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Child Life Specialists – Playing to Heal


In the design of our pediatric unit we used patient feedback to create a comfortable and functional environment for children to receive care and to heal. Children’s artwork lines the halls; there are comfortable nooks for reading, areas to play outside, a playroom and even a huge indoor tree to gather underneath. The area is beautiful, but there is at…

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Mega Raffle funding needed equipment for pediatric therapy


Tasks as simple as grabbing something off the floor, or tying a pair of shoes can spell a supersized challenge for a young patient fresh off spine surgery. The TMC Mega Raffle is funding much-needed supplies for TMC’s occupational therapists to use for pediatric inpatients. Patients at TMC for Children now receive tools that help them maintain their spinal precautions while they…

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Facing down a Type One Diabetes diagnosis – Ella's story

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When your child is diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes your life changes overnight. Judy Liphman shares her daughter Ella’s story: A visit to the Emergency Department “Ella was just 3 ½ years old, and it was a seemingly normal Friday morning.  My husband, Bill, was getting us up and ready for the day, Ella was enjoying her cup of coffee….I…

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A little red Corvette and a license to drive – Making surgery a little less scary


Seven-year-old Abigail has a license to drive and a little red Corvette to get her from pre-op to the operating room. And who doesn’t want a red corvette? The red Power Wheels Corvette is garaged in the Main Surgery area on the 2nd floor. A donation several years ago from anesthesiologists of Old Pueblo Anesthesia, the Corvette is driven by…

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Our Thatcher High School Homecoming Royalty


For Britny Beals, the timing couldn’t have been worse. The Thatcher High School senior is settling into her final year of school before she goes to college. State playoffs for her volleyball team are in three weeks. And her peers recently selected her to Homecoming Court. TMC Child Life Specialists helped Beals celebrate Thatcher High School’s Homecoming Excitement had been…

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Toy story: Tucson teens help bring smiles to pint-sized patients


To a child in the hospital a simple toy can make all the difference in their world.  It can help them cope with what’s going on, provide an appropriate distraction, and help them realize that the hospital is not an entirely scary place.  Lucy Bittner and Nikki Johnson know this first-hand.  Both spent time in the hospital when they were younger, and…

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What is in Melinda's Backpack?


“Dora and her backpack” is how the Child Life Specialists are lovingly referred to by some of the Ambulatory Surgery staff. And what a treasure trove of wonders that backpack and the Child Life Specialists are. Like a magician’s hat, the backpack seems almost bottomless. Melinda Rowe, Child Life Specialist, took time to share just what is in the backpack…

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Taking the Scary out of Surgery

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For a 3-year-old child, or even a 15-year-old child, surgery can be scary. The child is in an unfamiliar environment, surrounded by bright lights, people dressed in funny garb, and some impressive looking machinery which beeps and whirs. And that is before being subjected to the needles, masks and the general invasive poking and prodding that is necessitated by surgery.…

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Hello, It's Nice to Meet You – Jenna Teso, Child Life Specialist

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No-one wants to have to bring their child to the Emergency Department, but our doctors and staff are dedicated to making your child’s experience the best it can be. As a Child Life Specialist Jenna is a crucial member of the staff, supporting and empowering your child during their Emergency Department experience. Meet Jena.  How long have you been in…

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