St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands (April 28, 2016) – Children who have to stay overnight at the Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center (JFL) will now have a new way to get around the hospital. JFL deployed a fleet of four red wagons this week to different areas of the medical center that will serve pediatric patients.

Wagons are used in scores of children’s hospitals nationwide to help provide a “kid-friendly” experience to what can be a very frightening time for a young child. The red wagon project is the brainchild of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Nurse Manager, Faye John-Baptiste, who is very excited about the “red wagon” roll out. “Children have very unique needs to feel safe, especially when they are sick, injured, or in an unfamiliar environment. Using the wagons for transport throughout JFL can provide a fun element to what can be a very scary time,” said John-Baptiste.

The Radio Flyer wagons were deployed on Wednesday to the following areas of the hospital: the Emergency Room, the Operating Room, and Pediatrics. Each wagon is unique labeled with a JFL license plate for easy identification. They will be used to transport children, who are being admitted, who are going to have procedures or x-rays done, and to transport them to and from their rooms.

John-Baptiste is a strong advocate for child friendly experiences throughout the hospital, and she said these new child transports will help calm a lot of little fears.

JFL purchased the wagons from Radio Flyer, Inc.

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