April 29, 2008

News Release

For Immediate Release

More than 160 children signed up to partiocipate in the UNMH Bring Your Child to Work Day event held on Thursday, April 24 in the main hospital. The activities began at 9 a.m. when kids and their parents converged on a kid-friendly health fair with displays from recruiting, compensation and benefits, Child Life, Sleep Center, Peds PACU and OR, Radiology, Epidemiology and Safety, Lifeguard, CTH Orthotics and Prosthetics, and Occupational Therapy.

At recruitment the kids received a name tag with their choice of a health-related title. Then they punched in on a time clock and took their time card to each booth for a stamp. Along the way they got water bottles, gloves and masks, demonstrations, explanations, hands-on opportunities and a lot of great health-related information about the different services UNMH provides to its patients, young and old.

Kids and their parents also had the opportunity to take tours of the BATCAVE, the new Child Life center, the new Pavilion food & nutrition area, and the security center and helipad at BBRP.

Once finished, the children punched out of their job for the day and received a paycheck for a soda in the cafeteria. They also received a UNMH CD holder and other goodies. Many hospitals employees graciously volunteered to help make the event a special one for the kids, planting the seed for their exploration of health care as a future profession. Bring Your Child to Work is held annually on the fourth Thursday of April.