Having to stay in the hospital is no fun, particularly when you’re a child. So, it seems that there’s no better way to pass the time than by playing some video games.
At least this is the idea behind the new Nintendo Switch gaming stations which are being installed throughout various hospitals and health care systems in the country.
These stations are part of the collaboration of Nintendo of America and the Starlight Children’s Foundation. This non-profit organization has the aim to bring joy for seriously ill kids and their families.
Hospitalized Kids can now Play Video Games during their Treatment
According to Lexi Little from Christus Shreveport-Bossier Health System in Shreveport, Louisiana, Starlight Gaming has helped a lot in the patients’ coping with hospitalization. They’re thankful for Starlight and its impact on the lives of their patients, families, and staff members.
Earlier, Starlight announced that the newest gaming station which debuted in December 2019 at the Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma, Washington will soon be available to more kids.
Julie Hertzog, the child life supervisor at Mary Bridge said in her statement then that these gaming stations are a major distraction tool that will help normalize the health care environment and help children through these difficult experiences.
They’re a choice for kids, a motivation, and an opportunity to enjoy themselves when they need to the most.
There Are some Amazing Games the Kids can Choose to Play
The children in the hospitals will have more than 25 games to choose from, including “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” and “Super Mario Party”.
These adjustable stations can be transported from room to room and are easy to clean. This option is a bonus in a time of a pandemic and playrooms being closed in many hospitals.
Starlight and Nintendo, since they partnered almost three decades ago, have delivered more than 7200 gaming stations to more than 800 hospitals and other facilities for health care.