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Keystone Pharmacy Donates Children’s Items to Metro Health Child Life Program

Keystone Pharmacy has donated more than 400 stuffed animals and accessories to the Metro Health Hospital Foundation for use in the Metro Health’s Child Life Services program.

After reading an article describing Child Life Services in The Grand Rapids Press, pharmacy employees wanted to contribute to this important service. Marie Woodard, director of marketing at Keystone Pharmacy, worked with the team to gather the items and deliver them to the hospital.

Child life specialists at Metro Health are experts in child development who provide support and help children cope with the emotional stresses of healthcare and the hospital. Working with children who are patients or family members, child life specialists try to take the unknown out of the hospital experience for many young patients or family members.

As a compounding pharmacy Keystone also provides special services to children by formatting medications into flavored liquids or gummies, which make the medications easier for kids to take, according to Woodard.

“It’s exciting to see that our community supports the important work of our child life specialists,” said Metro Health Hospital executive vice president of foundation and community outreach Laura Staskiewicz. “Donors make this program possible. Metro’s Child Life Services program is fully funded through generous gifts from our community.”

About Metro Health Hospital Foundation
The Metro Health Hospital Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to improving the health and well being of the West Michigan community through philanthropy. The Foundation’s support of Metro Health Hospital allows individuals, organizations and businesses to contribute funds that prevent catastrophic illnesses, provide life-saving education and screenings, improve overall patient care and fund a wide variety of programs and services. For more information, visit


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