My first day at Children’s Hospital Colorado

Tuesday, Oct 13 2015

Anna Blog Post #1

For some, the word hospital evokes images of a young George Clooney in his “ER” days, or Patrick Dempsey as Dr. McDreamy on “Grey’s Anatomy.” For others, it represents a place of anxiety and uncertainty. A place filled with white walls, sterile smells and squeaky tennis shoes.

Walking into a hospital can be scary.

However, when I walked into Children’s Hospital Colorado, none of my past negative impressions of hospitals held true. I found myself surrounded by bright colors, cheerful artwork and children riding around in shiny red wagons.  

Immediately I felt a sense of comfort and well-being.  This healthcare setting was unlike anything I had ever experienced before.

After passing through the front doors of Children’s Colorado, I entered the hub of the hospital, the Boettcher atrium. Light and color fill its four stories – it’s a place designed to encourage healing. Along the atrium, I saw the Seacrest Studios, where children were sitting in a state-of-the-art broadcast studio, laughing with the resident disc jockey.

Located on the second floor is the Teen Zone, a lounge for young adults. I saw teenage patients playing pool and looking like they were having fun. The scene seemed so normal – certainly not something I expected to find inside a hospital.   

Moving throughout the hospital, I noticed a different theme portrayed with each move up the elevator. There were fish tanks, a massive Lego display and private patient rooms equipped with Xbox 360s.

Beyond the building itself, I was also impressed by the doctors, nurses and other staff members. Even in witnessing small interactions, I could tell that they truly care about the well-being of their patients.

But above all, I was struck by the patients and their families. I knew most of them were not spending their day in the hospital by choice, but I could see it in their eyes: There was something about Children’s Colorado that gave them courage, hope and reassurance. 

And because this hospital and its staff help to inspire bravery in others, the children find the courage to take their first steps into the hospital. I was surrounded by courageous people.

This is one remarkable place.

Anna Pohlad is an intern in the communications department at Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation. Here, she shares her experience of walking into Children’s Hospital Colorado for the first time.

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For some, the word hospital evokes images of a young George Clooney in his “ER” days, or Patrick Dempsey as Dr. McDreamy on “Grey’s Anatomy.” For others, it represents a place of anxiety and uncertainty. A place filled with white walls, sterile smells and squeaky tennis shoes.

Walking into a hospital can be scary.

However, when I walked into Children’s Hospital Colorado, none of my past negative impressions of hospitals held true. I found myself surrounded by bright colors, cheerful artwork and children riding around in shiny red wagons.  

Immediately I felt a sense of comfort and well-being.  This healthcare setting was unlike anything I had ever experienced before.

After passing through the front doors of Children’s Colorado, I entered the hub of the hospital, the Boettcher atrium. Light and color fill its four stories – it’s a place designed to encourage healing. Along the atrium, I saw the Seacrest Studios, where children were sitting in a state-of-the-art broadcast studio, laughing with the resident disc jockey.

Located on the second floor is the Teen Zone, a lounge for young adults. I saw teenage patients playing pool and looking like they were having fun. The scene seemed so normal – certainly not something I expected to find inside a hospital.   

Moving throughout the hospital, I noticed a different theme portrayed with each move up the elevator. There were fish tanks, a massive Lego display and private patient rooms equipped with Xbox 360s.

Beyond the building itself, I was also impressed by the doctors, nurses and other staff members. Even in witnessing small interactions, I could tell that they truly care about the well-being of their patients.

But above all, I was struck by the patients and their families. I knew most of them were not spending their day in the hospital by choice, but I could see it in their eyes: There was something about Children’s Colorado that gave them courage, hope and reassurance. 

And because this hospital and its staff help to inspire bravery in others, the children find the courage to take their first steps into the hospital. I was surrounded by courageous people.

This is one remarkable place.

Anna Pohlad is an intern in the communications department at Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation. Here, she shares her experience of walking into Children’s Hospital Colorado for the first time.

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