Mary Bridge awarded Mattel Grant to remodel playroom
â€śWe know that being in the hospital can be challenging for kids so we want to make sure we offer them opportunities to play and have fun,â€ť said Rob Lenza, Chief Operating Officer for Mary Bridge Childrenâ€™s Hospital. â€śWe are excited that this grant will allow us to improve our recreation options for our patients and families.â€ť
A play area on the sixth floor of the Olympic Pavilion at Mary Bridge Childrenâ€™s Hospital will be updated with new gaming equipment, a computer and a game table. The remodeling project will is expected to be completed this fall. The room will appeal to kids of all ages but will provide extra entertainment for teens.
â€śOne of the difficulties children face during an extended hospital stay is maintaining the joy of childhood through the many procedures and treatments they undergo,â€ť said Childrenâ€™s Hospital Association President and CEO Mark Wietecha. â€śThe Mattel Childrenâ€™s Foundation Play Grants will support childrenâ€™s hospitals in their quest to create healing environments that allow children to engage in play and, frankly, just be kids.â€ť