New Starlight Fun Center Lifts Spirits Of Pediatric Patients At Holston Valley Medical Center
Pediatric patients at Holston
Valley Medical Center will smile wider and laugh a little more with
a new multimedia unit donated by Encompass
Group and Starlight Children’s Foundation.
The Fun Center contains a Nintendo Wii, DVD player and LCD
television. Starlight’s unique design enables the Fun Center to wheel into a
patient’s room so even a bedridden child can enjoy games and movies.
“We thank Encompass and Starlight for this generous
donation,” said Laurie Kaudewitz, Holston Valley’s director of women’s and children’s
services. “This unit is going to brighten the days of so many sick and injured
For nearly 30 years, Starlight, an international
organization, has been dedicated to helping seriously ill children who are in
the hospital and their families by providing entertainment, education and
family activities. Encompass, a charity partner for Starlight, is a leading
manufacturer and marketer of reusable textiles, professional apparel,
therapeutic support services and disposable medical products.
“Fun Centers address
the isolation and fear sick children often experience in the hospital,” said
Jacqueline Hart-Ibrahim, global CEO of Starlight. “A Fun Center is a welcome
guest when parents and other visitors aren’t able to be at a child’s bedside.”
Holston Valley unveiled the Fun Center during a ceremony on
Thursday, March 15, in the pediatrics unit. Staff members from that unit and
the hospital’s administration, as well as representative from Encompass, were
on hand. The hospital also invited current pediatric patients and their
families to join the unveiling and see the Fun Center for the first time.
“This center not only
brings some amusement and fun into these children’s days, but the Wii lets them
be a little more active while still in the safety of their room,” Kaudewitz
Holston Valley is home to one of the region’s largest
pediatrics units, complete with experienced staff and highly-trained pediatric
specialists. As one of Wellmont Health System’s hospitals, it benefits from
additional programs and services funded through Children’s Miracle Network.
Holston Valley also works with programs such as Starlight’s,
which aim to distract children from discomfort, help them better understand
their illnesses and connect families facing similar challenges so no one feels
In 2010, Encompass selected Starlight as its national
charity partner, helping bring Fun Centers and other programs to hospitals and
medical centers throughout North America.
“We are thrilled to
partner with Encompass because they’re committed to easing loneliness and
anxiety while helping kids be kids, even if they’re in the hospital,”
To learn more about Encompass and Starlight, please visit starlight.org/corporatepartners/encompass/.
For more information about Holston Valley’s pediatrics unit, please visit wellmont.org.