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A hidden gem inside the hospital

By: Dr. Shalini Forbis

As a parent it can somtimes be overwhelming knowing where to go to get trusted health information.

There are many excellent sources of information out there, but when you are diong a web search it can sometimes be difficult to tell the goal or agenda of a website.   Some are obvious, like the National Institutes of Health, WebMD and Dayton Children’s Hospital website. However, sometimes you are looking for specific health information or more detail.

Here, at Dayton Children’s Hospital we want to help families find the right information. Right inside the hospital we have the MeadWestvaco Family Resource Center (FRC). The FRC was developed with the goal of assisting patients and families with health care information.  I sat down to talk with Teresa Giehl,  coordinator of the Family Resource Center to get some more information. Although providing information is central to the FRC’s mission, the center has many more functions.

What information can Teresa and others in the FRC assist you in finding?

They can provide healthcare information packets on the following:

  • Diagnosis specific
  • Age specific
  • Parenting concern
  • Behavior
  • Safety
  • Child Health

 

You can reach the staff by:

  1. In person: Monday 9:00 am - 8:00 pm, Tuesday- Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, Saturday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm. The FRC is located right behind the fish tank off of the main lobby in the hospital. It is open to everyone, not just patients and families!
  2. By email: frc@childrensdayton.org
  3. By phone:  937-641-3700

The FRC can assist in providing information in languages other than English.  There is also a lending library with books and other materials on healthy lifestyles and on special needs topics.  For hospitalized children, the Family Resource Center loans video games, movies and books to distract and entertain patients.

Other interesting and helpful resources at the Family Resource Center include Community Outreach kits that are called “health and safety kits to-go.” They contain activities that are appropriate for teachers, scout troops and health fairs.  Additionally, there are lesson plans on child health and safety topics.  If you need a car seat safety check, you can call for an appointment. These are done once a month.

Finally, the Special Needs Resource Center was recently launched.  This online site provides information on resources, camps, and support groups.  You can access this at: http://www.childrensdayton.org/cms/special_needs_center/index.html

The MeadWestvaco Family Resource Center at Dayton Children’s Hospital has a wealth of resources! If you are interested, you can also donate books, family movies and Playstation games! Learn more about donations to the FRC.

By: Dr. Shalini Forbis

Dr. Forbis a pediatrician in the Children’s Health Clinic at Dayton Children’s and a mother to two girls. As part of the “Dr. Mom Sqaud,” Dr. Forbis blogs about her experiences as both as doctor and a mom and hopes to share insight to other parents on issues related to both parenting and kids health. Learn more about Dr. Forbis.

 

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