meg, a child life specialist at children’s hospital, provides support to patients.
children’s national medical center never ceases to amaze me — their stellar team provides exceptional care and service for countless brave little patients that are need medical treatment. along with some of the best doctors in the world, children’s has amazing support staff and specialists that aid in child care. on an average day, 60-80 children have surgical procedures at children’s national medical center. child life specialists are available to provide psychological preparation and emotional support before, during and after procedures. the specialists are outstanding + compassionate people, trained to help children and their families understand and cope with illness, treatment and hospitalization. additionally, child life specialists employ fun therapeutic play with patients that help to de-mystify surgery and make “playing doctor” a true learning experience. watching meg with the patients and their families in the moments leading up to surgery was inspiring — bravo to her and all the amazing people who devote their lives to improving care for sick children!