Entry #2695, July 29, 2013
As you know over the last few weeks have been a whirlwind of enjoyable, enlightening and memorable times traveling to Memphis, Tennessee with Brizo Faucet July 16-18th 2013 for the #Blogger19 Reunion. Last year when I went to New York City for Fashion Week and the Jason Wu Fashion Show I compiled my 3 day experience into one post.
After last year, I said the next time I would break up the posts, because there is just too much to talk about and Brizo love’s to jam pack a lot of activities into the day & I love to share it all with you!
What a wonderful experience Day 1 was as you can see almost 80 of us from the Blogger 19 seasons.
Day 1 – St. Jude Children’s Hospital
Today I want to talk about Day 1 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – one of the most enlightening experiences of my life to date. To my Stagetecture readers who already know about the amazing research, guidance, housing, and medical treatments they give to children with cancer and their families, then you already know the magnitude of this charitable hospital.
Morning Breakfast Buffet
The morning started off with us meeting many of the St. Jude staff, being welcomed by the Brizo team and enjoying a delicious breakfast.
Here we learned about how the late entertainer Danny Thomas founded St. Jude opened in 1962. His mission was to find cures for children with cancer and other deadly disease through pioneering research exceptional care to children worldwide.
The most eye-opening facts were that no child/family has to pay for their care at St. Jude. All of the expenses are covered by donations, public contributions. The daily operating costs for St. Jude is 1.7million dollars a day! – Truly amazing
All meals, medical treatments, on-site family housing in the Target House (if needed), physical therapy and more are 100% covered, so the families can concentrate on their child and family getting well.
For me it was an eye-opening experience in many ways. Here are just a few of the facts that I learned about St. Jude Children’s Hospital:
The Child Life Program which works to minimize anxiety of patient families and provide engaging activities for patients, pay a part it all design and construction decision throughout the hospital and the Target House.
Patient Design Ideas:
Patient and parent inout in considered in all building, layout and design plans because St. Jude want all design aspects to grab people’s attention and increase patient engagement and comfort.
A long hallway in the hospital has been transformed into an art gallery for their teenage patients. Every year there is an art show to unveil their new artwork. Additionally they have their own Teen Room where they gather to use computers, video games, pool table and get to just be teens!
After breakfast we broke up into two groups. One to tour the Target House for families who stay at St. Jude and the other group to the hospital tour.
The Target Houses I and II are family housing like nothing you have ever seen. They provide extended stay solutions for families that need longer term medical assistance and enable the family to still have all of the “comforts of home”.
“There’s no place in the world quite like Target House—a multimillion dollar gift from Target Stores. While nothing can completely replace the comfort of home, Target House comes close by providing a magnificent community of fully equipped, two-bedroom apartments in a beautiful setting just minutes from St. Jude. Here, families who need to be at St. Jude from 90 days to up to three years or more have privacy, independence, and support.
To make their stay more pleasant, all residents can enjoy spectacular communal amenities such as the Tiger Woods Library, Scott Hamilton Family Fitness Center and Parents’ Spa, Amy Grant Music Room, and Scott Hamilton Arts and Crafts Room.
Target House is more than a place to stay. It’s a haven where children and their families derive compassion, comfort, and strength from other family’s struggles and victories. In a difficult time, Target House is a place to live, heal, and rejoice as a family.“
Then it was time to tour St. Jude Children’s Hospital and engage with some of the children.
St. Jude Children’s Hospital Tour
When you go into many children’s hospitals – the sterile environment, the chemical smell and often times the lack of inspiring colors doesn’t make you feel very happy. What a welcoming surprise it was to go inside the St. Jude hospital. They have taken considerable time and consideration into thinking of the aesthetics and experience for the children and their families.
Here’s what I learned about their “Artful Solutions” in design:
Impact of Color & Thoughtful Design
The environment is a huge influence on a child’s health and happiness. By incorporating bright colors, natural lights, specialty designed murals that look like in-patient children help create an environment the children enjoy being in.
Fun with the St. Jude children
Later that day we enjoyed crafts and activities with the children. My group played with individual dollhouses that the kids could change out the wallpaper, carpet, furniture and more! It was so much fun.
Dream Home Giveaway to Help St. Jude Children’s Hospital
Every year Brizo Faucets pair with St. Jude and donate fixtures and help raise money for the hospital. The partnership with Brizo has raised $1,293,000 to date as of January 2013. The St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway program sells $100 chance tickets for a family to have a chance to win a dream home. It is the single largest fundraising event for St. Jude!
What a wonderful day with the children, families, Brizo and the St. Jude staff. I thank you for allowing us to see the wonderful work that you do for children worldwide!
This was only Day 1! In the upcoming days I will share about the Brizo plant tour in Jackson, Tennessee, the innovative products that Brizo has coming out and I can’t forget about the fun times meeting the other Bloggers.
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