Closed-circuit televisions allow isolated patients to play Bingo from their rooms and phone in for prizes, which are delivered to the room. Closed-circuit television is also used to help parents of infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit watch their children when the mother is hospitalized at another location.
Family support space is available within each patient care unit. These spaces include kitchens, laundry facilities, lounge areas, showers and an exercise bike for families.
The Sister Joseph Patient and Visitor Library has more than 150 videocassette titles with G-ratings for children. You may check the listings in your room, at the nurses' station or in the library. The library also has books, from fiction to medical reference materials. Internet access and modems for portable computers also are available. Hours are from 8:30 to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Pediatric and adolescent patients are included in frequent special events, such as holiday or birthday celebrations, visits from celebrities or fun events sponsored by community organizations.
Lockers are available for family members of patients staying in the intensive care unit.
If you would like to borrow a pager at no cost so you can be contacted immediately, your nurse can tell you how to obtain one.
Pets can be very helpful in the healing process. Mayo Clinic permits some pets to visit. Several registered therapeutic pets visit Mayo Eugenio Litta Children's Hospital on a regular basis. Contact your nurse or child life specialist to find out if your pet is allowed to visit.
Three developmentally appropriate play areas are available in Mayo Eugenio Litta Children's Hospital. An infant and toddler room is at the west end of the Francis Building, Third Floor. A playroom for school-age children in centrally located in the Francis Building, Third Floor. The teen lounge is in the Mary Brigh Building, Second Floor, near the atrium.
Tutors from the Rochester School District are available for children and teens who will be absent from school for long or frequent periods of time. To arrange for this service, contact Mayo Clinic Medical Social Services at 507-284-2131.
The art at Mayo Eugenio Litta Children's Hospital was selected because it appeals to people of all ages. Among the pieces that can be viewed are:
Original art from pediatric patients and school children from across the country has been transformed into 1,500 ceramic tiles and set in specially constructed panels throughout the interior of the hospital.
A wide array of children's activities marks the beginning of each month on the perpetual calendar bordering this mirror. Located in the Mary Brigh Building, Second Floor, by the teen lounge. Sarah Grant-Hutchison and Jim Lueders created this piece.
This painted wood carving by John Cisney is located in the Mary Brigh Building, Third Floor Atrium.
A ceramic beaver pond, complete with beaver and other creatures, is located in the Mary Brigh Building, Second Floor Atrium. This pond was created by Bob Wilson.
Sitting near the pond are bronze statues of a young boy and girl reading about nature. On the Third Floor Atrium, a small boy with a teddy bear observes the activity below. Jane DeDecker created these statues.
Pen and ink drawings by Disney illustrator Bill Justice, hang in the ramped hallway of the Mary Brigh Building, Third Floor Atrium.
"Under the Pond," by Tom Dola, hangs in the Francis Building, Third Floor, east of the playroom. "Busy Signal," by Judy Onofrio, hangs in the teen lounge, Mary Brigh Building, Second Floor.
This wall hanging, created by Mary Anne Wise though a technique known as rug hooking, is located in the Mary Brigh Building, Third Floor.
A series of painted porcelain plates and tiles created by Suzanne Mears hangs in the hallway to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Mary Brigh Building, Third Floor.