Closed-circuit TVs allow isolated patients to play bingo from their rooms and phone in for prizes, which are delivered to the room. Closed-circuit TV is also used to help parents of infants in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit watch their children when the mother is hospitalized at another location.
Located in the Francis Building, seventh floor, the Sister Joseph Patient and Visitor Library has many videos for children. The library also has books, from fiction to medical reference materials. Computers and printers are available in the library. Hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Kids and teen patients are included in frequent special events, such as holiday or birthday celebrations, visits from celebrities or fun events sponsored by community organizations.
At 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 is centrally located in the Francis Building, third floor. The teen lounge is in the Mary Brigh Building, second floor, near the atrium. These areas have computers, age-appropriate activities and crafts. The Pediatric Transplant Unit and CSICU have their own activity rooms.
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.
The child-friendly environment at Mayo Eugenio Litta Children's Hospital has eye-catching displays by various outstanding artists, including a perpetual calendar to mark children's activities each month, a Noah's ark wood carving, a ceramic beaver pond, beautiful bronze statues of children, delightful Disney drawings, ceiling art for young kids and teens, an animal alphabet rug, and painted porcelain plates and tiles.
In addition, original art from pediatric patients and schoolchildren from across the country has been transformed into 1,500 ceramic tiles seen throughout the interior of the hospital.