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Mercyhealth Gets New Equipment to Distract Young Patients While Receiving Treatment

Seve, 10, says the sensory equipment was a nice distraction during long procedures

ROCKFORD, Illinois–Mercyhealth Javon Bea Hospital–Riverside recently received a Multisensory Bubble Rover made by Southpaw for pediatric patients with funds raised from the Mercyhealth Development Foundation’s Holiday Toy Drive last year.

Seve, 10, was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease a few years ago and was referred to Mercyhealth Javon Bea Hospital–Riverside for IV therapy ever since. He gets infusions of Remicade every 8 weeks.  Even though he has been doing these treatments for some time, it still causes anxiety and can be painful. He uses Rover Bubble device to distract him.

“The Southpaw Multisensory Bubble Rover helps distract young patients during procedures and treatments by turning the patient room into a relaxing and empowering multi-sensory environment,” said Jess Ehret, certified child life specialist at Mercyhealth. “Interactive elements include switches for children with limited hand/eye coordination or mobility. The interactive rover helps teach cause and effect, color recognition and communication skills.”

Funds raised for the Rover came from the Mercyhealth Development Foundation’s generous donors including top sponsors, Epic Systems and Napleton’s Autowerks, Inc.

This year’s Holiday Give a Gift Drive event will benefit babies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). The event is Thursday, December 10. This year’s drive-through event will be held at a new location, in the Women’s and Children’s circular drive entrance of Mercyhealth’s Javon Bea Hospital–Riverside, 8201 E. Riverside Blvd., Rockford. Donors who bring a gift card or monetary donation from 8-11 am will receive a holiday cookie making kit as a token of our gratitude. Donors and guests will also enjoy a special visit from Santa.

All monetary donations will be used to purchase SNOO Smart Sleepers. The SNOO Smart Sleeper is used to help babies suffering from withdrawal symptoms due to Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. This interactive device soothes preemies and infants by rocking them and responds to the infant’s level of fussiness, speeding up and slowing down in direct response to the baby’s movements. Because of the pandemic, Mercyhealth’s volunteers are not allowed in the NICU, making the SNOO Smart Sleeper a much-needed aid to soothe drug-exposed infants. This year, our goal is to raise $25,000 to purchase two of these devices. Monetary donations for this item can be made at mercyhealthgiveagift.org.

For more information about this year’s event, call (815) 971-4143 or email jjohns@mhemail.org. Sponsorship opportunities are available by visiting mercyhealthgiveagift.org.