Published on September 08, 2015

Parkview Foundation to host 35th Annual Starlight Gala Sept. 18

Parkview Foundation will celebrate the 35th Annual Starlight Gala on Friday, September 18 at Pueblo Convention Center, 320 Central Main Street. The black-tie optional, “Alice in Wonderland” themed event begins at 5:30 p.m. with a Mad Hatter cocktail party and silent auction, followed by an elegant sit-down dinner at 7 p.m.
The Starlight Gala made its debut in 1980 to honor an individual or couple who have made tremendous contributions to the community, as well as the hospital. This year the Foundation has shaken things up a bit, neither an individual or a couple will be honored. The focus of the night will be on Kidsville Pediatric Unit and its tremendous impact on the community. Proceeds from the event will benefit Kidsville and its upcoming remodel.
Starlight Gala tickets may be purchased for $250 per couple or $1,500 for a corporate table of ten. Seating is limited and can be reserved by clicking here.
In the mid-90s, Parkview Medical Center and the Pueblo Community, were missing a very essential medical unit. The region did not have a dedicated pediatric unit, but desperately needed one. A group of committed Parkview administrators, board members, physicians, nurses and care givers set out on a quest to create a pediatric unit like no other. With the assistance of the Pueblo business community, what was once an intensive care unit opened as Kidsville Pediatric Unit in 1996. The child-friendly, interactive, touchable unit not only provided specialized pediatric care, but it also became known as a mini-Pueblo, surrounding our youngest patients with sights and scenery they were used to seeing on a daily basis.
Many kids with chronic conditions pass through the halls of Kidsville each year. Their diagnosis means they may have frequent visits to the unit. They can be heard telling family members which rooms they have stayed in and which was their favorite. Kidsville is a place they feel at home….that is close to home.
As Pueblo has evolved, so has Kidsville Pediatric Unit. Every ten years, new partners are brought into the unit to change the look to mimic our beautiful community. Funds raised through this campaign also ensure up-to-date, state-of-the-art technology is available throughout the unit. Community partners such as business associates, organizations, clubs and private donors are essential to the success of Kidsville, by providing a fun, interactive and educational environment in which our youngest patients can heal.
More important than the environment that surrounds them, is the healthcare team that takes care of them. Taking care of children is a specialty. Children are not miniature adults. Kidsville nurses are specially trained pediatric nurses who provided exceptional care to children they come to think of as family. All Kidsville nurses are certified in Pediatric Advanced Life Support and some are Certified Pediatric Nurses. It isn’t uncommon for a Kidsville nurse to run into a patient from years prior and she will not only remember what the child’s diagnosis was, but also what room they were in and what their favorite food in Kidsville was or the favorite game they played.
Kidsville provides care for children of all ages and each age group has a special set of needs the team aims to meet. This can be seen in the variety of room themes in the unit. There is a gingerbread house with a room full of ice cream and candy. You will even find Dora and SpongeBob living in Kidsville. Older patients may relax in a mountain cabin themed room or enjoy a room filled with Division II National Champions CSU-Pueblo memorabilia.
Young children believe in fairy tales and super-heroes. Their way of thinking is magical, but they also don’t understand why they are sick; sometimes even believing it is their fault. It is the job of the pediatric nurse to alleviate their fears. What better place to do it than a unit specially designed for kids? Just as you send your children to age appropriate schools, you want to send them to an up-to-date, age appropriate pediatric unit to heal. Surrounding our youngest patients in this magical, child-friendly environment, gives them sometime amazing to focus on, rather than what hurts.
Many times the environment not only benefits the patient, but also the parents. Having a hospitalized child is a scary thing. Knowing that their child is receiving specialized care from a team of dedicated professionals in a colorful, entertaining and educational unit puts their mind at ease. More importantly, having that specialized unit right in their back yard provides a huge benefit to our families. Children can sense stress when something is wrong. When they see a smile on their parents’ faces, they know it is all going to be okay.
Our sponsors take pride in being a part of this unique unit. Their contribution gives them a sense of ownership in the care provided to southern Colorado children; possibly even their children or grandchildren.
Please join the Parkview Foundation is honoring a unit that has kept thousands of kids close to home while they heal. For more information please call 719.584.4526 or click here.

About Parkview Medical Center

Founded in 1923, Parkview Health System in Pueblo, Colorado, offers general acute healthcare and health specialty services. As a private, non-profit organization, Parkview is licensed for 350 beds and provides a full range of healthcare services including a verified Level III Trauma Center along with exceptional comprehensive cardiac and orthopedic care. Parkview Health System is the leader in all service lines in our service area. As a vital healthcare source, Parkview’s service area includes Pueblo County and 14 surrounding counties, which together represent 370,000 total lives.

Parkview Health System is the largest non-government, nonprofit, private sector employer in Pueblo County with approximately 3,000 employees and provides a skilled medical staff of over 370 physicians. The impact of our workforce triggers a strong impact on the community as Parkview’s annual payroll contributes $232 million to the economy.