Golisano Children's Hospital patients benefit from increased access to technology

By: Lee Health Foundation
NAPLES, Fla. - Aug. 18, 2020 - PRLog -- Hospital stays can leave patients feeling bored and disconnected from friends and family. During a pandemic, when visitation hours are limited or visitation policies are highly restricted for safety precautions, these feelings are escalated. Children's hospitals must find creative ways to keep their young patients engaged and positive, as well as connected with their support systems who cannot be bedside or even with them in the playrooms available on campuses like Golisano Children's Hospital.

Golisano Children's Hospital recently caught the attention of a new Naples resident, Lee Rosenbluth. Rosenbluth is founder of Bringing the Outside World Inside Foundation (BOWI Foundation), established to provide hospitalized children with the ability to communicate with the outside world.

After research into Golisano Children's Hospital and learning of its focus on providing children and families with a facility that is brightly colored, kid-friendly and infused with technology as a core characteristic of the patient experience, Rosenbluth was moved to provide support that would not only embrace these characteristics that align with BOWI Foundation's mission, but also meet an increased need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

BOWI Foundation's donation of eight virtual reality headsets, seven tablets and two laptops to help patients stay connected with the outside world have made all the difference for recent patients and their families.

"Making this donation was important to the foundation," commented Rosenbluth. "The equipment allows them to have not only two-way communication with their family, friends and teachers, but also keep up with their studies and play games while in the hospital. If we can bring a smile to a child's face, if we can distract a child for a few moments from the pain, if we can free the care team of the children for a few minutes, then we have accomplished our mission."

BOWI Foundation has donated desktop computers, laptops, tablets and now virtual reality headsets to 26 children's hospitals all over the world. The foundation, which works with the hospital's development offices to make it easy to acquire the technology equipment, also works with the hospitals' information system departments to make it available to the children as quickly as possible.

For more information, visit bowifoundation.com (http://link.mediaoutreach.meltwater.com/ls/click?upn=Nmhl...).

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