LIVESTRONG Selects Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach as Community Impact Project Award Recipient
2011-02-15 · By Editor
Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach was the only California hospital announced as a LIVESTRONG® Community Impact Project award recipient in the SuperSibs! category. Miller Children’s was one of 179 qualified hospitals, cancer centers and community organizations in eight regions across the United States, selected to participate in an online voting campaign. During a two-week period, more than 260,000 votes were cast earning Miller Children’s the award to fully establish the SuperSibs! Program. Miller Children’s is now the only hospital in California to have the full SuperSibs! Program available to patients and their family members.
The SuperSibs! Program will provide ongoing, targeted support to an underserved and often unrecognized cancer survivor population: siblings of children with cancer. “SuperSibs! ensures that these siblings, the “shadow survivors,” do not feel alone, insignificant or forgotten, and can face the future with strength, courage and hope,” says Tammie Mitchell, social worker, Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center (JJCCC), Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach. “When families are faced with challenging decisions, and are preparing for a battle against a life-threatening disease, everyday things are easily overlooked. That’s why this program is important, so that no child goes without the attention they deserve.”
The Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center currently offers the “Support Our Siblings” (SOS) Program, which is a monthly support group for siblings ages 8-15 of patients with cancer and serious blood disorders. SOS is a unique sibling program because it offers face-to-face interaction between siblings of cancer patients in the hospital and their care team. It is a group setting that allows kids to talk and bond with others and “shadow survivors.” The siblings can learn from each other and have a place all their own to express themselves, as well as go on outings outside the hospital and have the opportunity to just be a kid. Miller Children’s will use the $10,000 award to expand the current “Support Our Siblings” Program to the full SuperSibs! Program bringing comfort and care items such as journals and educational materials to siblings at Miller Children’s as well as fund field trips for siblings.
“We are thrilled and honored to be named as a Community Impact Project award recipient,” says Mitchell. “This award will go a long way and will allow us to continue to bring family centered care to our cancer patients and their families. We want to give special thanks to everyone who voted in support of this program. Together, we’re making a difference in the lives of siblings of patients with cancer and serious blood disorders and their families.”
About Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach:
Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach provides specialized pediatric care for children and young adults, with conditions ranging from common to complex—as well as maternity care for expectant mothers—all under one roof. Only 5 percent of all hospitals are children’s hospitals, making them unique not only to children’s health care needs in the community, but across the region. Miller Children’s is one of only eight free-standing children’s hospitals in California.
About Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center:
The Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center (JJCCC) at Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach provides quality, compassionate care to children with cancer, sickle cell disease and other serious blood disorders. The Center is known for its comprehensive psychosocial programs and multidisciplinary approach to patient care. An emphasis on integrating new research efforts into treatment plans allows patients access to leading therapies.
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