This week on Humans of Packard Children's: “It’s exciting to be a part of the emergence of creative arts programs, watching children heal, grow, and overcome such great adversity." - Jeff Peterson, president of the Peterson Family Foundation, with his wife Julee visiting the new hospital's construction site. The Foundation recently made a gift to fully fund a music therapist at our hospital...
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Sheila Brunner, child life specialist of more than 25 years, tells us about her role at Stanford Children's Health and what keeps her coming back. #ChildLifeMonth

“I just fell in love with the work.”
Join Shop for Packard: This month, participating retailers will host in-store shopping days benefiting kids like Bryan at our hospital. Shop at your favorite stores (Bloomingdales, J.Crew, Alex & Ani—just to name a few), then dine out on burritos at Chipotle or deep dish at Patxi's! Yes, you can order a second pizza ... it's for a good cause! Get the full list of retailers at
Do you know how to care for your child’s mild eczema? Dr. Monika Stevens shares in this week’s health tip.

Dr. Stevens is part of Bayside Medical group, which specializes in care of children from birth to late teen years. [ Link ]

#StanfordChildrens #Video #Health #Eczema
#NewsAlert: Introducing our Stanford Children’s Heart Center Virtual Reality Program. Three projects are innovating the ways #VR is used in health care and are already improving patients’ education, health and hospital experience and helping physicians treat young cardiac patients more effectively.

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Congratulations to Daisy Award honoree Amy Ramsay, RN from Oncology. Her exceptional care and devotion to her patients is the reason she has received this award. Amy exemplifies exceeding the standard job parameters in delivering exemplary nursing care. Thank you Amy Ramsay for the outstanding work you do!
It's your lucky day! Summer Scamper, our hospital's biggest community fundraiser of the year, is now open for registration! Join us to run, walk, volunteer, or virtual race on Sunday, June 25 at the beautiful Stanford University campus. Register today with code FBSCAMPER to save $10 (expires Sunday, 3/19).
#TBT to when Spirit Halloween presented our Child Life department with a check for $81,209! And that’s in addition to all the costumes, treats, and activities they brought to our patients last October. Thank you to everyone who shopped at Spirit Halloween stores last year and helped us raise these important funds to help our patients. Happy #ChildLifeMonth!
Immunotherapy may help treat kids' brain tumors.

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Teens use photography to depict journeys through chronic pain. [ Link ]
Multisensory therapy offers calm and tranquility to patients facing uncertainty in the emergency department. #childlifemonth

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"To me its like a puzzle," says Kristen Beckler, child life specialist. "I walk into a room and I have to think for a minute, 'What am I going to do to make this work for this child?' Sometimes it's to bring in the Imagination Station."
#NewsAlert: Dozens from the formerly conjoined twins’ care team gathered to wish them farewell with a princess themed celebration. The 2½-year-old sisters, who were surgically separated on Dec. 6, are one step closer to home.

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#NewsAlert: Formerly conjoined twins Eva and Erika Sandoval are one step closer to home! They left the hospital yesterday afternoon and are moving on to an inpatient rehabilitation program in Sacramento. It was an emotional day for those who cared for the girls. We will miss their sweet and funny personalities.

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If you're a parent and you're ready to quit smoking...we're here to help. Dr. Katie Ellgass, MD, shares in our latest health tip.

Dr. Ellgass is part of Bayside Medical Group, which specializes in the care of children from birth to late teen years. [ Link ]

Resources: Call 1-800-NO-BUTTS (1-800-662-8887) or visit [ Link ]
The health policy decisions made in Sacramento and Washington, D.C., impact health care programs, and these changes trickle down to communities where the results are deeply felt. How will health policy decisions impact your community?

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#SheInspiresMe: Here's to strong women and girls like Maisy who are doing aMAISYing things in the world! At just 8-years-old, this pint-sized Champion for Children is using her creativity to raise some serious funds for our cancer patients. Read her awesome story at Shop for Packard.
Healthcare policies may change, but our commitment to care for all local children in need like Giselle (Wondergirl and cancer patient) will never waiver. For just $16 a month to the Children's Fund, you will help ensure that no child is ever turned away due to their family’s inability to afford care. Join us:
As a parent, do you know how to help your child feel more comfortable during immunizations? Dr. Katya Gerwein, MD, shares in our latest health tip.

Dr. Gerwein is part of Bayside Medical Group, which specializes in the care of children from birth to late teen years.

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Is #marijuana safe for teens? American Academy of Pediatrics says no.

Is marijuana safe for teens? - Stanford Children’s Health Blog
What do dogs, video games and syringe painting have in common? Find out today on the blog. #ChildLifeMonth

Celebrating Child Life Services Month - Stanford Children’s Health Blog