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Child Care Center for Patients Opens at OhioHealth
Date:4/23/2009

Reduces Patient Stress When Children Have Safe Place to Play On-Site While Loved Ones Receive Medical Care

WESTERVILLE, Ohio, April 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Bright Horizons Family Solutions LLC, the world's leading provider of employer-sponsored child care, announced today the opening of The Clubhouse, a unique child care center for children of OhioHealth patients to use when their parents or other caretakers are receiving outpatient medical care at the Westerville Medical Campus. The child care program at OhioHealth is one of just a handful available for hospital patients across the country.

When patients with young children have doctor's appointments or require regular medical treatments such as obstetrics care or physical therapy, they can bring their child, at no cost, to The Clubhouse where they will be cared for by experienced and loving Bright Horizons(R) teachers who are specifically trained in addressing the needs of children whose families are experiencing medical issues.

"When a patient's family is cared for, it enhances the patient's overall health," said Westerville Medical Campus Director Jean Halprin. "When a parent is faced with medical issues or simply needs to go to routine appointments, who will care for their children is often their biggest dilemma, contributing greatly to their anxiety. By offering The Clubhouse as a high-quality, no-cost, convenient option for our patients with children, we are paving the way to a better outcome for patients and their families."

Extending the Commitment to Care

The Clubhouse child care center at Westerville Medical Center extends OhioHealth's commitment to offering convenient, high-quality child care. Since 1995, OhioHealth has partnered with Bright Horizons to provide child care and early education for employees at Grant Medical Center and Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. The positive benefits of these child care programs for employees, including increased ability to focus and peace of mind knowing their children are safe and cared for nearby, informed OhioHealth's decision to offer the benefit to patients.

"We are pleased to extend our partnership with OhioHealth and provide child care to patients' children. OhioHealth understands that when a parent or caretaker requires medical care, it affects everyone in the family, particularly the youngest members. At The Clubhouse, the children are well cared for, enabling patients to concentrate on getting the medical attention and care they need to get better," said Bright Horizons CEO David Lissy.

Using The Clubhouse at Westerville Medical Campus

Patients of the Westerville Medical Campus, including parents and grandparents, are welcome to use The Clubhouse for short-time child care for their children during visits to the campus. Teachers at The Clubhouse take special care to ensure that the children's emotional and developmental needs are met while their parents are attending medical appointments. Through play, the teachers help ease anxieties that the children may be experiencing. Children explore books about going to the doctor, express their feelings through creative arts, and learn more about health care by using medical supplies such as bandages and stethoscopes in the dramatic play area.

The Clubhouse is available for children ages 3-12 and is staffed by Bright Horizons teachers from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. weekdays. Please call The Clubhouse at 614.533.3011 for more information or to register your child.

About Bright Horizons Family Solutions

Bright Horizons Family Solutions(R) (www.brighthorizons.com) is the world's leading provider of employer-sponsored child care, back-up care, early education, and work/life solutions. The company operates more than 700 child care and early education centers across the U.S., in Europe, and Canada. Bright Horizons is one of FORTUNE magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For."

About OhioHealth

Named by FORTUNE magazine as one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For," OhioHealth (www.ohiohealth.com) is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit, charitable, healthcare organization serving and supported by the community. Based in Columbus, Ohio, it is a family of 17 hospitals, 20 health and surgery centers, home-health providers, medical equipment, and health service suppliers throughout a 46-county area.


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