Donation Enhances Hospital Stay by Bringing Play to the Bedside


Group of volunteers posing with video games

Two organizations came together to enhance the hospital stay for kids at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California. FlexCare Medical Staffing partnered with Gamers Outreach to donate four portable video game kiosks to the hospital in Sacramento. Known as “GO Karts” the medical-grade kiosks enable nurses to provide bedside activities to children who are unable to leave their hospital room. Representatives from FlexCare and Gamers Outreach — the GO in GO Karts — delivered the activity stations to the hospital on Friday, March 2. The Therapeutic Recreation and Child Life team accepted the donation on behalf of the hospital — and the children it serves.

“Our child life team is so grateful for this generous donation. The GO Karts will give all of our patients the opportunity to enjoy the therapeutic benefits of play at the bedside,” says Melissa Grialou, manager of the hospital’s Therapeutic Recreation and Child Life program. “Play is vital to the healing process. Not only does it reduce anxiety that can be associated with a hospital stay, but it allows our kids to discover their potential and engage in fun, interactive activities.”

“Our community of nurses and clinicians serves as a daily source of inspiration for us,” said Travis Mannon, chief executive officer of FlexCare Medical Staffing. “When we were considering ways to appropriately honor their dedication, we knew it had to be something that would speak to the heart of their passion: to help patients thrive. It’s an honor to do that by supporting Shriners’ efforts to provide world-class patient care for children and their families.”

Young boy playing a video game

FlexCare funded the donation of the four GO Karts to the Shriners Hospital. The carts were assembled by Gamers Outreach, a charity organization that provides equipment, technology, and software to help kids cope with treatment inside hospitals. The carts are equipped with a television, video game system and two controllers. Each GO Kart also has an internal lift mechanism that allows staff to adjust the cart to accommodate needs of each patient.

Shriners Hospitals for Children provides specialized care to children with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, cleft lip and palate, and other complex pediatric surgery needs regardless of the families’ ability to pay. Generally, care is provided until age 18, although, in some cases, it may be extended to age 21. All care and services are provided in a family-centered environment. For more information, please visit.

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