Pittsburgh – August 30, 2018 – The Pediatric and Thoracic Surgery unit at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh will receive a multimedia makeover thanks to Make Room for Kids, an initiative of the Mario Lemieux Foundation.

In this 9th year of the program, Make Room for Kids will outfit the unit, which consists of 26 beds, with gaming and electronics equipment. They will deliver Xbox One consoles, controllers, hundreds of games, movies, and more. Each room on the unit will be outfitted so that patients have access to gaming and other multimedia resources during their hospital stay.

UPMC Children’s Hospital’s Adolescent Medicine, Cardiology, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, Epilepsy, Gastroenterology, Hematology/Oncology, Infusion Center, Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Pediatric Dialysis, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Pulmonary, Transplant, and Trauma units, as well as the Children’s Home & Lemieux Family Center, have been outfitted with equipment and games by Make Room for Kids in previous years. 

Recently, Make Room for Kids completed the first part of the 2018 install and upgraded the Transplant unit to new Xbox One consoles. In addition, a virtual reality headset with a gaming PC was installed in Austin’s Playroom, as part of this year’s project. 

Make Room for Kids began as a social media-driven fundraising effort by blogger Ginny Montanez designed to bring gaming to sick children in medical facilities. To date, it has raised over $200,000, helping to provide over 400 Xbox console units.

Microsoft’s Pittsburgh office has been one of the driving forces in Make Room for Kids since inception.  Pittsburgh employees and employees from across the country have joined in on the fundraising efforts and contribute roughly half of the money raised for Make Room for Kids.