Leah Wood understands that hours spent in a hospital room pass slowly. As a young girl, her grandmother was in and out of the hospital regularly. Leah found it difficult to stay entertained in the limited space of a hospital room.
So when Wood, a Pittsburg State University student majoring in social work, was assigned a project that was intended to make a difference to a large segment of people, she knew her focus would be recreational therapy.
“I thought back to my childhood when I spent days in a hospital room with my grandmother,” Wood said. “I also remember that after having a few months off from school during the summer months, I struggled to get back into a routine of critical thinking. It was from these two examples that I chose to center my project on entertaining, yet mind-stimulating activity books for hospital inpatients.
I also wanted to make sure my project helped people near my hometown of Prescott, Kansas.”
Throughout the semester, she solicited businesses to donate puzzle workbooks, coloring books and other supplies for overnight patients at Mercy Hospital Fort Scott.
McDonalds of Fort Scott donated children’s toys and the Prescott United Methodist Church offered financial assistance. Family members and friends chipped in, too. Where needed, Wood personally filled the gaps.
After months of piecing the project together, Wood delivered 63 bags intended for adults and children, plus 4 DVD players to Mercy Hospital on December 2.
“Leah’s contribution to Mercy is tremendous,” Carol Sinn, nurse case manager, at Mercy. “Our hospital sincerely thanks Leah for her contribution, her hard work and thoughtful compassion and gift to assure that our patient’s have activities that prevent boredom and enhance the healing process.”