Kitchell along with Sun Mechanical and BCS Enterprises Dedicates Starlight Fun Centers™ and PC Pal® to Diamond Children’s at University Medical Center

Thursday, September 9, 2010 - 1:00pm
What:   Kitchell, which provided construction services for the new Diamond Children’s at University Medical Center, and Starlight Children’s Foundation, will place two Fun Centers™, featuring a Nintendo Wii™, DVD player and a Sharp AQUOS™ LCD TV, and a PC Pal® (laptop computer) that pediatric patients can use anywhere in the hospital to enjoy and pass the time while waiting for treatments and procedures at Diamond Children’s.
Where:  Diamond Children’s at University Medical Center – 6th Floor Lobby
               1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson, AZ 85724
                                            
When: Please join us on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010 at 1 p.m.
 
Background:    The ease with which Fun Centers roll right up to the side of young patients’ beds or anywhere in a hospital setting makes them perfect for hospitalized children in numerous situations: anticipating surgery, during long outpatient clinic treatments, waiting in the emergency room or fighting loneliness after visiting hours have ended. The Fun Center is a welcome guest, when other visitors aren’t around. 
 
PC Pals are high-tech laptop computer systems designed to meet the unique needs of pediatric patients ages 5 to 18. PC Pals keep kids connected to life and loved ones outside the hospital through e-mail and chat, provide hours of entertainment and fun, and enable young patients to easily keep up with school work. Each laptop also provides direct access to Starbright World (www.starlight.org/starbrightworld), Starlight Children Foundation’s private, professionally moderated social network for seriously ill teens and their siblings that provide both a community of support and a critically important sense of belonging. Each PC Pal also comes pre-installed with Starlight medical education and disease management programs.
 
About Kitchell:  Over the past 60+ years, Kitchell has applied innovative approaches to quality assurance, safety, value engineering and environmental protection--among other industry-leading practices--to a wide range of construction projects in the healthcare, hospitality, corrections, utility, retail, performing arts and academic communities. Having completed more than $5 billion in healthcare construction on more than 66 fully operational hospital campuses, Modern Healthcare magazine has featured Kitchell as a Top 20 Healthcare Construction Manager since 1983.  Kitchell’s healthcare specialists understand the critical issues of quality patient care, functionality/staffing efficiency and medical technology.  Its nationally recognized Facilities Development, Inc. (FDI) is wholly-owned subsidiary devoted to handling the complex intricacies of planning for medical equipment procurement/operations and facility transition. 
 
About Diamond Children’s Medical Center: Diamond Children's at University Medical Center unites the exceptional pediatric resources of the University of Arizona Steele Children's Research Center and University Medical Center to provide advanced health care for our children and their families. Diamond Children’s is a bright, healing environment where families are at home and children feel safe while receiving the advanced care they need from the pediatric specialty physicians and researchers of the UA Steele Center, as well as community pediatric physicians.   
 
About Starlight: Starlight Children’s FoundationTM was founded in 1983 to help seriously ill children and their families cope with their pain, fear and isolation through entertainment, education and family activities. Starlight’s programs have been proven to distract children from their pain, help them better understand and manage their illnesses, and connect families facing similar challenges so that no one feels alone. Each year, Starlight Children’s Foundation Arizona touched the lives of more than 50,000 children and their families statewide. www.starlight.org/arizona .