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Banner Thunderbird to unveil Fun Center for pediatric patients in their Children’s Center


GLENDALE, Ariz. (June. 14, 2012) – When children are in Banner Thunderbird, Child Life specialists use a number of activities to keep those well enough to participate as busy as possible to lighten the load of being in the hospital. Watching DVDs and playing Wii games are ways to help distract pediatric patients during their stay.

Banner Thunderbird’s Children’s Center is pleased to announce that they are the recipient of a Fun Center, a sophisticated game console from the Starlight Children’s Foundation and funded by the Sundt Corporation Foundation. Banner Thunderbird applied to Starlight for the Fun Center, was placed on a waiting list and through the generosity of Sundt, recently received the Fun Center.

At 1 p.m. on Friday, June 22, in Conference Rooms 2 and 3 in the hospital’s Lower Level, Banner Thunderbird Children’s Center will accept and unveil the brand new Fun Center. Banner Thunderbird CEO Tom Dickson and other members of the hospital’s administration as well as representatives from Starlight and Sundt will also be on hand to participate in the dedication event.

“We are so grateful to be chosen as a recipient of the Starlight Fun Center,” said Barbara Cabrera, director of Pediatric Services at Banner Thunderbird. “The Fun Center offers our patients an outlet for diversion that will help them cope with their hospital experience in a positive way.  It helps with what we call ‘normalizing’ the hospital experience, by providing a play activity that they might typically do at home when they are healthy. This will definitely be a popular way to deal with the stress of being hospitalized.”

Starlight partners to bring entertainment technology that helps seriously ill children and their families cope with their pain and fear through entertainment, education and family activities. The Starlight Foundation was fortunate to receive a grant from the Sundt Foundation to purchase the Fun Center for Banner Thunderbird.

The Sundt Foundation receives most of its funding through employee contributions, which are matched by the company. To date, they have provided more than $4 million in aid to organizations in Arizona, California and Texas.

About Banner Thunderbird Medical Center
Banner Thunderbird Medical Center – part of Banner Health, a nonprofit health system with 23 hospitals throughout the West—is a 514-bed hospital offering surgical services, obstetrics and gynecology, emergency care, behavioral health services and heart care. It is Glendale’s largest private employer with 2,800 employees and 1,200 physicians.

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