Hospital Heroes will provide more than 1750 sessions in 2018
Imagine what it feels like to be a kid too young to understand why scary, painful things are happening to them in the hospital. Our Hospital Heroes are therapists who help kids cope with painful medical treatments, chemotherapy, and long hospital stays. Maria, an 8-year-old waiting for an organ transplant, struggled with treatment-resistant pain and depression. After a series of therapeutic touch sessions with her Hospital Heroes therapists, nurses were happy to see this young patient struggled less with pain, slept better, and smiled more often. Every day the little girl asked, “When are my Hospital Heroes coming to visit me again?”
The Hospital Heroes Program provides Integrative Touch™ therapy and wellness education to hospitalized children (from premature babies to young adults in their 20's) and their families at Banner Children’s Hospital in Tucson, Arizona. The program uses teams of two therapists, who provide simultaneous therapy to children and their families in their hospital rooms, using a variety of integrative therapy modalities such as: massage, sound therapy, acupressure, reiki and play therapy, which are customized for each child and family’s need. The specific outputs of the Hospital Heroes program are: pain reduction for hospitalized children, reduction in fear, distress and anxiety for hospitalized children and their families, increased overall well-being, and increased satisfaction with the hospitalization experience. This past year, our Research and Evaluation Committee completed an evaluation study of Hospital Heroes program found significant outcomes using validated and reliable measures. Pre and post session evaluations show 60% reductions in pain, 62% reductions in anxiety, and 52% improvements in global well-being. 85% of program participants rated their satisfaction as a perfect 10 out of 10.
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