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Hospitals embrace family programming as medical benefits emerge

Hospitals embrace family programming as medical benefits emerge

When it comes to life-threatening illnesses in children, many families are learning there is more to treatment than pills. There are prepared meals and outings, opportunities to paint a picture and even a fresh set of clothes.

There once was little consideration given to patients' and their families' quality of life during extended hospital stays or therapies, especially when the medical situation was grave. But that thinking is changing among those giving and those receiving care.

Hospitals are increasingly arranging for extracurricular services and partnering with charitable groups to ensure everyone feels a little special. And while families say these kinds of opportunities...

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