The Hospitals of Providence (THOP) Memorial Campus held its 16th-annual Dia de los Ninos (Children’s Day) parade for patients and visitors.
Dia de los Ninos is celebrated on April 30 in conjunction with Dia de los Libros (Book Day) as a creative, fun way to celebrate children and encourage literacy.
“Our 16th-annual parade was even grander this year,” said Ana Aburto, child life specialist at THOP Memorial Campus. “Each year we have grown the parade and we continue to have patients and their family come back to be a part of it because it impacted them while they were patients here."
This year, the parade included more than 14 floats with characters from a variety of children’s story books. Patients peaked out of their rooms as they waited for their
special visit from Coco, The Incredibles, Moana, Mickey and Minnie and Toy Story.
Departments from all THOP campuses, as well as community partners, including Make-a-Wish and Lenmark Construction, the system's book donor for the past six years, participated with elaborate costumes and custom floats to greet patients with books and candy.
“We understand many times our pediatric patients are missing school and feel disconnected from what their friends are doing in class,” said Ana. “This parade helps them know they have not been forgotten, giving some normalcy during their hospital stay, allowing them to have fun and receive books to take home and enjoy.”
THOP also offers specialized care for children at its Providence Children’s Hospital, which is located on THOP Memorial Campus. Today, the hospital offers more than 25 physician specialties, and its dedicated nursing staff has 1,500 combined years of pediatric experience. Hospital services include back and spine, cancer care, digestive disorders, heart care, imaging services, maternity and neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), rehabilitation services, wound care and more.