The Grand Rapids Children’s Museum newest exhibit, Diagnosis: FUN!, presented in partnership with Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, is now open. The exhibit gives children the opportunity to explore the exciting world of healthcare, featuring tools, equipment and machines used at the hospital or at their doctor’s office.
Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital assisted in creating a realistic hospital environment to introduce children to what they might encounter in their healthcare, including a nurses’ station, radiology imaging equipment, anesthesia machines, real hospital beds and more. The exhibit shows kids how these tools work while making them more comfortable during their first visit to the hospital.
“We want our exhibits to be as close to the real thing as we can safely be,” explained Jake Bouck, Director of Exhibits & Events at the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum.
There is also a learning component to the exhibit intended to spark an interest in children for a future career in healthcare.
“Purposeful play that helps kids be more comfortable with healthcare is a big benefit,” said Steve Heacock, senior vice president for public affairs and research at Spectrum Health. “First, we need these kids to become our future nurses and doctors. Second, the more familiar children are with healthcare, the more comfortable they will be should they need the doctors and staff of Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.”