Parkview celebrates grand reopening of Kidsville unit
Parkview Medical Center and the Parkview Foundation welcomed dozens of community and business leaders to the grand reopening of the Kidsville Pediatric Unit at Parkview Medical Center.
The event was held Nov. 17 at Kidsville on the first floor of the hospital.
Kidsville is a special place that features whimsical designs in its rooms to provide a more child-friendly environment for the most serious pediatric cases at Parkview.
On average, roughly 1,600 children are treated in Kidsville each year. The most common diagnoses include asthma, bronchitis and surgical patients.
The decorations are sponsored by local businesses and are redesigned every 10 years. This is the third phase of those designs. Kidsville was opened in 1996.
“I feel very honored and privileged to be a part of the transformation of such an awesome project,” said Carol Spradley, Parkview Foundation member and Kidsville campaign chair. “The atmosphere and child patient care are unparalleled in quality, friendliness, compassion and professionalism. Kidsville is an asset to Pueblo and the Southern Colorado communities Parkview serves.”
This year the Parkview Foundation raised more than $365,000 from local businesses, organizations and individuals to redecorate the unit.
“Kidsville is our baby,” said Parkview Foundation Executive Director Lisa Siegel. “It is one of the biggest fundraising projects we have.”
The impact of the community’s generosity is woven into every room.
Each room is decorated in different motifs, featuring themes borrowed from adventure, science and nature.
The focus of the unit’s décor is to provide a friendly environment to encourage healing, said Linda White, nurse manager for Kidsville.
“Coming to the hospital can be very scary for kids,” White said, adding that some children’s ways of thinking lead them to blame themselves for being sick.
“They need to have fun stuff so they don’t feel so afraid,” White said. “We try to get them to touch the equipment. There’s a nice family room where families can go and use computers or the big-screen TV. All the rooms are kid friendly. It just makes them feel more comfortable and less afraid and that helps them heal better.”