Children's Hospital Boston has just launched a Spanish version of the hospital Web site for our Spanish speaking patients and providers. The site features information such as directions, how to prepare your child for a hospital stay, health tips, descriptions of our main clinical services and more. Check it out at www.childrenshospital.org/espanol.
Four patients from Children's headed to Washington, DC, for Family Advocacy Day, sponsored by the National Association of
Children's Hospitals, in late June. The patients shared their health histories
with senators and congressmen from their home states of Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island to promote the reauthorization of the State Children's Health Insurance Programs, the passage of the Children's Health Care Quality Act and funding for the Children's Hospitals Graduate Medical Education Program.
A new high-tech fitness center for children, GoKids Boston, recently opened at UMass Boston, with Children's support. The center will investigate the science and practice of improving fitness in children and provide exercise programs for children with health challenges. At the grand opening, Sandra Fenwick, chief operating officer, gave a speech and local children got to test out the excergaming—kid-friendly exercise equipment that has interactive, built-in games.
In an effort to recognize high-achieving Latino middle schoolers, Children's is sponsoring a series of Latino youth recognition days at Fenway Park. The first one was June 15 and the second was July 16; the last one will be held Sept. 3. At the events, the students are recognized during pre-game, on-field ceremonies and given certificates of recognition by Red Sox players David "Big Papi" Ortiz, Wily Mo Peña, Julio Lugo and Alex Cora. El Mundo newspaper and the Red Sox developed the project to encourage academic excellence and are giving out more than 500 Sox tickets to inner-city youth.
On July 16, actress/singer Mandy Moore wowed patients throughout the hospital, including this young patient-reporter Ashley during the Midweek Morning Show taping in the 10NW playroom. Moore stopped by to visit patients before giving a Mix 98.5 concert at the Prudential Center.