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I spy with my little eye something that is…Hospital staff raise funds for interactive children’s mural

March 31, 2016

Creativity was at the forefront at the Niagara Health System St. Catharines Site on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 as Niagara artist Melani Pyke revealed a bright and cheery mural to benefit the hospital’s youngest patients.

Pyke, who works with the hospital’s Children’s Health Unit on occasion, was commissioned to create an interactive “I Spy” mural for the Paediatric Operating Room Waiting Room, an area that was previously bare due to infection control policies.

“The eye-catching mural with its bright colours, inviting animals and hidden objects, is a welcome addition to the space that will help lower stress as it distracts children during the waiting period leading up to surgical procedures,” says Lori Marino, NHS Child Life Specialist.

The funding for the art piece was raised by hospital staff from the Medical Device Reprocessing (MDR) department who often participate in ‘paying it forward’ initiatives. Through creative measures of their own, including a maple syrup draw and homemade treat sales, the group managed to donate nearly $3,000 to OneFoundation for Niagara Health System in support of the hospital’s Children’s Health Unit. The funds also enabled the purchase of many patient comfort items such as bean bag chairs, CD and DVD players and art and therapy books for the designated Mental Health beds within the unit. These items will go a long way to make hospital stays more comfortable and less intimidating for patients.

"The MDR Team is a shining example of how every staff member can make a difference in the care that is provided at the hospital," says Joe Maggiolo, OneFoundation Board Chair. "The team’s spirit of giving, along with Pyke’s creative talents, will help make a difference for the hospital’s youngest patients."

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