Pediatrics Unit Renovation
Healing hands, warm smiles, comforting hugs – all within the bare, white walls of the Pediatric unit of Natividad Medical Center.
Nurse Minnie Abeya has been on the Pediatric Unit for 40 years. She says the sick babies, children and youth at Natividad are able to get out of bed and play to stimulate healing and learning, but there is nothing on the walls or ceiling to spark a child’s imagination. The children exercise by circling a bare corridor. The floors, finishes and furniture of the Pediatric Unit have outlived their useful lifecycle and must be refurbished, repaired or replaced.
But there is hope. With your help, Natividad can refurbish the Pediatric Unit in a way that speaks to children by creating a special welcoming, educational and interactive space for our young patients to heal with their families. We realize the urgency of making these changes on behalf of our youngest patients. We are embarking on a $1 million campaign to fund our “Sea Treasures” refurbishment project.
Surfaces will be smooth and interesting; flooring will be soft, seamless and sturdy. Children will be greeted by a seahorse, the cool colors of the ocean, with its blue and white waves and colorful underwater plants, sea creatures and heroic whales, plus a giant fish on the line. The art of distraction takes shape with sea-green tiles and a school of fish escorting children through the corridor as they “swim” through an interactive mural along their healing journey.
Please join us now to bring “Sea Treasures” to the poorest hospitalized children in our county.