Diamond Children’s at University Medical Center Receives Starlight Fun Centers™ and PC Pals® from the Starlight Foundation

Monday, February 28, 2011 - 1:00pm
TUCSON, Ariz. – Contractors who provided construction services for Diamond Children's at University Medical Center will place two Fun Centers™, featuring a Nintendo Wii™, DVD player and a Sharp AQUOS™ LCD TV, and two PC Pals® (laptop computers) 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.
 
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 many 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 that are 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 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. 
 
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About Diamond Children’s at University Medical Center: Diamond 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.