Hospitalized Children Benefit from Popular Game System - Adventist HealthCare

Published on March 20, 2009

Hospitalized Children Benefit from Popular Game System

Starlight MidAtlantic, Miss Teen Maryland Dedicate Wii to Shady Grove’s Pediatrics Unit

Rockville, MD – Patients in the pediatrics department at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital have a new motivation to get out of bed – a Wii Fun Center.  The popular game system, which is valued at more than $4,200, was donated recently by Starlight Children’s Foundation Mid-Atlantic on behalf of Miss Teen Maryland International, Ms. Brittany Sullivan, who is a resident of Montgomery County.  A dedication ceremony for the Wii Fun Center will take place at Shady Grove Adventist on Wednesday, March 25 at 1o:00 a.m.

“We thank Starlight MidAtlantic and Brittany Sullivan for contributing the Wii Fun Center to our hospital and pediatric patients,” said Dennis Hansen, President of Shady Grove Adventist Hospital.  “This generous contribution helps us further our mission of serving our community by providing some of our youngest patients with a fun activity that also helps speed recovery.”

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital’s 24-bed Pediatric Department provides care to 4,800 inpatients each year.  The unit includes Montgomery County’s only pediatric intensive care unit.

A Fun Center is a mobile entertainment unit that contains a flat-screen television, DVD player and Nintendo Wii system.  The systems are used in hospitals to help children cope with the common fears of hospitalization by providing a fun activity.  Research also shows that movement after surgery is beneficial to patients and helps speed recovery.

“Due to the interactive nature of the Wii, we are already seeing direct benefit for some of our pediatric patients who are diabetic or are recovering from surgery,” said Peggy Brooke, Child Life Specialist for Shady Grove Adventist Hospital.  “We are grateful to have this fun and beneficial system in our hospital.”

Starlight MidAtlantic helps seriously ill children and their families cope with their pain, fear and isolation through entertainment, education and family activities.  Just this past year, the organization provided assistance to more than 216,000 children in Washington, D.C., Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.  For more information about Starlight MidAtlantic visit

“We are delighted to be part of the Shady Grove Adventist Hospital pediatric program,” said Starlight MidAtlantic Board President Jeff Zell. “We are also proud of Brittany Sullivan’s efforts on behalf of seriously ill children, their families and Starlight MidAtlantic.”

Shady Grove’s other specialized pediatric services and programs include Montgomery County’s first 24-hour Pediatric Emergency Department a level III-B Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, a pediatric same-day surgery unit and pediatric rehabilitative medicine.

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, a not-for-profit, acute care facility with 293 licensed beds, will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2009.  Shady Grove offers a broad range of excellent health services including emergency care; high-risk obstetrical and neonatal care; cardiac and vascular interventional care; oncology care; several surgical specialties; and a number of specialized services for children, including the first Pediatric Emergency Department in Montgomery County and the only Pediatric Intensive Care Unit in the county.  The Shady Grove Adventist Emergency Center in Germantown opened in 2006 and is providing increased access to emergency medical care for more than 30,000 residents each year.  Shady Grove Adventist Hospital is part of Rockville, Maryland-based Adventist HealthCare, an integrated health care delivery system that is one of the largest employers in the state of Maryland.