Thanks and a tip of the hat to Tucson’s Lioness Club

6-year-old Lynnea Foy shows off her new, colorful surgical hat

6-year-old Lynnea Foy shows off her new, colorful surgical hat

A supersized thank you to the Lioness Club for the time, effort and money they spent on making our school-age patients colorful surgical hats!  The ladies brought more than two-dozen handmade hats to TMC for Children, and proudly handed them over to TMC Child Life Specialist Amy Rothenberg, who works in ambulatory surgery and the PICU.

“When the ladies came to TMC to deliver the hats, they told us each hat is a work of love, and they do it because it helps make the children happy,” said Rothenberg.  “These hats add to the child-friendly environment at TMC.  Children usually put on blue disposable hats before going into surgery so that their hair is out of their face in a sterile operating room.  The children light up when they learn about the colorful ones, and since they can pick which design they want, it gives them a little control in what can be a frightening situation.”

Inside TMC’s new Orthopaedic and Surgical tower, pediatric patients have a colorful waiting room, child-friendly private pre-op rooms, and even their own post-anesthesia care unit.

TMC Child Life Specialist Amy Rothenberg accepts handmade surgical hats and cloth dolls from members of the Lioness Club

TMC Child Life Specialist Amy Rothenberg accepts handmade surgical hats and cloth dolls from members of the Lioness Club

The Lioness Club also donates cloth dolls which are used by Child Life Specialists to help explain medical procedures to young children.

From all of us here at TMC, thank you for your help in creating a welcoming enviornment for little ones from throughout Southern Arizona!

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