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, Cuyahoga County’s public health system, is honoring its commitment to create a healthier community by building a new hospital on its main campus in Cleveland. The building, and the 25 acres of green space around it, are catalyzing the revitalization of MetroHealth’s West Side neighborhood.

MetroHealth will break ground on the new hospital in late 2018, using nearly $1 billion it borrowed on its own credit after dramatically improving its finances. In the past five years, MetroHealth’s operating revenue has increased by 44.5 percent and its number of employees by 21 percent. Today, its staff of 7,700 provides care at MetroHealth’s four hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites throughout Cuyahoga County. In the past year, MetroHealth has served 300,000 patients at more than 1.4 million visits in its hospitals and health centers, 75 percent of whom are uninsured or covered by Medicare or Medicaid.

The health system is home to Cuyahoga County’s most experienced Level I Adult Trauma Center, verified since 1992, and the only adult and pediatric burn center in the state of Ohio.

As an academic medical center, MetroHealth is committed to teaching and research. Each active staff physician holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and its main campus hospital houses a Cleveland Metropolitan School District high school of science and health.

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