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Hurley ball benefits the kids

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(03/30/12) - A black tie carnival is hoped to make miracles happen at Hurley's newly opened Children's Hospital. Hurley Medical Center is dedicating its 31st annual benefit ball to the kids.

At a kick off at Hurley, staff and some past and present patients laid it on the line, explaining exactly why the Children's Hospital is so crucial in Mid-Michigan and beyond.

Austin Perez, a 16-year-old asthma patient, says he has relied on the staff at Hurley most of his life. "Here, they take care of you. You are never left by yourself.  They know what they are doing, they are on top of everything. I just can't thank them enough, because if they weren't there, who would be?"

Critical to the operation of Children's Hospital, says Mattie Pearson, nurse manager for pediatrics and the PICU, is the availability of as many pediatric specialists as possible. "It helps me do my job, because I know I have a specialists. I have board certified specialists that know my kids, that are treating them. You can't treat kids as adults. Yeah, they may be smaller, they may have different elements, but I want you to treat them personally as the small people that they are."

Dr. Brian Nolan, the director of clinical pediatrics and the PICU, is quick to remind that Hurley also operates the third busiest pediatric intensive care and trauma units in all of Michigan. "So we see a lot of sick kids. And I think people want to go to a place where they have a high volume operation, where we're used to taking care of a lot of problems. I think we do that."

Most important to young patients, like 12-year-old April LaGrone, who suffers Type I Diabetes, is that Hurley offers care in a kid-friendly environment. "The regular ER, before the Peds ER, could be very chaotic, and very busy, and on top of all that, you're not feeling at your best. So, I think the new Peds ER can really make you feel at ease and as comfortable as possible, because no one wants to be at a hospital, no mom or no dad wants to see their kid going through this. So, it's comfortable, there is a playroom and they give you cafeteria tickets."

Go find your glass slippers-- there are still tickets available to the 31st Annual Hurley Benefit Ball. It is on Saturday, April 21, 2012, at 6 p.m. at the Riverfront Banquet Center in Flint. For ticket information, email or call 810-262-9399.

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