Children’s Clinic becomes ‘more kid-friendly’

By BRYN STOLE, Staff Writer

The Greenwood Children’s Clinic is receiving a makeover.
The waiting rooms are newly stocked with games, books, furniture and toys, courtesy of the Junior Auxiliary of Greenwood. The group also arranged for new artwork and game panels to line the walls of the waiting room, bringing a touch of life to the pediatric clinic.
Greenwood Leflore Hospital, which operates the clinic, has also repainted and refurbished much of it, bringing in new TVs and a new sound system.
The facelift — which brings improvements to all three waiting rooms inside the Children’s Clinic — is a continuation of the Auxiliary’s long partnership with Greenwood Leflore Hospital, which operates the clinic.
In the past, members of the group have helped keep the hospital’s pediatric playroom stocked with toys, games and activities. The group has also donated crash carts and gathered books for the hospital.
Aimee Dunn, co-chair of the Junior Auxiliary’s pediatric connections committee, said they have been working with the hospital since October to overhaul the clinic and make the waiting areas more appealing to children.
“We wrote down things that we thought would make the facilities more kid-friendly, and then we started brainstorming with the hospital to see what they would be able to do,” Dunn said.
On Tuesday, the Junior Auxiliary and the hospital hosted a reception at the Children’s Clinic to show off some of the changes and additions.
Among the new decorations on display inside the clinic were paintings from Heather Williams’ art classes at North New Summit School.
Williams, a member of the Junior Auxiliary, said her children have been working hard to create the works of art and are excited to see their creations on display.
“My art students have been thrilled to work on this project,” Williams said. “It’s exciting to see the kids giving back to the community.”