Orange Park, FL – Middleburg High School Art Students wanted to give back to the children at Orange Park Medical Center, and their Art Teacher Adam Goodwin and the Orange Park Medical Center Auxiliary Program helped the students make that happen. The hospital’s volunteer program donated funds for art supplies and Goodwin oversaw the students as they designed and painted ceiling tiles to match the animal theme throughout the hospital’s pediatric care areas. 

“We’ve wanted to do this for 3-4 years. We thought it would be fun for the kids in the hospital and it was fun for my students. We enjoyed it,” said Goodwin. Goodwin and students Adrianna Ouzts, Lydia smart and Jasmine Bole presented the tiles to a team of pediatric healthcare workers at Orange Park Medical Center. Now the tiles are on display throughout their pediatric unit and patient rooms.

“This project warmed our hearts,” said Suzanne Jones, RN, Director of Women and Children Services at Orange Park Medical Center. “We know these students have had a challenging year dealing with the pandemic, yet they took the time to do something so special for our patients. It really means a lot to us.”

Orange Park Medical Center offers a variety of pediatric services including emergency, inpatient, intensive critical care (ICU), neonatal intensive care (NICU) and surgical care. The hospital also delivers nearly 2,000 babies each year. Orange Park Medical Center’s pediatric areas provide a child-friendly environment to help reduce the anxiety of a trip to the hospital.