UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital debuts a colorful new entrance, opens the Sebastian Ferrero Atrium

UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital marked an important milestone on Sept. 3 with the debut of a colorful new façade, a dedicated entrance and the opening of the Sebastian Ferrero Atrium, part of a series of renovations focused on creating a welcoming setting and augmenting high-quality care for children.

The Sebastian Ferrero Atrium, designed with the youngest patients and their families in mind, features interactive video displays to entertain children and parents, nature-themed art, a reception desk and elevators that travel solely to floors housing pediatric units.

The changes are part of $135 million in improvements that grew out of UF Health’s strategic plan, “Forward Together.” Construction on the $11 million atrium and exterior, designed by the architecture firm Ponikvar and Associates Inc. and built by Ajax Construction Inc., began April 2013...


Local Businesses, Schools Support Miracle Jeans Day

Local businesses, groups and schools went casual for kids on Wednesday, Sept. 10. As part of Miracle Jeans Day, participants paid $5 to wear jeans and help raise funds for pediatric patients treated at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in their area. Since its beginning, Miracle Jeans Day has raised more than $2 million to help fund lifesaving medical needs in Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Be on the lookout for a holiday edition of Miracle Jeans Day coming up in December!


Patient's Project Captures Faces of Those Living with Seizures

Gillian "Gilly" Mangan – a 17-year-old patient of Dr. Paul R. Carney, director of UF Health's Pediatric Epilepsy Program – has started a project called "Faces," in which she photographs people who suffer from seizures.

When Gilly was 15, she showed signs of seizure activity. Though her seizures are usually catatonic, last July she had a grand mal seizure. Since then, her medications have been adjusted, and she has not experienced another. She hopes that through this project she can spread awareness and connect people with epilepsy to one another.

Gilly plans to publish the portraits on her blog, findingfaces.weebly.com, an online platform where people with epilepsy can share their stories.

Gilly's project has been featured in the Ocala Star-Banner.


Miracle Trail Ride 2014

It’s that time of year – Greater Orlando Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is hoping to round up as many partners in the Central Florida community as possible for our 22nd annual Miracle Trail Ride on Saturday, October 18.

This unique marathon fundraiser is completed on horseback while participants enjoy a 10-mile ride through nature's finest scenery and trails at the beautiful Lower Wekiva Preserve State Park. Check in will begin at 8 a.m. and the ride will begin at 9 a.m. All participants must bring their own horses. No carriages are allowed, and a current Coggins certificate is required to ride.

Registration is now open to sign up, yourself or a team, and start your fundraising campaign today, supporting our local Greater Orlando CMN Hospitals. The first donation comes from you - a $60 registration fee that also gets you breakfast, lunch and an event t-shirt!   


Hyundai Hope on Wheels Grant Award and Handprint Ceremony

For the third consecutive year, University of Florida researchers received a Hyundai Hope on Wheels grant to support childhood cancer research. The Hyundai Hope On Wheels nonprofit organization and local Hyundai dealers will present the award Sept. 25 at 1 p.m. at a handprint ceremony, during which young patients will place their handprints on a vehicle to commemorate their battles with cancer. The event will be held in the UF Health Shands Children's Hospital Sebastian Ferrero Atrium.


Yoga for Children

Tammy Bernard, M.Ed., E-RYT, integrative medicine practitioner for UF Health’s Integrative Medicine Program, discusses the many physical and mental health benefits of yoga for both children and adults.

Like adults, children need quiet time to relax and unwind. Achieving this, however, is sometimes difficult when kids want to keep their bodies moving. Family yoga is a fun way for parents to engage children in a healthy way that not only helps them manage stress and anxiety, but promotes confidence, builds strength and supports concentration. Explore the postures below to help your child feel empowered at a young age, while developing useful coping skills for everyday stresses and challenges...

Warrior posture – This posture strengthens the legs (especially thighs), back, shoulders and arms. It increases stamina, concentration and stability while opening the chest and hips...