Schulze Family Foundation Adopts A Room at Masonic Children's

Masonic Children's Hospital is home to one of the nation's top 10 pediatric research programs and is a driving force in educating the next generation of children's health providers. And, they are on their way to having the best patient rooms ever!

Masonic Children’s Hospital is a place of first performances:

  • The first infant heart transplant;
  • The first pediatric bone marrow transplant; and
  • The first bone marrow transplant to treat pediatric Epidermolysis bullosa.

Continuing with being the first, Adopt A Room originated between two fathers who met in Minnesota and lost their daughters to terminal illness. Their ultimate collaboration was creating a hospital room that gave children who have little control over anything, at least some control over their environment.  

The average length of stay for blood and marrow transplant patients at Masonic is 13.55 days, but many children stay for months at a time, challenging much-needed connections with family and friends. Adopt A Rooms are specifically designed to promote a much healing as possible during that length of time. In fact, Adopt-A-Rooms are 35 percent larger than national standards to provide privacy, comfort, and infection control that critically ill children need.

Adopt-A-Rooms, another Masonic first performance, come with in-room video conferencing to help children stay connected with family, friends and school -- all vital components in healing. Adopt-A-Room technology helps create a sense of normalcy for critically ill children by providing therapeutic distraction that improves treatments and recovery participation. For example, children in Adopt-A-Rooms can:

  • Email other patients in the hospital;
  • Order food from their bedside;
  • Learn more about their disease and how to manage it;
  • Control the lighting and mood in their room;
  • Control the blinds and privacy in their room; and
  • Post notes to visitors outside their room about how they’re feeling and whether or not visitors are welcome that day.

The ultimate goal of Masonic Children's Hospital is to give children more days to play, more nights to dream, and more time to just be kids. Adopt-A-Rooms contribute to that goal.

  • Some Adopt A Room patients are using less pain medication, demonstrating the benefits of therapeutic distraction that these rooms provide; and
  • Anecdotal evidence shows Adopt A Rooms help patients heal faster.

A patient’s parent tell more of that story.

"There's a sense of freedom in an Adopt A Room. It feels like a home environment. Harrison is used to going outside, climbing trees, playing with his dog. There's a lot of stress involved in dealing with leukemia, and being cooped up makes it harder. This room makes everything easier."

Heidi McGuire, mother of Harrison, leukemia patient

Masonic Children’s Hospital has 96 traditional patient rooms and the Adopt-A-Room project will continue until all are transformed like the 37 that have been adopted to date. When potential donors hear from moms like Lizzie’s (below), it shouldn’t take long to reach that goal.

"It was so hard walking Lizzie into that room. We entered knowing she could live or die there. But the minute she saw the room and all the technology . . . if donors could understand what that means for these kids . . . It's life-giving."

Kathy Bell, mother of Lizzie, a blood and marrow transplant recipient at Masonic

Thank you, Masonic Children’s Hospital, for the good work you do.

Read more about Masonic Children's Hospital. For more information about Adopt-A-Room, contact Nicholas Engbloom at 612-626-8429.