Why Leslye Gives

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Creating a welcoming place to heal

"This is fabulous. I love the changes," says Leslye Phillips, a major donor whose generous gift has helped make possible the remodeling of hospital units devoted to the mental health of children and adolescents.

During a recent tour, Leslye talked about the astonishing transformation that has  taken place. Rooms and hallways that used to be, in her words, "cold and unwelcoming" are now "beautiful, calming and serene."

The remodeled units are not only more colorful, curved and kid-friendly, but also offer many thoughtful features based on best practices. For example, kids can select music and change the brightness of the lights in their rooms—which helps give them a sense of control.

And each patient room features a "porch"—a permanent stool just outside the door—where kids who need or want a quiet time can sit, while still feeling like part of the group. Kids can choose to take "time away" in their room or on their porch.

"It's so exciting to see all of this," says Leslye. "I wouldn't have thought of these things. I'm so impressed." As a mother, Leslye understands how important it is for parents to feel they're leaving their child in a warm, healing environment.

She also wanted to help create a care setting that matches the professionalism and enthusiasm of the behavioral staff. "The staff is wonderful—so friendly and dedicated to the kids," says Leslye. "They deserve a place that's up to par with Fairview's reputation."

Remodeling is finished on these two units which serve up to 32 children and teens, ages 4 to 18. One of the units is an Intensive Treatment Center, with space for 12 patients—the only one of its kind in the state. Also unique: These units allow a parent to stay the night, in one of four family rooms.

The units are part of University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital in Minneapolis, but are located in an adjacent hospital building.

The renovation is just the start; donor support will allow us to extend the healing environment to all of our mental health treatment settings for young people.

Learn more by contacting development officer Marlene Qualle, 612-273-4467.


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