Donated 10 iPads to Santa Barbara Children’s Hospital
In October 2014, we proudly donated 10 iPads to Cottage Children’s Hospital at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital (SBCH). The 10 iPads will be made available to all children seeking treatment in the Acute Pediatrics Unit, the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to help make their hospitalization a little easier through entertainment, education, and communication.
We think Gwendolyn sums it up best:
“I know what it’s like to be in the hospital. It’s really hard,” said 7-year-old Gwendolyn Strong (with the help of an iPad to communicate). “I really wanted to give these iPads to other kids to help them while they are in the hospital getting better.”
Gwendolyn has been cared for in the PICU at SBCH for several extended periods of time since her SMA diagnosis in 2008. We feel extremely fortunate to live in such an incredibly supportive community like Santa Barbara. And the life-critical care Gwendolyn receives while in the PICU at SBCH has been a key component to our care plan for her, maintaining her quality of life and ultimately providing us the gift of time well beyond her original prognosis. We are incredibly fortunate to have a children’s hospital at the caliber of CCH in our community; they’ve literally saved Gwendolyn’s life several times. We also know firsthand how challenging it is for children to be in the hospital. And so we’re excited to be able to give back to the community through these 10 iPads and help other children through their difficult time in the hospital.
In accepting this donation on behalf of Cottage Children's Hospital, Child Life Specialist Jaynie Wood said, “iPads are the perfect way to help our youngest patients find enjoyment and relaxation during a hospital stay. The way Gwendolyn has drawn on her own experiences to help other children is such an inspiration. We are grateful to the Strong family for stepping forward with this wonderful gift of technology that all children find irresistible.”
To read more about this donation, please click HERE.