The Children’s Leukemia of America fund visits U of M C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital
January 30th, 2013 by Brian Maiorana
Today Good Charity, Inc. had the pleasure of visiting one of the premier children’s hospitals in the country. The University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital was truly impressive. In 2012, The Children’s Leukemia of America Fund contributed to Gracie’s Fund in support of Mott’s pediatric oncology program.
Grace Irish, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) at the age of four. She was a patient at University of Michigan’s C. S. Mott Children’s Hospital and received thirty months of successful leukemia treatment. In her honor, Gracie’s Fund was formed to support innovative research and to encourage the collaborative approach to medicine at University of Michigan’s C. S. Mott Children’s Hospital.
As we toured the facility today, you could feel a sense of family, hope and devotion. From the art deco in the lobby to the wall of hope and even the circular design of the building, every detail had a purpose of eliminating the feeling of a typical institution and allowed families to be as comfortable as possible during their stay. I was especially impressed with rooms which had flat screen TV’s with games for children, information about diagnosis for parents and a home like feel. The indoor playground was also a highlight and it was evident that children receiving treatment as well as their siblings benefit greatly from its existence.
Besides its aesthetics, the U of M C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital is one of the premier facilities in the country and consists of a 12-story inpatient wing and a 9-story outpatient wing, 1.1 million square feet, 348 beds (including 50 private maternity rooms and 46 private NICU rooms), and 16 operating rooms with 2 interventional radiology rooms. The technology and expertise ranks them in the top tier of any children’s hospital in the country and it was great to have the opportunity to see their work first hand.
I truly enjoyed the experience. Thank you U of M for inviting us out and we commend the exemplary work that you do!