Cleveland, OH,
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Dec My Room turns young MetroHealth patient's room into a home away from home

A prolonged hospital stay is a daunting prospect for anyone. But when you are a child facing hospital time, the idea can be a bit overwhelming if not downright scary.

What to do to help make the stay more kid-friendly? How about a hospital room makeover?

That's where the charity Dec My Room comes in.

In 2007, founders Susan Plank and her daughter Kendall were asked to visit a young family friend who was going to hospitalized for 3 weeks. They decided they wanted to make his stay more comfortable. They called his family, found out what his interests were and hit the stores. When their friend arrived for his hospitalization, he found his room decked out with items from his favorite sports team. Dec My Room was born!

The organization recently partnered with MetroHealth and transformed their very first MetroHealth room in January.

Four-year-old Josh thought he was just getting a much anticipated trip the the playroom that day. As soon as he left his room, the Cleveland Area Chapter of Dec My Room moved in. Josh loves Transformers and Paw Patrol so those themes played a big part in his room redo. Less than one hour later, Josh's room had a new quilt, wall stickers and framed art. There were coloring books and toys featuring some of his favorite characters. A new robe and toothbrush were in his bathroom. He had new sweatpants and superhero t-shirts to match, and a comfy beanbag chair to hang out it. Parents were included too, with comfy pillows for the bed they used as well as some pampering lotions and leggings to relax in for mom.

Watch the video to see the transformation and to hear from Rebecca Davis, the director of the Cleveland Chapter of Dec My Room.

For more information on Dec My Room, click right here. 

About the MetroHealth System

The MetroHealth System is redefining health care by going beyond medical treatment to improve the foundations of community health and well-being: affordable housing, a cleaner environment, economic opportunity and access to fresh food, convenient transportation, legal help and other services. The system strives to become as good at preventing disease as it is at treating it.

The system’s more than 600 doctors, 1,700 nurses and 7,800 employees go to work each day with a mission of service, to their patients and to the community. As Cuyahoga County’s safety-net health system, MetroHealth plays an essential role in the region, caring for anyone and everyone, regardless of an ability to pay.

Founded in 1837, MetroHealth operates four hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites throughout Cuyahoga County. The system serves more than 300,000 patients, two-thirds of whom are uninsured or covered by Medicare or Medicaid.

MetroHealth is home to Cuyahoga County’s most experienced Level I Adult Trauma Center, verified since 1992, and Ohio’s only adult and pediatric trauma and burn center.

As an academic medical center, MetroHealth is committed to research and to teaching and training tomorrow’s caregivers. Each active staff physician holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Its main campus hospital houses the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s Lincoln-West School of Science & Health, the only high school in America located inside a hospital.

Knowing that good health is about much more than good medical care, MetroHealth has launched the Institute for H.O.P.E.™ (Health, Opportunity, Partnership, Empowerment), which uses a coordinated, collaborative and strategic approach to help patients with non-medical needs such as healthy food, stable housing and job training.

The MetroHealth Glick Center, a new 11-floor hospital, is under construction on the system’s main campus in Cleveland and is scheduled to welcome its first patients in October 2022. The billion-dollar project is the cornerstone of a wider neighborhood revitalization effort led by the system and its partners in the community.

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