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A Makeover Helps Make Kids Feel Better

When her young granddaughters came down with the flu, Albany’s Janet Trombly headed directly to the Emergency Department at Albany Medical Center.

While Mrs. Trombly, a longtime Albany Med donor and volunteer, was thrilled with the patient care her family received, she couldn’t help but notice that the pediatric waiting area and rooms could be more kid-friendly.

Janet Trombly created the idea that started an Albany Med pediatric emergency room waiting area makeover.
Janet Trombly created the idea that started an Albany Med pediatric emergency room waiting area makeover.
So, she, with friends and business colleagues, did something about it: they raised $20,000 to redecorate the space and enlisted the help of Albany-area artist and muralist Anita Medina.

“Thanks to the support of Mrs. Trombly and her friends, and the vision of Mrs. Medina, children who visit us at a very stressful time in their life have something really fun to take their minds off why they are here,” said Christopher King, M.D., Albany Med’s director of emergency medicine who oversaw the transformation of the space.

The pediatric waiting room is now decorated as a whimsical aquarium with colorful fish, shells and other sea life juxtaposed with doughnut-shaped trees, picture frames and a wrapped present that features the names of the two girls – Sarah and Charlotte -- who inspired the makeover. A checkerboard door frame surrounds the entrance to each patient room, now painted in a vivid tropical theme; one hallway features a 30-foot mural with a lighthouse theme with bright colors and quirky shapes that quickly take child’s mind off being in the hospital.

Anita Medina, the designer of the makeover project, presents one of her murals.
Artist Anita Medina, designer of the makeover, shows one of the murals she created for the pediatric waiting area.
"When I look around here and see all these colors and designs, it’s great,” said nine-year-old Sarah, who with Charlotte helped cut the ribbon for the new spaces. “It’s so fun to look at and try to find all the different things on the wall, especially my name.”

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