Markham Stouffville Hospital (MSH) officially opened nine Smilezone spaces throughout the hospital to help bring smiles to children coming in for medical procedures.
Generously donated by Smilezone Foundation, these bright, fun Smilezones include colourful murals, engaging electronic imagery and tablet stations meant to help improve the patient experience for children and families.
“We are truly grateful to Smilezone Foundation and to their donor, Michael Mutcheson Memorial Trust, for these beautiful makeovers to such essential areas,” says Barb Steed, Executive Vice President of Patient Services and Chief Practice Officer, MSH. “These newly renovated areas offer an environment where our youngest patients can relax, feel comfortable, and reduce any anxiety they have about their procedure.”
The hospital provides exceptional paediatric care to over 17,000 children each year. Smilezone was able to incorporate ideas and suggestions from many patients and staff on what they wanted to improve in these areas.
The new Smilezone areas at MSH include waiting rooms in the paediatric clinic and surgical areas, assessment rooms for paediatric diabetes patients and for children staying overnight at the hospital, three inpatient rooms, and a playroom.
In recognition of this contribution, MSH is proud to dedicate these Smilezones in the name of Michael Mutcheson Memorial Trust with a dedication plaque that will be proudly displayed in the day surgery paediatric waiting room.
[Photo: courtesy of Markham Stouffville Hospital].