A child’s first impression of a healthcare setting can set the stage for how the rest of their experience will unfold. A health care environment that promotes positivity and playfulness through use of color, art, and murals can provide a sense of familiarity and can even promote the healing process. During this tour and talk, attendees will gain insight into Children Mercy Hospital’s innovative approach to creating spaces for healing.
**All attendees must have a photo ID to enter the building.
Donald Ross “Scribe” is the Special Design & Art Project Manager at Children’s Mercy Hospital. In his role, Scribe is responsible for overseeing design projects such as murals, signage and custom therapeutic environments for patients and families. Utilizing his creative and artistic talents, Scribe has transformed the interior of Children’s Mercy over the past 15 years by creating works of art that are not only visually engaging, but also promote health and healing. In addition to his work at the hospital, Scribe’s animated, public murals are easily recognized throughout Kansas City and different part of the United States, Canada, and Mexico, where he has both painted murals and had gallery shows. Scribe incorporates a menagerie of animal characters in his work and uses humor and play to convey sometimes serious messages regarding personal integrity, adventure and attainment of knowledge.
Missy Stover is the patient and family support services manager at Children's Mercy Hospital. In her role, Missy oversees and provides leadership to staff and volunteers to ensure that support services meet the psychosocial and developmental needs of children and their families to reduce the stress and anxiety accompanying hospitalization. Missy has worked at Children's Mercy Hospital since 1997 in a variety of roles, and has primarily focused on implementing programs for inpatient families that are developmentally appropriate, family-centered and deliver compassionate psychosocial care. Missy actively collaborates with other hospital leaders and committees to positively impact healthcare experiences of patients and families, including contributing her developmental expertise as it relates to environmental enhancements at Children's Mercy.