The Memorial Health Dwaine & Cynthia Willett Children's Hospital of Savannah works with a number of other community organizations to provide entertainment and education for our patients and promote good health in our community.
The Savannah Children’s Museum regularly visits and brings "Carts with HeART." The carts are loaded with arts and crafts projects that children can do from their beds while they are in the hospitals.
Camp Sunshine gives children with cancer the opportunity to enjoy normal activities such as swimming, horseback riding, and arts and crafts. Camp Sunshine also offers programs for siblings and parents. Staff and volunteers from the Camp Sunshine house in Atlanta travel to Savannah regularly to provide programs and services.
Camp Sunshine and CURE Childhood Cancer sponsor monthly culinary programming and recreational programming for our children with cancer. We use a mobile kitchen called the "Charlie Cart" that allows us to do hands-on food preparation with patients. With the Charlie Cart, children can learn how to prepare healthy recipes and learn about the health benefits of different foods.
Through the support of the Lyn Stacie Getz Foundation, the child life department coordinates quarterly activities outside of the hospital for children and families coping with childhood cancer. These family events and excursions allow families to do something fun and connect with other families experiencing similar challenges.
"Healthy Me" Pre-K Curriculum
COPES for Kids is a pre-K curriculum that teaches children about staying healthy and going to the doctor or hospital. Teachers can request curriculum kits that include educational activities centered around “Healthy Me / Healthy Eating," and “Going to the Hospital” themes. Each kit includes large- and small-group activity plans, movement and music activities, equipment for creating learning centers, and books based on the themes.
If you are interested in learning more about this resource or would like to reserve the kit for your classroom please call us at (912) 350-2445.
Magic Men are trained volunteers who visit weekly to perform magic tricks for the patients, families, and team.
The Savannah Philharmonic performs monthly for patients and families at the Memorial Health Willett Children’s Hospital. Volunteer vocalists and members of the Philharmonic Chorus, provide comedic, engaging musical performances.
The Songs for Kids Foundation enriches the lives of children through music. Local Savannah musicians donate their time to the Songs for Kids Foundation by performing concerts in our pediatric playrooms. Children are encouraged to sing along, play musical instruments, and be musical stars.
Pet therapy has been proven to improve healing in children and teens. The child life department coordinates an animal-assisted therapy program specifically for children and families at the Memorial Health Willett Children’s Hospital and the outpatient center. Certified pet therapy dogs visit various times throughout the month and provide a pleasant distraction for children and their families.
Reach Out and Read
The Reach Out and Read program at the Memorial Health Dwaine & Cynthia Willett Children’s Hospital of Savannah is sponsored by a philanthropic organization called The One Hundred. Through the program, the child life team provides monthly reading activities for children in the waiting room of the outpatient center. Reach Out and Read also promotes early literacy and school readiness by giving children books at each well visit between ages 6 months and 5 years.
Teen Advisory Board
The Memorial Health Willett Children's Hospital Teen Advisory Board helps high school students bring joy to children in the hospital. Teens volunteer within the hospital and at community events to support the hospital. All Teen Advisory Board members are high school students in Savannah or the surrounding area and are at least 15 years old. Each teen makes a two-year commitment to be an active member of the board. The child life team supervises and organizes the program.