Together, we can change lives.
Every year, Ambassadors selects a special project (“Fund-A-Need”) at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford or child/maternal health research at Stanford University School of Medicine.
2019-2020 Fund-A-Need: Bringing the World to Kids
This fall, we will celebrate the next chapter for patients and families at Packard Children's: the opening of the fifth floor. The fifth floor will focus on the most innovative pediatric research in cancer, stem cell and gene therapies, and first-in-human trials. Once opened, the care and trials provided here will, in many cases, be the children’s very last options. The fifth floor will be sealed from the rest of the hospital, as children will be receiving stem cell transplants, chemotherapy, and immunotherapy which will make their immune systems extremely vulnerable and often require extended periods of isolation. These diseases and treatments sadly prohibit hospitalized children from experiencing the world in the way that most children do.
Through our Fund-a-Need we want to give children and teens on the 5th floor moments of normalcy and joy that they so greatly deserve, and in essence, bring the world to them. The 2020 Ambassadors’ Fund-A-Need will underwrite:
Additional hours for music and art therapists to spend just with children in isolation
Brand new programming for teens and young adults, including support groups
Community building events for patients and their families so they can share their experiences
Time for siblings to use the playrooms and cope with their family’s stay in the hospital
PSYCHOLOGIST IN THE NEONATAL INTENSIVE CARE UNIT
The Charles B. and Ann L. Johnson Center for Pregnancy and Newborn Services at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford is one of the few in the country to offer obstetric, neonatal, and developmental medicine services all in one place. The Johnson Center offers services from preconception to birth and follow-up care and delivers about 4,500 babies a year. Currently there is not a dedicated clinical psychologist in the NICU to help support mothers and families.
PEDIATRIC FELLOW IN EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford is one of a few hospitals in the country dedicated exclusively to pediatric and obstetric care. Despite this, Packard Children’s does not have its own emergency department, but rather pediatric patients share physical space with adults at the Stanford Hospital Emergency Department.