October 15, 2019
In fall 2018, western North Dakota’s first child life program officially launched at Sanford Children’s in Bismarck — a milestone made possible by donors to the Above and Beyond campaign.
Now that child life services are available in our community, we have the chance to shape its legacy and ensure the complimentary service will always be available for our region’s children.
The best care, close to home
At Sanford Children’s in Bismarck, providing consistent, expert care for children from infancy through age 18 is our top priority. Our comprehensive team includes dedicated 24/7 pediatric physicians, the region’s only pediatric oncologist and other pediatric specialists.
Our hospital and clinics are designed just for kids. From a pirate ship nurses’ station to a medieval castle clinic, our goal is to put kids at ease and reduce stress and anxiety at every stage of the healing process.
Bringing comfort and hope
The child life team, consisting of a certified child life specialist and a board-certified music therapist, works behind the scenes and in tandem with doctors and nurses to ensure each child who walks through our door has the best experience possible.
These caregivers help children cope with the emotional, social and developmental changes brought about by an illness, injury or hospitalization.
Child life uses developmentally appropriate interventions including education and therapeutic play to reduce fear, anxiety and pain for pediatric patients.
Music therapy helps children manage stress, express feelings, improve communication, reduce pain and promote developmental goals through playing, creating and listening to music.
Since the program launched, these services have helped improve pediatric outcomes, the quality of care and the overall patient and family experience. Best of all, families never see a bill for child life.
Double your impact
Sanford Health is committed to maintaining this crucial non-billed service in our region and will match your investment dollar for dollar. Our goal is to sustain this complimentary service not just in the short term but also in perpetuity.
Your investment today will directly support the first child life program in our region and take pediatric care at Sanford Children’s in Bismarck to a new level.