“The trip was unbelievably meaningful in a variety of ways – connection, growth, understanding…to name a few.”-BobbiJo Pansier, MPH, CCLS, CTRS
In April, BobbiJo Pansier, MPH, CCLS, CTRS, and Arash Babaoff, MD CTrop, Medical Advisor & Board Member, traveled to Tbilisi, Georgia to bring joy to children while working with dedicated hospital psychologists. Throughout that week abroad, both BobbiJo and Arash were able to see firsthand the impacts of Standish Foundation’s generous donors on the medical teams, psychosocial care teams and hospitals and their playrooms. While they were in Tbilisi they visited four hospitals with three large suitcases of toys and supplies to support the healthcare professionals they would be visiting.
By supporting child life and psychosocial care practices, Standish Foundation helps children remain children, even while in the hospital in the United States and internationally.
Thank you BobbiJo and Arash for their dedication to bringing the values and mission of Standish Foundation overseas to children in need.
Read below to hear about this impactful trip in their own words.
This was my third visit to Tbilisi, Georgia with our psychosocial teams who work at four different hospitals. In the four days that we visited, BobbiJo Pansier and I bore witness to the Standish Foundation for Children’s efforts. A single successful model intervention in the emergency department four years ago has led to system-level changes at one of the prominent hospitals in the capital: inclusion of parents during pediatric procedures, the production of topical analgesics to replace needles, and the use of an oral benzodiazepine to reduce anxiety pre-procedure. The ripple effect has been amazing. Our team has incited national level changes that promote child and family-centered care in the Republic of Georgia. We aspire to change the perception of medical care in Georgia.