The Eldorado and “Aladdin” production team donated the first machine in November and set out to raise funds for a second machine through donations collected from audience members and matched by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. To date, more than $18,000 has been collected. An additional $404 was collected after the show Thursday. Any additional funds raised through the final show Sunday evening will be utilized for maintenance expenses and to purchase additional content.
“We are thrilled that we had the opportunity to acquire not one, but two of these systems for Renown Children’s Hospital and are so thankful for our generous guests and patrons that made donations throughout the run of Aladdin,” said Cindy Carano, executive director of hotel operations for the Eldorado Hotel Casino.
Only one other system is being used in the United States at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas. Internationally, more than 50 children’s hospitals in the UK use the system. Having two units will allow the hospital to utilize the systems in multiple areas of Renown Children’s Hospital and cater to patients of varying ages.
Renown Child Life Specialist Angie McEvers says distraction therapy seems to work well on all patients. "There is a theory that says the brain can't process multiple stimuli at once. So if we divert a child's attention and distract the brain with these cool images or other sensory items, we're able to block some of the painful stimuli. This diversion allows us to minimize the pain a patient experiences as well as helps with anxiety, blood pressure and stress levels."
Those wishing to see the 3-D technology in action only have a few more chances – “Aladdin” closes January 13. For more information on show times and tickets call 1-800-648-5966 or visit www.eldoradoreno.com.
To learn more about Renown Children’s Hospital, visit renown.org/children.
From left to right: Deena McKenzie, director of Women and Children’s at Renown Health, Angie McEvers, child life specialist at Renown Children’s Hospital, Becky Haase, manager at Renown Children’s Hospital accept a donation from Jennifer Dominique, director of Entertainment and Retail at Eldorado Hotel Casino and Joel Muller, VP of the Renown Health Foundation after Thursday's performance of Aladdin.