RILEY HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN
Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health is the only
Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in the state of
Indiana, which sets them apart from all other children’s
hospitals in our state. As Indiana’s first and only
comprehensive hospital dedicated exclusively to the
care of children, Riley Hospital for Children has provided
hope and healing to children and their families for over
ninety years. Since opening its doors in 1924, Riley
Hospital has focused on family-centered pediatric care
for any child who needs it. Riley is also home to the
state's largest pediatric research program at the Well’s
Center for Pediatric Research, where physician-scientists
vigorously work to bring new cures to the bedside.
Riley Hospital and the Wells Center for Pediatric Research depend on the generosity of donors to support vital clinical programs and pediatric medical research. Each year Riley serves over 300,000 inpatients and outpatients from across Indiana, the nation and the world. From simple care associated with the health and wellness of children, to the most critically-ill children and medically complex cases, Riley is the leader for pediatric care in the state and the region.
By contributing to Indiana University Dance Marathon, you are enabling innovative people, programs and technologies to translate new ideas into the best possible support for families. This support will help Riley provide hope through pediatric research that is revolutionizing treatments and seeking cures for conditions such as cancer, diabetes and asthma.
How We Help the Hospital
Riley Connect Program
In only its second year as a program, Riley Connection allows selected members of the Hospital Relations committee to volunteer with current patients at the hospital every Sunday. After going through screenings and training programs, the committee members are able to let the kids just be kids through reading stories and playing games together. If you want to learn more about how this program started and what it is currently doing, look at this article: https://www.rileychildrens.org/connections/iu-dance-marathon-volunteers-connect-with-riley-kids
Another way that the 18 committees are able to support Riley families is through serving home cooked meals to the families staying at the Ronald McDonald House Meals. With two locations in Central Indiana, the Ronald McDonald Houses serve as a home-away-from-home, at little to no cost for the families with children receiving care at Riley as well as other hospitals in the area.
The Hospital Relations committee has the unique opportunity to work with family support staff members of the NICU at Riley to plan monthly baby showers for the families with children in the unit. The baby showers give relief from the stress of the hospital with a donated meal from a variety of local restaurants as well as a chance to make a craft for their baby and enter a raffle for baby blankets, hats, and other donated items. If you would like to help support these events, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Riley week is dedicated to educating IUDM, donors and the IU campus all about our cause: Riley Hospital for children. This week is supported through the special help of the Hospital Relations Committee which puts on various activities such as passing out Riley facts, pins, and bracelets as well encouraging fundraising efforts. A highlight of the week is the Doc Talk, where students have the incredible opportunity to hear from a Riley doctor. This past year, IUDM was able to invite Dr. David Boyle to speak about his experience at IU!