Players sure to be NFL stars down the road were starring this day in patient rooms, visiting toddlers and teenagers who were at once awed and inspired by these larger-than-life gridiron heroes.
The Senior Bowl organization has gifted more than $536,000 to the hospital. In addition to the annual players’ visits, Senior Bowl support has been used to purchase Starbright World, a private, interactive computer network that allows the hospital’s children to interact with children hospitalized at other leading pediatric care centers across the United States.
Senior Bowl funds have also purchased computers for children receiving treatment in the USS Hope cancer and sickle cell center, along with special golf carts that transport patients and families throughout the USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital campus, and extensive renovations to the hospital’s lobby.
This is Anne Claire. After constant sinus infections during her 1st grade year, she ended up in a crisis situation with air around her trachea and her heart, making it feel like she couldn't breathe. She had to be put on a ventilator for a month to give her lungs and the rest of her body time to heal.
Zoie's mother Donna was 8 months into her pregnancy when she suffered seizures and was rushed to the hospital. Zoie's heart wasn't beating and she had to be revived when she was born and rushed to USA Children's & Women's Hospital. Her mother did not survive. And this year, at the age of 7, Zoie also lost her father. Her grandmother tells her story.
Emma took her last dose of chemo in April…after over 2 years of pills, and pokes, and emotional ups and downs. No more of the cancer she's been dealing with since she was 3! Now she's just a "regular kid" in the 1st grade!
This is Matthew....who went from jumping on a trampoline last Christmas to getting treatments in the USS Hope for a rare disease that's attacking his brain.
A hospital may be the last place you
expect to find children having fun while doing their schoolwork. But at USA
Children’s & Women’s Hospital, there is an entire department where “fun”
and “work” are as common as IVs and bandages. Its name says it all…Child Life.
NICU Reunion 2006
From time to time, USA Children’s &
Women’s Hospital hosts a homecoming for some special graduates.
They are the children who were treated in the hospital’s Hollis J. Wiseman Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. This is the story of one of those children.
T.J.’s Come a Long Way
After surgery or a serious injury, a patient may be cared for by a physical or occupational therapist. While therapy is essential for full recovery, it can also be frustrating or painful. Meet our therapists, who manage to mend broken bodies while lifting broken spirits.
It is impossible to go through childhood without a few scrapes and scratches along the way. They usually heal with little more than a scar, but what if an innocent scratch becomes a life-threatening illness? As one Mobile family discovered, having a physician with specialized training can mean the difference between life and death.
The pediatric intensive care specialists at USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital treat the most critically ill children, but few of those are as sick as the six-month-old Baldwin County boy who showed up last year.
Alex Has "Hope"
For a parent, there are no more bone-chilling words than “your child has cancer.” But at USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital, those words are often followed by “we have a treatment,” as one local family has happily discovered.
The car was purchased and donated by The Better Life Foundation of the band 3 Doors Down. The band’s members are from coastal Mississippi and their foundation, which has a history of gifting USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital, actively supports numerous children’s initiatives throughout the central Gulf Coast.
"We are excited to donate this Children’s Dream Racer to USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital,” Mark Smith, director of The Better Life Foundation, said. “Hopefully, it will make the time go by faster when the children are taking their chemotherapy and infusion treatments."
Children can sit in the miniature car and experience the thrills of racing while receiving their treatments for cancer or sickle cell disease. The Children’s Dream Racer comes with a flat panel display, CD/DVD player, PlayStation, swivel food tray and cup holder, as well as room for an IV pole and oxygen. The miniature car was built using the same materials as NASCAR race cars, including a safety harness and window nets. .
"We are a place where kids can be kids," Dr. Becky DeVillier, administrator at USA Children's & Women's Hospital, said. "The USS Hope is such a place, with bright, lively colors, computers, televisions, even tropical fish. The Children's Dream Racer is a wonderful addition to our 'distraction therapy' program for kids, and we are most appreciative of 3 Doors Down and The Better Life Foundation for their continuing generosity to USA Children's & Women's Hospital."
Children in the hospital’s USS Hope treatment center often spend many hours receiving therapies. USS Hope nurse manager Terri Wright said the Children’s Dream Racer will make the time pass more quickly. “We have some children who are here literally all day,” Wright said. “The Children’s Dream Racer is so entertaining and authentic that I can imagine children actually looking forward to their treatments, just so they can play in the car.”
MOBILE – The University of South Alabama Children’s & Women’s Hospital broke ground today on a 195,000 square-foot expansion that will nearly double the hospital’s size, while also announcing a major fundraising campaign to enhance the programs and services of the hospital.
The $72.6 million expansion, funded by the USA Health System and the USA Foundation, will feature more space for the hospital’s neonatal and pediatric intensive care units, additional operating rooms, and larger patient rooms to better accommodate visitors and families. Vital support services such as an enlarged cafeteria and kitchen, professional teaching and community education space are also included in the five-level expansion.
“USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital reaches far beyond Mobile, touching lives all along the upper Gulf coast and upward toward central Alabama,” said USA President Gordon Moulton. “This expansion will enable the hospital to provide an even higher level of care to our patients, as well as a more comfortable and supportive environment for patients and their families.”
“We pride ourselves on family centered care, and this expansion will be a wonderful gift for our patients and their families,” Dr. Becky DeVillier, USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital administrator, said. “Children do so much better when their families can stay with them.”
With nearly 3,000 deliveries each year, USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital is Mobile’s leader in births. The hospital has the area’s only Level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and a pediatric intensive care unit, each uniquely equipped and staffed to provide the region’s most advanced care for premature, critically ill and critically injured children. The NICU treats some 1,000 babies each year, with one-quarter of the babies coming from other hospitals in the region.
USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital also features the award-winning USS Hope pediatric cancer and sickle cell treatment center, along with a High-Risk Obstetrical unit and a Labor and Delivery unit that are regional referral centers. The hospital’s Child Life therapy program addresses developmental, physical, and emotional needs of young patients, and includes the unique Class Act school that teaches nearly 1,000 children every year.
Also at the groundbreaking, the University announced a $10.6 million private fundraising initiative to enhance the programs and services of USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital and announced the first major gift to the campaign.
“Donors to the ‘Campaign for USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital’ will have the opportunity to have their names attached to various rooms and service areas within the hospital, and at the same time enhance the hospital’s ability to meet the needs of its patients,” Dr. Joseph F. Busta Jr., USA vice president for development and alumni relations, said.
The campaign is being launched with a $975,000 gift from the estate of the late Margarette G. Griffin of Semmes, who died in 2009. The funds are being matched 25 percent by the University to create the $1.2 million Margarette G. Griffin Pediatric Cancer Research Endowment Fund to support the department of pediatric oncology at the hospital.
Mrs. Griffin was born in Mobile and lived most of her adult life in Semmes, where she was active in church and community. While she and her late husband, Roy Delmas Griffin, never had children, both were interested in supporting organizations whose missions centered on providing care to children in need, especially those suffering from pediatric cancer. Mrs. Griffin learned of the work taking place in the USA pediatric oncology program and made the gift to support its efforts to provide services to local children.
In making the gift, Mrs. Griffin wrote to the University, "Combating the ravages of cancer and even eliminating it entirely are goals we both share. I am so pleased that the university is placing a strong emphasis on establishing within our community a major regional cancer research and treatment facility. It is terrible when anyone has cancer, more so when it is a child."
The architect for the expansion project is TRO Jung/Brannen and the general contractor is Doster Construction. The expansion is scheduled to take just over two years to complete.