Premier nonprofit arts organization expands to Silicon Valley

NEW YORK, NY, May 07, 2024 /24-7PressRelease/ — Healthy Humor (HH), a national, nonprofit arts organization whose professional performers are specially-trained to work in the hospital environment to create laughter and comfort for hospitalized children and families, is pleased to announce a new collaboration with Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, the center of the Stanford Medicine Children’s Health network, which is the largest health care system in the San Francisco Bay Area exclusively dedicated to pediatric and obstetric care.

Starting this summer, HH’s Red Nose Docs, professional artists from a variety of disciplines, will operate twice a week at Packard Children’s. This group of actors, musicians, magicians, and improv artists will create spontaneous, joyful, individualized interactions with patients. They will visit patient rooms and other areas of the hospital identified by Packard Children’s staff where they can have the greatest impact. The Red Nose Docs program aids in alleviating the stress and fear of young patients. Along with Packard Children’s health care teams, the performers engage children in play, facilitate compliance with treatment, and bring a spirit of lightness wherever they go.

“We are thrilled that our Red Nose Docs will soon be making rounds at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, an institution known for excellence,” said Dina Paul-Parks, Co-Founder and CEO of Healthy Humor. “We look forward to contributing to its world-renowned success by offering up our own special brand of healing in the face of adversity and providing humor, joy, and hope to the hospital’s young patients and their families at their most vulnerable.”

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford is joining 15 other pediatric hospitals across the country that are part of the HH family.

About Healthy Humor
Healthy Humor (HH) is a national, nonprofit arts organization whose professional performers create moments of joy, wonder, laughter, and comfort for hospitalized children and all others who are most in need. Our flagship program, the Red Nose Docs, uses the magic of healthcare clowning to help alleviate the fear and trauma of a hospital stay for young patients and their circle of caregivers. We serve more than 600,000 kids and families at 15 partner hospitals across the country, including at three of the nation’s top five children’s hospitals – Cincinnati Children’s Hospital (#1), Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (#4), and Children’s National Hospital in DC (#5).

HH’s founders created the field of healthcare clowning more than 35 years ago and remain preeminent leaders in the industry, teaching at international healthcare conferences and other events worldwide, including Sao Paolo, Brazil; Sydney, Australia; Lisbon, Portugal; Vienna, Austria; and The Hague, The Netherlands, alongside the World Health Organization.

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