Children's Hospital Teen Room Receives Transformation

For immediate release: June 19, 2015

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The Starlight® Site Teen Room in the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital has a new look. Thanks to the generosity of sponsors, teenage patients have an improved space where they can enjoy doing arts and crafts, watching movies or gaming, playing air hockey or simply hanging out in a less clinical environment. The renovation includes new cabinetry, flooring, paint and furniture. 

"We gave a lot of thought to how we wanted the room to be used, and we asked our patients what they wanted to see in the renovated room," said Child Life Manager Shannon Joslin. "Our kids said they wanted more of a social environment where there was more to do than just watch TV. We hope this new space will provide a change of scenery for our teens when they just need to get away from a hospital bed and feel like a normal kid." 

A generous gift from Northwestern Mutual, facilitated by Starlight Children's Foundation, made this new room possible.

"The room is more friend and family-centered," added Joslin. "Now teen patients can bring other teen non-patients into the room when it’s not flu season, so it will truly become a hangout space."

Special thanks to the following sponsors for making this renovation possible:

  • Northwestern Mutual 

  • Starlight Children's Foundation

  • Trustees of the Endowment Fund of the University of Maryland

  • Maggie Lebherz

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