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Covenant Children’s Unveils Teen Town for Adolescent Patients

New space houses study and recreation center for teenagers.

Covenant Children's, with funding support from the Covenant Health Foundation, opened Teen Town on May 15, a special place exclusively for teenaged patients who are hospitalized at Covenant Children's.

Teen Town includes two giant flat screen televisions, PlayStation, Xbox, photo booth, karaoke machine, snacks, drinks, games, movies and more, as well as two large graffiti walls.

"A group of teens who have all been in our hospital for one reason or another are on an advisory council," said Valerie Kerr, annual giving coordinator for Covenant Health Foundation. "They are the ones who decided on the name, what Teen Town will look like and what goes in it. They are so proud of this project. One or two of them will speak at the ribbon cutting about what Teen Town means to them. This is really exciting for all of us."

Previously there was very little for teenagers to do while hospitalized at Covenant Children's. Teens typically stayed in their rooms because the existing playroom is not very enticing to them.

Teen Town gives teen patients the opportunity to leave their room yet still be in a medically secure and supervised setting where they can interact with friends, siblings or other teen patients without interruption by medical staff, engage in fun activities and encourage their physical and mental activity through the use of gaming systems and other activities.

Covenant Children's is the region's only licensed children's hospital, and one of only eight in the state of Texas. The hospital serves a 62-county area, including West Texas and Eastern New Mexico and is a Level II Trauma Center. Covenant Children's is the only licensed children's hospital between El Paso and Ft. Worth. It is a 73-bed facility with a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit; the region's only accredited Pediatric Emergency Department; a Pediatric Medical/Surgical Unit featuring a "My Town" theme to offer a fun, healing environment; and a level III C Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), the highest rated NICU in the region.

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