Making Care Playful

The Need

Children’s Mercy promotes a foundation for family support by providing patient’s with everything a child and their family could need in a time of stress. The hospital’s dedication to family centered care is quite apparent in the cheerful, “no-procedure zone” playrooms like Leo’s Place. Playrooms are found on each patient floor and are colorful, welcoming spaces for patients, siblings and family members to gather. Because the desire to play is a virtual constant in a child’s life, this is an important feature, a mindset that promotes education, entertainment and normalcy in the hospital setting. This psycho-social approach to healthcare has been proven to increase results and decrease healing time.

About The Cause

Named in honor of Leo Scott and the Scott family, “Leo’s Place” is a playroom located inside Children’s Mercy for children fighting cancer in the Children’s Mercy Cancer Center. The “no-procedure zone” playroom is a space that promotes education, entertainment and normalcy in the hospital setting and allows patients, families and siblings to play with toys, participate in art or music therapy and to simply have an opportunity to be out of their hospital rooms and be a kid. Support from the 2015 Nick & Jake’s Fore the Kids Golf Tournament provided funds to purchase new items to fill “Leo’s Place” as well as purchase a new ambulance for the Children’s Mercy Critical Care Transport team.

Fore The Kids Causes

The Fore the Kids foundation is a proud supporter of Children’s Mercy, raising money to provide various services and treatment advances to help bring smiles to children’s faces at a time when they are hard to find…but so incredibly important.