SIOUX CITY (KTIV) – Visiting the hospital can be scary when you are a child. But the pediatrics unit at UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s has found a way to make those accommodations a little more comfortable.
When you enter the children’s ward at UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s, you won’t find your typical hospital room.
Jolly Time Popcorn, Ford Mustang, Blue Bunny Ice Cream and more are all different themes in rooms on the floor.
“It is very stressful for families to have a child that is hospitalized. And we just want to try to do as much as possible to make it feel more like home. And to make the child feel comfortable. and that helps their recovery. It helps when we have to do things like painful procedures. Make them feel more at home and at ease, “said Dr. Kelli Udelhofen, medical director of the pediatric department.
In February, Trent Stork and Kelli Corio had to take their daughter Oliva to the ER after she fell.
Although Olivia didn’t like the emergency room, after being admitted for a number of repeat tests, she said that staying in her pediatrics room felt like she was staying in a hotel.
It certainly helped calm her down. It made her more comfortable. The staff here were great all night long. She doesn’t feel like she was in the hospital anymore so it certainly helped. They brought her toys when she was feeling a little better. She had a good time, “said Trent Stork.
Dr. Udelhofen says they have received support from the community with several companies helping renovate the rooms. She adds that the chambers are a great indicator of improved results
“Having a nice, peaceful environment really helps to provide better care for that child and the family,” said Dr. Udelhofen.
Oliva’s parents say the room relieved her stress during her stay.
“Every little bit helps. We both work in healthcare, so anything that can help make a child, especially children, feel better, make them feel calmer. It’s great,” said Stork.
The first themed room was the Ford Mustang room and was completed in 2015.
Children’s Miracle Network Minithon from 2021
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