The largest single gift in the hospital's history will support construction of a family commons designed to be a treatment-free floor that provides spaces for families to relax, recover, and connect. Initial plans for the floor include an open play area featuring an outdoor patio, living room area, and nineteen resting nooks offering privacy and lounge space; a private area where patient families can reconnect and recharge; a new preschool program with expanded resources for patients and family members; centralized patient and concierge services to meet families' various needs, including housing, transportation, food, and care coordination; and a parent share area for families to get non-clinical answers from other St. Jude parents.
In addition to the commons floor, the gift will fund an accessible playground, a walking path, gardens, and a 3.5-acre green space on the hospital's grounds, as well as operating costs for the new indoor and outdoor spaces over the next five years.
"At St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, we work to ensure patients and their families have the very best experience possible," said St. Jude president and CEO James R. Downing. "As we asked families how we could further enhance the environment, many of them told us they would appreciate a space away from the medical setting — a place that offers them family time, creative outlets, resources, and opportunities to socialize with other families. The family commons area will do just that."
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