Scarborough and Rouge Hospital has officially opened seven new Smilezones at its Birchmount and General sites.
Generously donated by Smilezone Foundation, these bright, fun Zones include murals, sensory toys, drawing boards, tablet stations, and TVs meant to help improve the experience for children and families when they visit the hospital.
“We are exceptionally grateful to Smilezone Foundation and to their donor, BMO Harris Private Banking, for these major facelifts to such important areas throughout our hospital,” said Andrée Robichaud, interim president and CEO at Scarborough and Rouge Hospital.
“Scarborough and Rouge Hospital has a proud history of providing our community with comprehensive and innovative obstetrical and paediatric care,” added Barb Scott, patient care director of the maternal newborn and child care program at Scarborough and Rouge Hospital’s Birchmount and General sites.
“Having these Smilezones will serve to complement the outstanding care delivered each and every day by our dedicated interprofessional team.”
There are Smilezones in the Family Maternity Centre waiting areas and paediatric unit play rooms at both sites. As well, visitors to the paediatric unit at the Birchmount site will now be greeted with a beautiful underwater-themed wall mural. The day surgery waiting area at the Birchmount site has also been transformed into a welcoming Smilezone to help ease what can often be a stressful experience for children. In the paediatric unit the General site, Smilezone murals and activities have been added to a special rapid assessment clinic.
In addition to these seven Zones, the Smilezone Foundation also created four Smilezones in the paediatric oncology clinic at the Centenary site in February 2016.
“Smilezone Foundation is truly thrilled to be a part of this exciting renovation at Scarborough and Rouge Hospital’s Birchmount and General sites,” said Scott Bachly, chair of the Smilezone Foundation.
“We are delighted with the seven new Zones, giving children and their families a reason to smile during their hospital visits. A tremendous thank you to BMO who we are gratefully recognizing today for their ongoing support.”