No one goes to hospital because they want to. People go to hospital because they have to. The role our environment plays on mental health, and the quality of our healing process, has been long well known. However for many, thoughts of hospital or healthcare environments are not associated with calming restful healing places, but rather more the opposite.
People do not go to a hospital because they want to—they go because they are referred for treatment. Many of them are afraid, unsure of what to expect, feel out of their comfort zone—experiencing a lack of control, and could be incredibly uncomfortable as a result of their condition. So it is vital to do whatever you can as a healthcare professional to help make their environment and the overall care package as safe, supportive, clear, and inviting as possible.
As an eternal optimist, I always like to say that if your child is at Boston Children's Hospital, it's definitely not a good thing—but it's also the best thing, given the circumstances. You're unlikely to find the same level of care, commitment, and quality anywhere else in the country.
Childhood isn't always easy—especially when kids get sick. Children want to play. They want magic and adventure in their lives. Kids love colour and they need it when they get ill. Unfortunately, hospitals are often drab. They are built to heal the body, not to inspire creativity and feed the imagination. But this is all changing.
I didn’t plan to be an entrepreneur. I started off as an engineer studying at Cambridge where I assumed I would graduate and work for someone else. But at some point, I realised that life wasn't for me. I wanted to do something more significant, something of my own. I was looking for the freedom to explore what I could do. I was better as a disruptor than I was at following someone else's lead.