Baptist Children’s Hospital opens new playroom for patients


MEMPHIS, Tenn., – The Spence and Becky Wilson Baptist Children’s Hospital held a dedication ceremony on Tuesday for a new playroom in the hospital’s pediatric inpatient care unit.

Named for Baptist’s pediatrics mascot, P.D. Parrot’s Playroom will open in the space formerly used for the pediatric ICU waiting room. The 500-square-foot playroom will feature a BEAM interactive projector game system, interactive manipulatives on the wall for all ages, arts and crafts, and other toys and games.

“P.D. Parrot’s Playroom was expertly designed to help ease the hospital experience for our pediatric patients,” said Allison Bosse, CEO and administrator of Baptist Children’s Hospital and Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women. “It provides a safe space for children of all ages to play, which can help them cope during long and frequent hospitalizations and between treatments and procedures. We’re grateful to our donors who helped make P.D. Parrot’s Playroom possible.”

The Toy Foundation awarded Baptist Children’s Hospital a $25,000 grant, administered through The Children’s Hospital Association, and Spence and Becky Wilson donated $75,000 in honor of Becky’s mother, Rebecca Webb, for the playroom. The work was completed by Belz Architecture + Construction.

The Spence and Becky Wilson Baptist Children’s Hospital is on the same campus as Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women, the first and only freestanding women’s hospital in the area. The hospital features a 10-bed pediatric emergency room, a combined 12-bed pediatric intensive care and inpatient unit and a 5-bed outpatient diagnostic center. With 24-hour pediatric intensivist coverage, multiple pediatric specialties and access to critical care transport for neonatal, pediatric and maternity patients, the hospital is equipped to provide high-quality care for a wide variety of pediatric patients and issues.