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License plate proceeds support 7 programs

Thanks to people who thought of the Children’s Hospital when they renewed their license, there will be more Toby Tracheasauruses roaming the hallways.
The plush toys that come with a tracheostomy tube will be used by the division of Pediatric Otolaryngology to ease the anxiety of those children who have to have a tracheostomy and provide education to those children and their families. It’s just one of seven beneficial programs that were funded through the sales of a special South Carolina license plate project to raise money for the Children’s Hospital.
Endorsing recommendations of its finance committee, the Children’s Hospital Volunteer Advisory Committee (VAC) announced in March the recipients of grants totaling $12,000 that will go to provide full or partial funding for seven programs. This is an increase of $2,000 from last year when the program started.
Christine Messick, Children’s Hospital volunteer coordinator, said VAC is one of 17 programs under the umbrella of the Children’s Hospital that offers current volunteers a leadership position within the program.  The mission of the group is to develop and implement programs and activities that enable Children’s Hospital volunteers and staff to provide best-in-class service to patients and their families.  The grant program is one avenue to accomplish that goal.
“The awards support special projects within the Children’s Hospital dedicated to the tasks of improving the care of patients and improving the hospital experience for patients and their families,” she said.

2010 VAC grant recipients
  • The Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology received full funding of $350 to provide 30 Toby Tracheasauruses. This will supply the department with enough for almost two years.
  • The Children’s Services Ambulatory Care received partial funding of $2,250 out of a requested $5,500 to outfit rooms with wall-mounted toys. This will fund 15 additional wall-mounted toys for exam rooms in three different clinics. This is a signature project for the VAC because of the high visibility of the clinics, which have about 75,000 visits each year. This will bring the total to 55 rooms out of 77 that have been improved by the efforts of VAC for the past two years.
  • The Cystic Fibrosis Clinic got partial funding of $500 to be used towards a Wii Fit game package.  While exercise is an important component of healthy living, it is even more important for patients with cystic fibrosis. Exercise helps to clear the patients’ airways and improve lung function in these patients.
  • The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit got full funding of $4,700 to purchase AccuVein 300 (AV) to assist with peripheral IV starts as a means of decreasing patient pain, increasing nursing efficiency, and improving patient and family satisfaction. The AV 300 will be shared among departments. The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit will use this on four to five patients a day, with the unit also being used by other departments via a mobile cart to improve upon what can be a difficult experience for families and hospital personnel.
  • Ozzie’s Project, a support and normalization program for patients on isolation, received $2,000 of a requested $10,000 to use for therapeutic resources, such as Netbook computers with Webcams, to reduce the isolation that these children experience. The funds will be distributed between Ozzie’s Closet,  isolation patients on 7E, and Sarah Beth’s Closet, isolation patients on 8D, for therapeutic toys. Appropriate items will be distributed to each patient upon submission. Since the project began, 175 patients have been served through various components of Ozzie’s Project.
  • The Child Life Library Project got $400 of a $2,700 request to fund therapeutic and resource books for patients and families. The funding will enable Child Life staff to purchase a bar code scanner and software to catalog therapeutic resources and books in the atrium. This will ultimately improve access to materials, as well as help in the retention of library materials.
  • The Children’s Hospital Bereavement Program received full funding of $1,800 to improve the quality of services provided by the Passages Program providing supplies for hand-crafted memory boxes and accessories and educational support for the grieving process. The services provided from VAC funding in 2009 have had a strong impact on families and the Children’s Hospital staff. Last year, 54 memory boxes were distributed to families who lost a child.
Messick said that VAC received 19 requests for a total of $97,000 in funding requests, and that she expects that number will increase next year. “We are encouraging everyone—staff, patients, families and volunteers—to purchase a plate to help us support more of the unmet needs in the hospital.”
The MUSC Children’s Hospital license plate is available through the state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Of the $50 fee to purchase the plate, $42 goes to the Children’s Hospital.
Supporters can donate each year when they renew the use of the license plate along with their vehicle registration.
To purchase a special Children’s Hospital license plate, visit or inquire at a local DMV office.


Friday, April 16, 2010

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