff members and parents can closely observe from inside or sit outdoors with their children. The play area surface is covered with a protective foam layer, so children may not be as prone to the usual scrapes and bruises while they play.

The playground is part of the Child Life Program at Children’s Hospital. The program helps children cope with the stress of hospitalization and recognizes the importance of play.

According to Children’s Hospital Director Cheryl Jones, parents surveyed through the Child Life Program expressed a 100 percent satisfaction rate with the new outdoor play area.

“Parents have responded so positively to the play area,” Jones said, “This should decrease stress levels for staff and parents while also encouraging the children to come out of their rooms more often.”

After the dedication, guests were treated to Cold Stone Creamery ice cream.

For more information on WVU Children’s Hospital, contact (304) 598-4305 or visit http://www.wvukids.com.

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For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, (304) 293-1412
dc: 07-19-07

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