“The big project the Murphys funded was the creation of the Sibling Time Room, for infants through 12-year olds. This is a critically important resource for families who have a child in the hospital for a long period of time. When a brother or sister falls ill or suffers a serious accident, a sibling often feels left out and confused about what’s happening.
Staffed by child development specialists, the Sibling Room provides a specially equipped educational play environment where the child receives one-on-one attention and learns about the health problems or medical procedures their sibling is going through. This support greatly relieves the parents, allowing them to focus on their ill child’s needs, while still being together as a family.”— Rita Goshert, MA, CCLS, Clinical Operations Manager, Child Life Department
Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach
The Sibling Room, built with a grant from the Murphy Family Foundation, is part of the Miller Hospital’s Child Life Program which was developed to help support families who have a child in the hospital. When a child is hospitalized for a short or extended time period, the Sibling Room provides a safe, fun place for other siblings to be cared for.
While the parent may be visiting the sick child or consulting with doctors, Child Life Specialists guide siblings through play and learning activities to help them understand what their brother or sister is going through—and give them the extra support they need to handle the stress and disruption caused by an illness in the family.
In 2012, The Sibling Room served 4700 children and in 2013 the number increased to 5,000.