Today, as every day, children will arrive at UVA Children’s Hospital to receive care. Some will be admitted, while others will come and go on the same day for an outpatient visit. Some are familiar faces to the nurses, doctors and staff they will encounter, while others are visiting our medical facilities for the first time. These are children from different backgrounds, receiving care for many different reasons.
But every single one of these children will have one experience in common. Shortly after they arrive for their inpatient or outpatient appointment, they will have the opportunity to choose a brand-new hardcover book, just right for their age, and they will be able to keep this gifted book throughout their time at UVA Children’s Hospital and when they return home.
This experience for our pediatric patients has been made possible by The Soho Center, a nonprofit focused on promoting literacy among Virginia’s youth. Soho donated 10,000 high-quality children’s books to UVA Children’s Hospital last spring, and is set to give another 60,000 books in 2014 — 30,000 in early 2014, and an additional 30,000 after the Battle Building opens in the summer.
Read the full story at UVA Connect (link available to UVA account-holders only, from on-grounds or via VPN).
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