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Community : Top Stories Last Updated: Jul 24, 2013 - 8:37:26 AM

See what the MUSC Children's Hospital license plates funded this year
Jul 24, 2013 - 8:33:56 AM

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Editor’s Note: Last week we featured a story about the MUSC Children’s Hospital license plates. We inadvertently edited out some of the projects that the programs fund. Below we have reprinted the full list of what the plates funded this year. For more information, visit

Wall of Hope – A compelling series of framed photos will line the hall leading to the entrance of the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), depicting images and stories of other children who had challenges at birth but are now thriving, healthy children. The VAC grant covers the first “start-up” year, though it would be an ongoing project.

Transport Treatment References – This grant buys an iPad for the Pediatric Meducare Team, which transports over 600 children per year by helicopter or ambulance to the Children’s Hospital. The device will allow for faster check on reference guides such as drug calculations, ventilator settings, and verification of treatment protocols.

Transilluminator (grants for these were given to three separate departments) – This is a cold LED light system that a nurse can use to visualize optimal sites for IV placement or blood draws; it illuminates the veins of young patients that may not be visible to the “naked eye” of a nurse, resulting in fewer misattempts at vein access (i.e. less poking).

Beads of Courage - Through Beads of Courage, children with serious illnesses tell their story using colorful beads as meaningful symbols, commemorating milestones they have achieved along their unique treatment path, from IV pokes to surgery. The VAC grant will provide for “special,” non-invasive experience beads, such as pet or music therapy.

Privacy Screens – Eight wood/plexiglass screens for private breastfeeding will be placed in the neonatal nurseries. Construction of the screens is also an Eagle Scout project, with the entire Boy Scout troop lending a hand.

Sensory Waiting Room – To ease the stress of clinic visits to the developmental-behavioral pediatric unit, which serves a population of children with a variety of neurological disorders, this grant will fund shatter-proof mirrors, texturized boards, a rocking toy, and an activity table for visual, textural, tactile, and gross motor stimulation.

Pediatric Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (PCICU) Family Lockers – Family members of patients in the PCICU often must go hours without access to their children, so they bring things from home to help them pass the time. Since they are often restricted from bringing these items to their child’s high-risk bedside, lockers would provide a secure place to keep personal belongings.

Ozzie’s Project – In its fifth year at MUSC, the program provides new toys for children in isolation who cannot use toys that have been previously used and whose toys cannot be used by other patients due to infection concerns. The grant also provides educational materials related to isolation and chronic illness to family members.

Passages Program – Another recurring grant recipient, the Children’s Hospital Bereavement Program provides a tangible, lasting way for family members to remember a child they have lost by creating hand molds in special memory box.

iPad Therefore I Can – This program features rehabilitation and educational software applications on iPads that enhance the fine motor and visual motor skills of special needs children (autism, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury).  The VAC grant will purchase an iPad, protective KidBox, and innovative therapy apps for the Outpatient Pediatric Rehabilitation clinic.

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