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The Dec My Room program, which brings comfort, customization and a unique style to patients’ rooms. The rooms are decorated strictly for new patients admitted for bone marrow transplantation.
August 2007 – Texas Children’s Hospital
Texas Children’s Cancer Center patients are in for a real surprise with the launch of the Dec My Room program, which brings comfort, customization and a unique style to patients’ rooms. The rooms are decorated strictly for new patients admitted for bone marrow transplantation.
The transplant process can be lengthy. Coupled with an extended stay away from the familiarity and comfort of their own space, patients can become very homesick. The Dec My Room program hopes to alleviate some of this by involving the patients in putting their distinct fingerprint on the room they will be calling home for many weeks, sometimes months.
Susan Plank, a Texas Children’s Cancer Center Advisory Board member, began the program by decorating a patient’s room with a University of Texas theme. The program has since decorated four additional rooms with themes such as Superman, Houston Dynamos, Cars, and a room for an infant baby girl.
With a budget of $250 per room, patients are able to watch in astonishment as many volunteers come together to give these rooms a special makeover. The process begins by concentrating on what the patient may be a fanatic about, which becomes the theme of the room. Ideas are put to the test as volunteers hustle to renovate the room by adding to the current décor, or adapting to the specific medical needs of the patient.
Throughout the progression, volunteers obtain each other’s input, as well as the patients and their families, and bring all ideas together to incorporate into the room. With each step they take, the room moves from a design to reality. The final result is the transformation of a hospital room to a personal paradise, making the children’s stay at the hospital a more pleasant one.
The program relies on the generosity of donors. To learn more about the program and how to donate, contact Lisa McCoy at (832) 822-4725.
Pictured: Bone marrow transplant patient, Nick, was thrilled to discover his room decorated in Houston Dynamos gear.
Texas Children’s Hospital one of the top pediatric organizations in the world, is in the midst of a $1.5 billion investment. Aptly titled Vision 2010 – Excellence to Eminence, this is the largest short-term investment ever by a single children’s hospital anywhere in the world. Major projects, which are scheduled for completion by 2010, include the creation of a comprehensive neurological research institute, the formation of a maternity center, expansion of existing research facilities and the development of one of the largest pediatric hospitals in a suburban setting.