The pediatric unit at Methodist Hospitals Southlake Campus now has its very own “Reading Room,” thanks to Methodist Hospitals Auxiliary. Connie Hickman, President of Methodist Hospitals Auxiliary, wanted to establish the room in memory of her late husband, Robert Hickman. She donated the furnishings for the room. The books, which are distributed to the young patients, are donated through Project R.E.A.D. (Reading Early Accelerates Development) by the Gary Literacy Coalition, Inc. (GLC). Project R.E.A.D. is a Methodist Hospitals volunteer program that focuses primarily on reading to infants and young children. While serving as the literacy link for Project R.E.A.D., the Gary Literacy Coalition, Inc. supports the Methodist Hospitals pediatric literacy initiative, Reach Out and Read. Reach Out and Read is a national early literacy program, sanctioned by pediatricians, that makes books a routine part of pediatric care. During the last seven years, over 10,000 books have been distributed through the Methodist Hospitals’ Project R.E.A.D. program.
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