Pediatric gaming technology symposium | EurekAlert!

Aurora, Colorado (September 17, 2021) – Children’s Hospital Colorado (Children’s Colorado) and Child’s Play Charity host the first annual virtual gathering of organizations and individuals to discuss best practices and the future of the fast-growing areas of gaming technology and expanded realities in pediatric healthcare. This symposium will cover broad topics covering everything from establishing new programs to deep diving to address and overcome common challenges.

This unique symposium begins with an inspiring session with Jane McGonigal, therapeutic gaming pioneer, video game designer and keynote speaker. Meaningful discussions, fun games, raffles and giveaways will help start or boost participants’ Gaming Technology programs. Gaming Tech starter packs are given to each participating organization, along with a care pack that completes this shared virtual experience and provides new connections, key takeaways, and transformative ideas.

“This unique symposium demonstrates our continued commitment to improving the experience and outcomes for children,” said Suzy Jaeger, chief of patient experience and access officer at Children’s Colorado.

“Sharing best practices from across the country will positively impact our patients’ experience.”

Child’s Play Charity has funded 32 Pediatric Gaming Technology Specialists (PGTSs) since 2017. calling in 2020, and now well into 2021,” said Travis Eriksen, executive director of Child’s Play. “This symposium will shed light on the impactful work of our network hospitals and their Child Life programs. The work PGTS does changes the game for patients and families.”

“As the number of Pediatric Gaming Techs grows, I think we are seeing the emergence of a new profession in pediatric health care. The PGTS is our next step in learning from each other, building our community and enabling as many children as possible to benefit from gaming technologies,” said Joseph A. Albietz III, MD, medical director of Child Life, Children’s Colorado.

Come to the symposium on September 22 – 23, 2021 to join the conversation. To register and attend the symposium, please visit:


Children’s Hospital Colorado is one of the nation’s leading and most comprehensive pediatric health care systems with a mission to improve children’s health through patient care, education, research and advocacy. Founded in 1908 and recognized as a top ten pediatric hospital by US News & World Report, Children’s Colorado has established itself as a pioneer in the discovery of innovative and groundbreaking treatments that are shaping the future of pediatric healthcare worldwide. Children’s Colorado offers a full spectrum of family-centered care at its urgent, urgent, and specialty care locations throughout Colorado, including the Anschutz Medical Campus location and throughout the region. In 2019, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Colorado Springs, opened as the first pediatric-only hospital in southern Colorado. For more information, visit or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Founded in 2003 by the creators of Penny Arcade, Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins, Child’s Play seeks to improve the lives of young people in child welfare settings through the power of play. Thanks to the generosity of the video game community, Child’s Play has raised more than $50 million since its inception, enabling it to support a network of more than 160 hospitals around the world. To help raise money, volunteer or learn more about the impact Child’s Play makes, please visit:

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