June 21, 2018
Blacksburg, VA (June 21, 2018) – Thanks to the generous donation from the Radford School of Nursing, the pediatric patients at LewisGale Hospital Montgomery will now head to the operating room in style, courtesy of shiny new car. Powered by a 12 volt battery, the toy car is equipped with plenty of “bells and whistles” to appeal to the young drivers.
A long-standing relationship between Amy Woods, DNP, RN, the newly appointed Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) at LewisGale Hospital Montgomery, and Radford University nursing faculty member, Anthony R. Ramsey, Ph.D., RNP-C, made this unique experience a reality. “Check out the rims,” Ramsey said. “The car is so awesome. I wish I was three to eight years old,” he excitedly exclaimed.
As multi-color LED lights flash from the windshield, side mirrors and headlights, the wide hallways will be filled with a roar of the engine along with upbeat tunes jamming through an equipped MP3 player. The parents can even help to co-pilot the vehicle with the use of a remote control.
While the gift is designed to make the hospital experience more positive for patients, it is expected to do so much more. “Not only can it help to ease the anxiety of the child facing an upcoming surgery, it may also help alleviate some of the tension felt by the parents,” Woods said.
A young patient will be available to officially unveil the donation from Radford University. The demonstration will take place at LewisGale Hospital Montgomery as representatives and students from the local nursing school visit to see the sporty vehicle in action.