Shhh ... Silent hospitals help healing for our patients

By: Rachel Rivera
Makenzie Kid: Makenzie Mother: Christine Simmons, B.S.N., R.N., clinical leader, UF Health Shands Cancer Hospital Surgical Services
Adan Kid: Adan Grandmother: Michelle Barrett, manager, UF Health Shands Human Resources Employee Relations
Claire Kid: Claire Mother: Amanda Lutz, M.O.T., OTR/L, D.R.S., occupational therapist, UF Health Shands Rehab Center for Kids at Magnolia Parke
Kainon Kid: Kainon Mother: Shana Cline, R.N., registered nurse, UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital Pediatric Cardiac ICU
Camden Kid: Camden Father: Michael Graziano, supervisor, UF Health Shands Facilities Maintenance Operations
Lyla Kid: Lyla Grandfather: Keith Swart, medical technologist, UF Health Shands Hospital Point of Care
Last fall, we asked faculty and staff to submit a photo of their child or grandchild so we could have ‘models’ for the campaign.
Ramsey Kid: Ramsey Father: Richard Brinkley, dosimetrist, UF Health Radiation Oncology
In total, we received photos of 105 kids. The iCARE committee selected 10 participants.
Javier Kid: Javier Mother: Aiesha Clarke, vendor coordinator, UF Health Shands Food and Nutrition Services


Briceston Kid: Briceston Mother: Cynthia Orton, office representative, UF Health Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Institute
Throughout UF Health Shands Hospital, 178 thresholds — the metal strip that runs across the bottom of a doorway — have been replaced to help reduce crossover noise.
In addition to these replacements, 90 noisy wheels on food and nutrition or pharmacy carts have also been replaced.
These small measures significantly help eliminate unnecessary noises on our patient floors.
Kazzarriah Kid: Kazarriah Mother: Felicia Shenbanjo, training associate, UF Health Shands Admissions