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Child Life Services

Child Life Services at Deaconess Hospital is here to help children and their families cope when medical services are needed. We do this through a variety of ways at our multiple locations including in-patient care, out-patient services, and the emergency department.
We embrace the value of family and play in the healing process as we work to ensure optimal growth and development. In coordinating child life services we look at the needs of the patient and family, and we collaborate with all involved while helping to support the family and give our patients a normal developmental play experience even though they are hospitalized.
Our services mirror services provided at Riley Hospital for Children and we collaborate with their Child Life Department on a regular basis to stay on the leading edge of care.

Partnering with Parents

When it comes to knowing your child, the parent is the expert. We partner with parents by providing:
  • Art projects
  • Reading materials
  • Music
  • Support of patient interaction in Playville (indoor play facility)
  • Support of parents through conversation, diversion, or a needed break from the room
  • Play opportunities specific to each child's interests and particular situation
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Child Life Donations

Thank you for considering the needs of Deaconess Riley Children’s Services patients and families. Research has shown in recent years that stress can make it more difficult for patients to heal and stay healthy. 

At Deaconess Riley, we embrace the value of play in the healing process as we work to ensure optimal growth and development of infants, children and youth.

Our patients communicate their needs through words, play and behavior. Play is an essential and natural part of childhood. It helps with coping, diversion, self-expression, and healing and is vital to a child’s growth and development.

Through Family-Centered Care, we partner with parents in their child’s care and hope to give our patients a normal developmental play experience even though they are hospitalized.

Please see our Wish List below for donation ideas and how you can help brighten a child’s hospital stay. Thank you for your joining us in this important and heartfelt mission. 

We also welcome donation of Quilts for our patients.  These items help to bring a sense of home and comfort to a child during a hospital stay.  

Please review the specific quilt instructions prior to creating or delivering any quilts.

We love to offer our patients the opportunity to display their creativity and self-expression.  We offer popular daily craft times for our patients. Donations of these items are appreciated. 

Thank you for your kindness and generosity

The following individuals, groups and businesses from our community who have generously given to Deaconess Riley Children’s Services.  
  • 911 Gives Hope
  • Red Knights Motorcycle Club
  • Paige Miller
  • IKI Woodturners
  • Chandler Elementary School
  • Bentley, the Therapy Dog and Janet Myers, RN, MSM, NE-BC, CPHRM
  • Green River Family Dental
  • Gail Maurer
  • Boonville American Legion Auxiliary Post 200
  • Bernina Sewing Center of Evansville
  • Hatfield United Methodist Church
  • Wendy Littlepage
  • St. James Catholic School 1st grade class
  • Patricia and Michael Craft
  • Farm Credit Mid America
  • Pillow Pals, Inc
  • Fred Meyer Jewelers
  • TASC – St. Pauls UCC
  • John H. Castle Elementary School
  • Riley Crowley
  • Bridget Cannon
  • The Children’s Place
  • Verlie’s Quilters
  • St. Johns Angel Quilters
  • Starlight Children’s Foundation
  • Paradise Extension Homemakers
  • Oak Grove Homemakers
  • USI Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority
  • University of Evansville
  • Bob Zasadny
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