New Heart, All Smiles
Miles is all smiles hanging out with his parents in the Heart Center pediatric cardiology unit. Miles is the 300th recipient of a heart transplant at Children's Medical Center Dallas and nearing his discharge date.
Though some services and elective surgeries across the health care system were placed on hold early in the pandemic, procedures like Miles’ heart transplant and other life-sustaining care continued.
Connecting with His Newborn
A father and his baby enjoy skin to skin contact in the NICU at Children's National Hospital.
PPE Takes Center Stage
A Children's Hospital Los Angeles team member masking up for duty.
White Coats for Black Lives
Physicians, system leadership and staff kneel on a skybridge at Children’s Medical Center Dallas hospital for 8 minutes and 46 seconds in response to the death of George Floyd. This was a part of the physician organized, national White Coats for Black Lives event.
In addition to the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans renewed a conversation on racial inequality in America. This display was to show solidarity with communities on the margins of society and pledge to provide an equal quality of care to all.
Bringing the Fair to Patients' Rooms
Even though the Minnesota state fair was canceled due to COVID-19, the Child Life team was undeterred in bringing many of the most popular fair activities to patients in its Minneapolis and Saint Paul hospitals. To create caricatures, the team arranged for an artist to video chat with patients.
With the artist live via tablet, the Child Life team was able to virtually bring him into every child’s room as he sketched their likenesses. The best part was the reveal, when the kids would erupt in laughter at the funny ways they had been depicted! Every child received their actual caricature.
Finding New Ways to Care, Connect
For more than 100 years, Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital for Rehabilitation has provided children with a tailored treatment mix to overcome medical challenges.
No graduation? No problem.
Sharing the pomp and circumstance of graduation with the people she cares about meant a lot to Anniebell Wallace, a patient care technician at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital and first member of her family to graduate college.
When the COVID-19 pandemic canceled the fanfare she wanted her dad to witness, she thought about her colleagues in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
Laura's nursing pin was supposed to be presented by her dad who recently died. Additionaly, 13 members of her team earned associate's, bachelor's, and master's commencement celebrations. Wallace shared the idea to hold their own socially distanced graduation ceremony down the long hallway in the NICU.
A Promise to All Children
Providers came together, led by a group of physicians across all of Nemours Children's Health System, to kneel in solidarity with the fight against racial injustice. In the moment of reflection, these providers confirmed their promise to children everywhere to do whatever is within their power to give them a bright, safe and healthy future.
A Lesson in Hand Washing
Azyriah washes her hands in her room at Children’s Medical Center Dallas. Azyriah, and other patients with weakened immune systems are handwashing professionals.
Cubs Supporting Kids
A child life specialist at Advocate Children's Hospital coordinates a virtual call between Chicago Cubs player Alec Mills and patient.
Pediatric Providers Caring for Adults
Over the course of two weeks in March, COVID-19 cases at Montefiore Health System grew from two to almost 700. As the health system looked to increase capacity, various spaces at the children’s hospital transformed to care for adult patients and programs adapted to support patients, families and associates.
By late 2020, providers at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM) providers treated over 160 adult patients, with the oldest being over 80 years of age.
This is 30-year-old Jonathan Delemos.
Jonathan spent 53 days in the CHAM PICU, many of these days in an induced coma. Jonathan returned to the CHAM PICU to personally thank the staff who saved his life.
Adapting, Expediting Care
The pandemic led to parents’ reluctance to bring their children into a health care setting. To ensure its kids and community stay safe, Children’s Minnesota adapted by providing drive-up vaccinations. No one has to leave their car, and kids don’t even have to unfasten their seatbelt.