On any given day, there are between 15-40 children being cared for in the Sparrow Children’s Center. Approximately 25 percent of these children are 13 years of age or older.
While the Sparrow Children’s Center offers the specialized care they need, the space, designed with our littlest Patients in mind, can leave them feeling out of place at a time when they most want to fit in.
A Teen Lounge was originally established at Sparrow based on the vision of Brian Nichols, a 15 yr. old with Hodgkin’s Disease. Brian spent many days and nights at Sparrow surrounded by wagons, stuffed animals, and playrooms filled with toys – things that helped the younger children feel more comfortable. What he wished for was a place to help him feel like a normal teenager.
After his passing in 1988, his family and friends established The Brian Nichols Memorial Golf Outing and used the proceeds to fund the Brian Nichols Teen Lounge at Sparrow. As time has passed, our teens, and our technology, have evolved, but the space until now, has not. See some “before” photos.
Sparrow’s commitment to providing the best Patient care means providing facilities that meet the needs of our Patients. So today, working with our Parent Advisory Council and our Pediatric Caregivers, we are reimagining the Teen Lounge.
A complete renovation to the Teen Lounge, with the help of High 5ive – The Drew Stanton Foundation and Lexus of Lansing, will provide a more age appropriate “hang-out” for our older Children’s Center Patients stocked with new lounge furniture, computers, and the latest technology in TVs, gaming and audio systems. See some “after” photos.
We’re creating a space, away from the hospital bed, where teens can feel at home even when they are struggling to understand a new diagnosis or preparing for the next round of treatment. A place for them to have some independence, watch a movie with friends, take a deep breath.
• Approximately 180 sq. ft.
• Generously funded by a $50,000 investment
• Construction start: October 2013
• Estimated completion: May 2014