Twin Cities Alumnae Chapter Supports Local Hospital in a Big Way

The Twin Cities Alumna Chapter (TCAC) presented a Robbie Page Memorial Grant to North Memorial Health Hospital’s Child Life Program, Tuesday, October 4th, 2017.  The grant money donated will be used to purchase an interactive video screen with games and activities for children in the pediatric unit lounge at North Memorial Health Hospital.

According to Phylicia Petit, Beta Pi Chapter alumna and Certified Child Life Specialist, the Child Life Program at North Memorial is a budding program that started in August of 2016. In the grant application, Phylicia describes the one-person program, serving all pediatric patients and children of adult patients that are referred to her services. In the past 7 months, she has provided Child Life Services to around 200 patients and their families throughout the entire community hospital since starting the program. The Robbie Page Memorial Fund Grant will greatly impact the hospital stay of the children seen at North Memorial Medical Center.

“Children cope with life stressors by doing what they know best – playing,” said Phylicia Petit, child life specialist at North Memorial Health Hospital. “By promoting play we are ensuring that the child will return to his or her typical development following their illness or traumatic injury.”

The new video screen system is scheduled to be installed later this fall.

“As the Philanthropic Chair, I couldn’t be more pleased to apply and receive a grant for North Memorial Child Life Program.  It encompasses everything Tri Sigma is about.  In addition, this year, we specifically applied with a Sigma alumna working in a child life program.  This is worth celebrating.”  Camille Chasteen, RPM Officer, TCAC.

The TCAC will be revisiting North Memorial Hospital January 28, 2018 for a tour of the Child Life Program along with the pediatric floor, see the video screen system in action then help make valentines for patients and parents.

Pictured above: (left to right) Joseph Lofgren – Development Specialist of Foundation, Patty Reicks – Manager of Trauma Services, Cathy Anderson – Director of Patient Care, Cristina Wahl – Assistant Nurse Manager of Women & Children’s Services, Jen White – Nurse Manager of Women & Children’s Services, and Phylicia Petit – Certified Child Life Specialist of Women & Children’s Services, Camille Chasteen, Joy Horkey, Maggie Keating, Kristin Smith, Linda Manley-Kuitu, Mikki Gottwalt, Jenni Lundquist

Are you interested in making a difference in the lives of others? Service and philanthropy is a big part of what Tri Sigma’s alumnae chapters are all about. Find a local chapter near you to check out their events.