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Mega Raffle funding needed equipment for pediatric therapy

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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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Send in the Clowns – Laughter is the Best Medicine

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Dr.Hocus and Dr. Smile-A-Lot bumble into the Family Room. Smiles and laughter are already filtering through into the pediatric unit and the clown doctors’ red noses aren’t yet firmly attached. Founded by Ralf Donsky, the Laughing Doctors of ClownCare, bring joy and laughter into the young patients’ lives at TMC for Children every other Saturday.  For Dr. Hocus, (John Coppin,…

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Tohono O'odham Cultural Leader Explains How the Coyote Saved the Saguaro

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Children in the pediatric unit at Tucson Medical Center on Wednesday learned all about the role the tricky coyote played in helping the saguaro spread throughout the desert – which was perhaps only fitting, since the stately cactus adorns TMC’s logo. Bernard Siquieros, the curator of education for the Tohono O’odham Nation Cultural Center and Museum, kicked off a reading…

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Astronomy, eclipses and science in the Pediatric Wing

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On Sunday, TMC for Children staff made sure that the children on the unit didn’t miss the rare solar eclipse that occurred between 5:30pm to sunset. They made an “eclipse viewing box” and brought the kids outside for a viewing … Once again proving that being in the hospital doesn’t mean you have to miss out on events like solar…

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WARNING: Not telling your child about an upcoming surgery can hurt

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In our recent post Teddy Bear Clinic-Demystifying Hospital we shared a few tips about how to approach an upcoming hospital visit, but when to tell your child? Can it be too soon, too late? Caitlin Jackson, Child Life Specialist, specializes in supporting families as they prepare for and recover from surgery. She provides the following information from TMC for Children’s…

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Equestrian Therapy – Step Up into T.L.C

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It is a beautiful Wednesday morning in Tucson. Right about now there are preschoolers shrieking on a jungle gym, first graders pouring on to the playground. Older children look longingly out of the school window and think about recess. At a hospital, no child takes play for granted. The opportunity to forget for a moment why they are in the hospital, to…

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Bringing Cheer – Pediatric Unit in the Holiday Season

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“Will Santa still find me if I’m here in the hospital?” Over the past few days Santa has taken many forms to visit the children and their families within our Pediatric Unit. The magic of the season pervades the pediatric unit and brings an added dose of cheer and hope with the help of a growing band of volunteers. On…

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