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RNC Leaves Legacy in Cleveland, Ribbon Cutting at UH Rainbow with Janna Ryan and Jane Portman (VIDEO/AUDIO)

CLEVELAND -- Janna Ryan, wife of U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI), cut the ribbon on a new horticultural therapy suite at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital during RNC Week in Cleveland. Jane Portman, wife of U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), joined Janna Ryan Wednesday morning in the Angie Fowler Rooftop Garden atop the children's hospital. Mrs. Ryan received help with the ribbon cutting from four-year-old Cordelia, a cancer survivor, and her supportive big sister, six-year-old CC.

The year-round therapeutic space is an enhancement of Angie’s Garden, part of the Angie Fowler Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Institute at UH Rainbow. The suite and garden is open to all patients and their families. 

The Credit Union National Association (CUNA) and RealClearPolitics honored the 2016 Republican National Convention by taking on the horticultural therapy suite project at Rainbow. The effort is a tradition of credit unions honoring cities that host the national party conventions with “leave-behind” projects which serve the local communities long after the conventions have left town. The Ohio Credit Union League spearheaded fundraising by the credit unions and raised more than their target goal of $300,000 to cover the costs of the project. 

Should We Stop Pokémon Go? (VIDEO/AUDIO)

CLEVELAND -- Excitement for Pokémon Go has run high and downloads for the app have come fast and furious. But almost as fast have been the warnings about possible injuries from the new game.

It's only been around for a week but the latest incarnation of the Japanese anime television series and video game has already caused the National Safety Council to release a statement warning about many close calls caused by the game where players see Pokémon characters appear in the real world while looking through their phone.

"Kids and adults alike can really be drawn into this game," says Jerri Rose, MD, a pediatric emergency medicine specialist at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital. "It certainly could be distracting for kids when they're walking or riding their bikes or their scooters, if they're not paying attention to where they're at, it can certainly set them up for injuries."

Kids can be hit by cars while ignoring their surroundings or can trip while walking or even have crashes if on a bike, skateboard, or even driving a car. Or worse.

"They might potentially be led to a place that might not be the safest to go," says Dr. Rose. "Stranger danger is still a conversation to have with your kids."

Dr. Rose says it's too early to tell if the game will pose long-term and significant health risks to players but, in the meantime, everyone must take precautions. "Still those common sense rules should apply when kids are venturing out playing Pokémon Go, just a reminder for them to be aware of their surroundings to keep them safe."

Alzheimer's Interview with Brian Appleby, MD

CLEVELAND -- Brian Appleby, MD, a geriatric psychiatrist at University Hospitals Case Medical Center, discusses young onset Alzheimer's in the wake of legendary Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt's death from the disease at age 64. Symptoms include memory and recollection problems and changes in personality and behavior. He says the life expectancy for an young onset patient is eight to ten years after initial symptoms.

He also discusses prevention, citing lifestyle in addition to genetics as a cause, recommending a low fat, low cholesterol diet, exercise, and social and mental engagements to help. He says Pat Summit can help raise awareness for the disease the same way President Ronald Reagan did before his death in 2004 and the movie "Still Alice" did when it won the Oscar in 2015.

Rooftop garden in full bloom at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital (VIDEO)

CLEVELAND – Patients, families, staff and the community gathered today to experience one of only a few hospital rooftop gardens in the country at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital (UH Rainbow). Angie’s Garden, a 7,500-square-foot healing garden, is a place where all patients and their families can be outside, away from the clinical environment, in their own natural oasis. A butterfly release of about 100 butterflies kicked off today’s rooftop event.
“Angie’s Garden is in full bloom, with a beautiful color palate that includes various scents and textures found in a sensory garden,” says Kristina Arthur, UH Rainbow’s horticulturalist. “It is amazing to watch a family enter the garden and see an instant and noticeable shift from patients and caregivers to simply kids and parents.”
Highlights of the garden include:
  • Rainbow canopy that casts prisms of light across the space
  • Bird and running water sound areas
  • Full-size baby giraffe sculpture
  • 40-foot living wall tapestry
  • Kaleidoscope planter
  • Telescope overlook with a breathtaking view of Cleveland’s skyline and surrounding vistas
Angie’s Garden is part of the Angie Fowler Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Institute (Angie’s Institute) at UH Rainbow, founded in 2012 with a generous $17 million gift from Char and Chuck Fowler in honor of their daughter Angie. Angie’s Institute – fully integrated with UH Seidman Cancer Center and Case Comprehensive Cancer Center – is specifically designed to improve outcomes for the teen and young adult patient population. Angie’s Institute outpatient center opened in spring 2014 on the UH Rainbow Horvitz Tower 8th floor. The newly renovated space is one of the first in the country to offer separate, age-appropriate areas, technologies and amenities for babies/children and adolescents/young adults. 

Meet the Beadles (VIDEO/AUDIO)

CLEVELAND -- Meet the Beadles, the Fab Four, quadruplets born May 1st at UH MacDonald Women's Hospital who have spent their first  six weeks in the NICU at UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital. Born eight weeks premature, (in order) it's Gia, Leo, Lea, and Geo who have caused this Beadlemania.

Lea and Geo just went home but parents Melissa and Bob Beadle, who live in the Youngstown area, will stay at the Ronald McDonald House in University Circle until the other two go home, closer to their due date of July 24th.

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