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Children’s Hospital, Affiliate of Vilnius University Hospital Santariskiu Clinic

Located in Vilnius, the Children’s Hospital provides the highest level of comprehensive care for young patients ranging from infant newborns up to 18 year olds. Diagnosis and treatment, including surgeries and rehabilitation services are delivered by the best trained team of child health care specialists working in Lithuania today.

With eight newly equipped operating theatres ensuring the highest standards of safety and positive outcomes, more than 8000 urgent and elective surgeries are performed annually.

Over 130 top pediatricians, orthopedics – traumathologists and surgeons who consult at the Children’s Hospital are constantly improving their qualifications in hospitals, clinics and institutes throughout Europe and the world.

Thanks to financial support from Lithuanian National Funding sources as well as the European Union Structural Funds, various private sponsors and fund raising efforts on the part of hospital staff, the hospital is being continually modernized. With modern facilities and the latest in equipment, continuously improved testing, diagnostic and treatment methods can be provided.

During their hospital stay, children are offered various educational, cultural and fun activities. They are able of continuing their education or play, read and listen to music. Frequent festivals and concerts are provided during which popular singers and actors perform. Various concerts featuring young mentors continually engage the children and teach paper art, drawing and handicrafts. Many of the hospital offices are decorated with the children’s work and many items are given as valued gifts to visiting guests. Every year St. Casimir Fair is held in the Oncohematology Department and is extremely popular with children, visitors and staff alike.

The Children’s Hospital consciously strives to create and sustain a warm and supportive environment for the children being treated as well as their parents and relatives. It is a testament to the dedication and devotion of the total hospital staff, starting from the administration through to the medical personnel and right down to the support staff and mentors. In this way hospital was able to get such a wonderful reputation for creating an atmosphere of care and warmth for young patients often facing difficult situations.

Since the importance of art therapy in helping children to recover sooner and fostering a warmer hospital experience is amply demonstrated, the Children’s Hospital maintains close ties and involvement with various community artists.

Which other Creative Sectors has the SME worked with?
Performing & Visual Arts, Audiovisual, Music, Contemporary Arts

Which other Growth Sectors has the SME worked with?
Healthcare (Life Sciences & Medical), Heritage

Were any relationships rewarding?

One of the most rewarding relationships we had is with the Guild of the Crafts of Lithuania. The founder of this Guild ceramist Vygantas Vasaitis came to meet children and gave a lecture about clay, its history and how clay can be used to make creative works. The second part of the event consisted of practical task – Vygantas Vasaitis showed children how to make crafts from clay and children were making works by themselves. Children has an especially good memories and experiences that helped to improve their moods and feel happy.

Another relationship that we appreciate is with Vilnius Art School of Children and Youth, managed by Jūratė Stauskaitė. They apply their unique masterly methods to make the sessions inspiring, educating and joyful. In particular, a team of this organisation came and implemented the art therapy session by helping the patients to express their emotions on paper. This relationship was especially rewarding, because children received psychological and emotional help.

How does the SME think it could benefit from other sectors' input?

Any kind of transfer of experience and knowledge would benefit out hospital. We would appreciate any joint projects, which take place in our hospital and involve sick children.

We believe that we really need help in informing the society about our activities and what role arts and culture play in healing process. We believe that some kind of advertising or marketing campaign would be especially important as it would help to get support and attract sponsors.

We would be very happy to increase the qualification of employees, who are working with children. It is very important for us to get more knowledge and good practice.

In general, we are open to any kind of new relationship that could be mutually beneficial for both sides.

What can the SME offer other sectors?

First of all, we could share our knowledge about education of children and their and their parents involvement into creative activities. We can share information about how to create cozy atmosphere and how to help patients feel better.

We are the only children hospital in the whole country, where people of high qualification are employed (they have knowledge about health as well as pedagogy).

We can offer our premises for the implementation of the projects. We have a park outside the hospital, where many of our events take place.

To what extent would the SME be prepared to share information?

We are ready to share as much information as possible (by not breaking the law of patients’ confidentiality) and as intensively as our partners need.

How would the SME describe its potential for cross innovation?

We are very open to new initiatives. Our cooperation with different creative sectors show our understanding and need to implement joint projects. We appreciate work that cultural and creative companies do and we truly believe that by working together we can help children to recover and heal.

Out of the 11 Cross Innovation Partner Cities, are there any particular cities with which the SME would like to form a new relationship?

Are there any particular organisations outside the SMEs home country, with which it would like to connect?

No, there are not.

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