Patients in their rooms at Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach view animals underwater and ask questions as they interact with Aquarium of the Pacific staff in real time April 16, 2013, Long Beach, CA—The Aquarium of the Pacific and Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach are partnering to bring the wonders of ocean learning to hospitalized children and their families.
Through the new Aquarium Live education program, patients can take a live look at animal exhibits as they learn and interact with Aquarium staff in real time. Educators will deliver bi-weekly, thirty minute programs on different ocean topics live from the Aquarium’s state-of-the-art Roddenberry Foundation Education Videoconferencing Studio.
“We are thrilled that we can take our long-standing partnership with the Aquarium of the Pacific to the next level with this project,” said Rita Goshert, manager, child life department, Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach. “This interactive, educational program is a great way for our kids to learn in a hospital environment—either at a playroom or their own patient room—and for most of them, to experience the aquarium for the very first time.”
This partnership was developed between the Aquarium of the Pacific and the Child Life Program at Miller Children’s to help make the hospital experience more positive for children of all ages. “It is exciting to bring the Aquarium directly to kids during their hospital stays. I always look forward to receiving their live calls during the show and teaching them about the amazing animals that inhabit the ocean,” said Alicia Archer, Aquarium of the Pacific education, technology, and media coordinator.
Funding for this program was provided by the Miller Foundation. “The Molina family and Molina Healthcare, Inc. had the vision to connect the Aquarium and its Molina Animal Care Center to patients at children’s hospitals.
Thanks to the Miller Foundation and the Molina family that vision is now a reality through Aquarium Live,” said David Bader, Aquarium of the Pacific director of education. Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach, part of the MemorialCare Health System, provides specialized pediatric care for children and young adults, with conditions ranging from common to complex, as well as maternity care for expectant mothers, all under one roof. Only five percent of all hospitals are children’s hospitals, making them unique not only to children’s health care needs in the community, but also across the region.
Miller Children’s is one of only eight free-standing children’s hospitals in California, treating more than 14,000 children each year. It has become a regional pediatric destination for more than 84,000 children who need specialized care in the outpatient specialty and satellite centers. The public can visit MillerChildrens.org, like them on Facebook.com/MillerChildrensHospital, and follow them at Twitter.com/MillerChildrens.
The nonprofit Aquarium of the Pacific is a community gathering place where diverse cultures and the arts are celebrated and where important topics facing our planet are explored in the search for sustainable solutions. The Aquarium is dedicated to conserving and building nature and nature's services by building the interactions among people. Home to over 11,000 animals, Aquarium exhibits include the June Keyes Penguin Habitat, Ocean Science Center, Molina Animal Care Center, and the interactive Shark Lagoon. Beyond its exhibits, the Aquarium offers educational programs for people of all ages.
The Aquarium of the Pacific is located at 100 Aquarium Way in Long Beach, CA. For information call (562) 590-3109 or visit www.aquariumofpacific.org. Facebook.com/AquariumofthePacific / Twitter: @AquariumPacific / YouTube.com/AquariumofthePacific
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