Hurley Children's Hospital still vying for $50,000 'Vote for Miracles' money

FLINT (WJRT) (12/14/2017) - With a few simple clicks, Hurley Children's Hospital could win $50,000 to help kids in Mid-Michigan.

The funds would be earmarked for creating a child friendly treatment room, which nurses say is sadly in high demand.

The hospital is a finalist in the "Vote for Miracles" contest offered by the Children's Miracle Network. The hospital that receives the most votes will earn a $50,000 prize.

Hurley officials already have pledged to spend the prize on a special treatment room for children who have been physically or sexually abused.

"Even the examination table, making that different, making that not look so much like an examination table," said Mattie Pearson, the service line administrator for women and children at Hurley. "Having the artwork, televisions, having screens with spots in the room that they can get a little bit more comfortable in their environment so they can feel that they can share their story."

Hurley sees about 2,000 abused children every year and they all end up in the Emergency Department, where nurses say the atmosphere can be overwhelming.

"As you know, an ER is very busy and just trying to remove them from that environment," Pearson said.

See the Related Links area on the right side of this story for a link to the Vote for Miracles contest. Anyone can vote once a day per email address through Dec. 19.

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