Northwestern Mutual donates iPads to Hoops Family Children’s Hospital
10/29/2013 - The State Journal
HUNTINGTON - Staff and advisers with Northwestern Mutual recently delivered four iPads to the Hoops Family Children's Hospital at Cabell Huntington Hospital for children who are hospitalized to use during their stays.
Wes Richardson, managing director of Northwestern Mutual in Huntington, said the donation was possible because of the advisers and their support team from the Tri-State area as well as contributions from Jim Dobbs, managing partner of Northwestern Mutual in Charleston, the Northwestern Mutual Foundation and Starlight Children's Foundation.
"We are very excited about continuing to work with Cabell Huntington Hospital as a whole, and specifically the Hoops Family Children's Hospital," Richardson said. "Our business is centered on protecting families, and we know that is the mission of the hospital as well."
The iPads will be used for therapeutic and educational activities, and their use will be overseen by the Child Life Program at the children's hospital.
"This donation of iPads is greatly appreciated and very meaningful for our patients because it gives us another tool to use as we manage the anxiety a child may have while they are a patient," said Mary Wallace, child life specialist at the hospital. "We install programs on these iPads that are used to teach children about the medical procedures and tests they may experience.
"By learning about their hospital experience using an interactive activity on an iPad, we have found that children are less anxious about their test or treatment."
The Hoops Family Children's Hospital is a 71-bed children's hospital within a hospital located at Cabell Huntington Hospital, which is a 303-bed academic medical center in Huntington. It is affiliated with the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.
"A donation like this from Northwestern Mutual is a perfect example of how our business community has become involved in our Children's Hospital project," Kristi Arrowood, director of development with the Cabell Huntington Hospital Foundation, said in a news release. "We greatly appreciate the donations made by the staff and advisers of Northwestern Mutual, and we look forward to expanding our relationship as the Hoops Family Children's Hospital grows."