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A Virtual Toy Drive for Children’s Hospitals


I am currently doing some Lean coaching and implementation work in the radiology department of a large children's hospital. One thing I have discovered is that kids often have to lay in an MRI machine for long periods of time. Those who do not have to be sedated to hold still are given an opportunity to watch a DVD to help pass the time and to keep their mind off of their sickness.

There are also many waiting rooms where DVDs are used to help keep kids and siblings entertained (although that's one aspect of the experience we are working on reducing — that waiting time).

I don't ask much of my blog readers — but if you're looking for an opportunity to make a donation, please consider your local children's hospital. You can either buy new DVD's or new toys of all sorts. Different hospitals list their own policies on new versus used and the types of items they recommend donating (for example, stuffed toys are often not preferred because of cleanliness issues).

I'm listing some links to different hospitals around the country. You can use the comments feature if you'd like to publicly pledge (even anonymously) to the effort. If you're a blogger, please link to this page or feel free to copy my efforts here. If you set up your own page, please let me know so I can link to you and report on your efforts.

There's nothing like being in a children's hospital for helping one realize how lucky you are and how inconsequential other problems might seem.

List of Children's Hospital donation pages (feel free to add more in the comments)

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. His most recent book is the anthology Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also the VP of Improvement & Innovation Services for the technology company KaiNexus. He is currently writing his next book, tentatively titled Measures of Success.

  1. Anonymous says

    This is awesome, Mark. I’ll get the ball rolling. I pledge to donate $50 worth of DVD’s to my local Seattle Children’s hospital.

    I hope more will do the same.

    Here’s a link to them:

    seattle children’s

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