Parents and families on the UC Davis Pediatric and Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (PICU/PCICU) no longer have to leave their loved ones to get a snack in the cafeteria, thanks to UC Davis employee Teresa Campbell and the PICU team.
Campbell had brainstormed ways that the PICU team could provide additional support to families during the COVID-19 pandemic and came up with the simple idea of providing complimentary snacks. Campbell solicited food items and donations from the PICU staff and within 30 minutes, she had collected hundreds of dollars to start up the snack cart.
“I go around once a shift to all of the rooms and check in with parents, offering them items from the cart. It is amazing and humbling to see how touched they are and how their faces light up when I offer them something,” said Virpal Donley, interim nurse manager of the PICU/PCICU. “We hope to continue this long after all of the COVID-19 craziness settles down.”
In addition, the PICU/PCICU has a hot beverage cart, offering free tea, coffee and hot chocolate for families so they don’t have to leave their child’s bedside. This hot beverage cart is funded by PICU staff donations.