Patient Makes ‘Commercial’ About Rush Experience

It looks a little like one of those Rush Stories commercials. And with that classical cello music in the background, it kind of sounds like one, too.

But this is the work of 10-year-old Jervon A., who directed and starred in the video earlier this year while he was a patient at Rush University Medical Center.

“It was his vision from beginning to end,” said John Lyons, a filmmaker who worked with Jervon on his personal video.

Lyons is an artist-in-residence with the Snow City Arts Foundation, an award-winning program that teaches filmmaking, creative writing, music, painting and photography to children at Rush and other hospitals in the Chicago area.

Jervon was eager to make a video, Lyons said, and after some discussion they decided to focus on his time at Rush.

“He wrote the narration, and it really came from his experience here,” Lyons said.

In addition to the Snow City artists, Jervon talks about his nurse (“generous”), the food (“really good, especially the pancakes”), the activity lady from Rush’s Child Life Program and more.

“Rush Hospital is special to me,” Jervon concludes, “because I’m special to Rush.”

Celebrating Child Life Month at Rush

Lisa M. Kappy BA, CCLS, CEIM, is a Child Life specialist with Rush University Medical Center. Rush’s Child Life Program, which focuses on the emotional and developmental well-being of hospitalized children and their families, plans to share regular updates about its activities.

By Lisa M. Kappy

We started Child Life Month the first of March. We had a table in the cafeteria to help explain Child Life services that went really well. Also, to help promote some of the interventions we do as specialists, we are having dress-up days.

Friday, March 5, was superhero day to help talk about dramatic play. It was a really fun day for the kids to see their doctors, nurses and child life specialists dressed up as superhero characters. Thursday, March 11, was pajama day, which allowed us to talk about relaxation. When kids and teens are having stress and anxiety here in the hospital, we try to help provide a relaxing space and self. Pajama day was a nice and relaxed day that was topped off with a movie in the activity room.

Now we are getting ready for St. Patrick’s Day next Wednesday when we’ll have a corned beef sandwich lunch for the patients and families on pediatrics. Everyone is having a fun time celebrating Child Life Month, and we look forward to continuing the fun!