A Brighter Space for Young Patients

Patient Wyatt Larson gives a “thumbs up” after undergoing a procedure in Evanston Hospital’s newly renovated Pediatric Treatment Room.

What once was a white-walled treatment room with plain cabinets has been transformed by the addition of a vibrant blue mural of underwater sea creatures to create a more child-friendly environment for young patients. Those undergoing invasive procedures are being cared for in this much-improved space, thanks to generous donations to the Pediatric Unit at NorthShore Evanston Hospital. 

For infants to adolescents, the newly remodeled Treatment Room serves as a more welcoming backdrop for hospitalized patients who require blood draws, injections, nasogastric tubes, lumbar punctures or a variety of other invasive procedures, said Beth Lucas, Coordinator of Evanston Hospital’s Child Life Services.

“We like kids to feel that their hospital bed is a safe place,” said Lucas. “This room is designed to be used for potentially painful procedures to take place outside of their room.” Nursing and medical staff use the Treatment Room, which now includes the detailed mural, updated cabinetry to better disguise medical equipment and a new skylight with the same underwater theme. “These additions help to create a calmer environment and one that is much less intimidating for out patients,” Lucas added.

The response from the patients and medical staff has been very positive since the room opened. “Anything we can do to help our patients’ experience be a better one is greatly welcomed. This room does that in a big way,” Lucas said. Nursing Manager Anita Little, who oversees Pediatrics, said the Treatment Room is "a welcome addition to our unit.”

The remodeled space was made possible by a grant from Starlight Children’s Foundation and funds raised at Northwestern University’s Dance Marathon.

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