Hospital Buddy Program
Our Hospital Buddy Program provides critical direct support that can improve healthcare outcomes for pediatric patients. Partnering with hospital staff, we pair college students with young patients to help alleviate the emotional effects of long-term hospitalization.
Our college student “Buddies” visit with children in the hospital on a weekly basis and engage them in hospital playrooms and at bedside in arts and crafts, reading, games and more!
How Does it Work?
StudentsCare facilitates partnerships with hospitals and nearby universities.
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What parents and patients are saying about StudentsCare…
“They helped me realize that no matter how much I think I’m alone in this situation, I always have someone to help me.”
-Mary Ann Connolly, Mother of Patient
“The relief that they give me to take even 10 minutes out for fresh air, a walk, to think about things other than what you’re actually facing. It was definitely an amazing gift.”
-Nicole Schleicher, Mother of Patient
“Boredom sets in when you are in the hospital day after day…This program is a lifesaver. The volunteers all have wonderful attitudes and are willing to do anything.”
-Mary Valentia, Mother of Patient
“To the students, I wasn’t a ‘cancer kid’, I was just someone who needed a friend. I don’t know if I could have gone through the treatment and survived it without them.”
-Lauren Rhodes, Brain Cancer Survivor
“The volunteers are what helped and maintained Anthony’s smile between games, movies and dancing.”
-Faith Mewborn, Mother of Patient
“It’s not often that volunteers become family, but that’s exactly what this program does.”
-Ron Watson, Father of Patient
Hospital Buddy Program Sites
Banner Thunderbird Medical Center
St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children
Arnold Palmer Hospital For Children
Sparrow Children’s Center
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida
Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Philadelphia Region
World Pediatric Project
St. Louis, MO
Dell Children’s Medical Center
Camp Boggy Creek
Holtz Children’s Hospital