Sesame Street Characters Open Children's Library at Amana Healthcare

06 Feb 2020 Amana
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Elmo, Cookie Monster and Bert & Ernie visited Amana Healthcare in Khalifa City on Thursday to share the joy of reading with young patients at the grand opening of its new pediatric library.

Amana's Children Library (7)

The vibrant, uplifting space opens with a collection of more than a hundred books for children of all ages, and is designed to enhance quality of life and improve literacy and social interaction for the facility’s pediatric patients.

“A hospital environment – even one like ours, which is designed to feel like home – can be intimidating and emotionally stressful for children, particularly when they need long-term specialized care. Reading helps kids feel less isolated by encouraging engagement and interaction, and helps build their social, cognitive and language skills,” said Mark McGourty, CEO of Amana Healthcare.

The library was inaugurated by the famous Sesame Street characters, who read and posed for selfies with children and their families. Visitors also had the opportunity to explore specially-designed children’s rooms and meet the dedicated pediatric intensive care professionals who provide world-class care to children with complex long-term medical needs at Amana every day.

“The new pediatric library is an initiative by our patient and family experience team to improve quality of life by creating a fun learning environment where children can be children, helping make their stay with us more engaging and memorable. Amana cares for some of the most complex pediatric cases in the UAE and places a heavy emphasis not only on exceptional medical, nursing and rehabilitative care but also on providing patients and their families with the best possible quality of life – including opportunities to grow, develop and learn – despite their complex and challenging medical needs.”

Amana Healthcare, which is part of Mubadala’s network of healthcare providers, offers a multidisciplinary long-term care program for patients with complex long-term medical needs. Care plans include ICU-level physician oversight, specialized intensive care nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech and language therapy, and are custom-designed for each patient to optimize health status, promote rehabilitation and maximize quality of life. Amana’s pediatric long-term care program also includes play therapy, creative engagement, assistive technology and 24/7 coverage by world-class pediatricians and intensive care specialists.

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