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Valley’s Pediatric Playroom Gets Mural Makeover

Ridgewood, New Jersey September 26, 2018 A visit to Valley’s pediatric playroom located on the second floor of The Valley Hospital feels more like a visit to an aquarium than a children’s play space within a hospital’s pediatric unit. Thanks to a generous in-kind donation from Michael and Betty Ann Buono, Valley’s Pediatric Playroom just got an aquatic mural makeover.

Life-sized dolphins, sea turtles, whales, seals, an octopus, and various tropical fish make up the elaborate scene. The vibrant blue mural of underwater sea creatures was painted by local artist Gina Miccinilli to produce a child-friendly environment.

“Children like to visit the pediatric playroom for entertainment and activity,” says Susan Apple, RN, Manager of NICU, Pediatrics, PICU. “The new mural seems to be having a calming effect on many of our young patients because it distracts them from the reason they are here. It’s a fun and beautiful space.”

A gift like this enhances Valley’s ability to improve the patient experience. Valley is very grateful to the Buono family for this generous contribution.

The Buono Family in Valley's Pediatric Playroom with Aquatic Mural


The Buono Family with staff members of Valley's Pediatric Unit