New Teen Lounge Opens at Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper
The Cooper Foundation, in partnership with the Alicia Rose Victorious Foundation and the Ravitz Family Foundation, today celebrated the opening of the new Teen Lounge at Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper.
“This new Teen Lounge is designed to be a special place for our adolescent patients, where they can take a break from their hospital stay, have fun and meet others their own age who can relate to what they are going through,” said Susan Bass Levin, President and CEO of The Cooper Foundation. “We are especially thankful to the Alicia Rose Victorious Foundation and the Ravitz Family Foundation for their generous support in making this important project a reality.”
The Alicia Rose Victorious Foundation and the Ravitz Family Foundation each donated $10,000 for the creation of the Teen Lounge, which is outfitted with a flat-screen television, comfortable couches and chairs, two computer consoles, gaming systems, board games, books and much more.
“For teens confined to a hospital, the opportunity to have fun in a well-equipped, inviting environment truly assists in the healing process,” said Gisele DiNatale, Co-founder of the Alicia Rose Victorious Foundation. “Many hospitals have playrooms that are available for younger children, but when our daughter Alicia was hospitalized, we realized that teens need a welcoming space that they can call their own.”
The Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper treats approximately 500 adolescent patients annually, with 25 percent of those patients facing a life-threatening illness.
“We are honored to support the Teen Lounge at Cooper,” said Steve Ravitz, Chairman of the Ravitz Family Foundation. “Now teenagers being treated at Cooper have a place where they can hang out, play games and just be a kid for a while.”
In addition, Cooper’s Child Life Team will provide programming and activities geared specifically toward teenage patients.
“An essential part of providing comprehensive, family-centered health care is recognizing the importance of the environment in helping our patients feel better. That is especially important for children and teens,” said Adrienne Kirby, President and CEO, Cooper University Health Care. “We are so thankful for this new Teen Lounge because it enhances the care we provide and helps alleviate the fear and stress associated with hospitalization.”
Wendy A. Marano