Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Best Buy makes Centenary visits fun for kids

Scarborough Town Centre location donates and installs game units for paediatric patients

A hospital appointment is not often fun for children, but a visit to Rouge Valley Centenary (RVC) won’t be boring from now on, thanks to a donation from Best Buy of the Scarborough Town Centre, with new video games, TVs, and more available in the hospital’s Galaxy12 Unit and Paediatric department.

In conjunction with the Rouge Valley Health System Foundation, Best Buy staff arranged for the gift and then delivered and installed the equipment, along with DVD players, DVDs, Blackberry Playbooks, and much more electronics. The gift is being used by patients and families of the Paediatric departments of the hospital.

“This is such a generous and meaningful gift for our young patients,” says Alexandra Frankel, Child Life Specialist for RVC’s Neonatal and Paediatric Program. “For many children, this puts them at ease during a potentially stressful experience by helping to normalize the hospital environment and provide distraction for some who are going through serious health challenges. This wonderful addition to our unit really makes a world of difference and puts a smile on every child's face!"

On hand for the presentation and tour of the departments, representing Best Buy, were Nikhil Rattan, General Manager, with Geek Squad Agents Colin Maragh, Safi Murtaza and Richard Pinnock.

Nikhil got a chance to test out the gaming equipment with one of the children waiting for an appointment on the 12th Floor. Ryan MacInnis played a little hockey with Nikhil, on a donated PS3.

To see all of the pictures from the visit, click here.

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