Banner Medical Center will open a center for teenagers


TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — Teens at Banner Diamond Children’s Medical Center will soon have their own space: The new Teen Lounge will provide young patients with a place to relax, socialize with others and ease stress.

Banner is one of 18 hospitals nationwide selected to receive a teen-focused space grant, part of a 3-year, $1.5 million partnership with the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation and the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

The space, decorated in bright colors, was designed with the aim of easing the stress of young patients and promoting their general well-being by giving them “a way to connect with friends and siblings during their stay in the hospital and forget for a moment why they’re in the hospital,” said April McGonnigal, director of the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation.

This new space brings happiness to teens battling cancer and other serious illnesses by providing them with a sense of normalcy and a distraction from the stress and anxiety that often comes with being a teenager in a hospital.

April McGonnigal, director of the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation

Sarah Frost, CEO of Banner – University Medical Center South and Tucson, said, “This new salon is an incredible and unique space that can help ease the pain, fear, and stress of a sick or injured teenager by providing a space where a teenager can be a teenager and spend time with family and friends.”

Banner will host the grand opening of the Starlight Teen Lounge at Diamond Children’s Medical Center on Wednesday, May 18 at 10 a.m.

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