|Ron and Mary Lou Francis, Glen Wesley and Paul Maurice help unveil Hurricanes Hallway at Duke Children's Hospital. |
The National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes unveiled Wednesday a colorful new hallway that will greet pediatric patients at Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center.
Located off the main lobby, the hallway features an oversized 3-D cartoon mural that simulates an “on-ice” hockey experience and a cast of characters in the stands cheering on the Hurricanes. The rendering was created by Clayton illustrator Jim Brown.
Another wall in the hospital features an 11-foot case with player jerseys, sticks, warm-up jackets, newspaper clippings, photos and hockey memorabilia. A replica of a player locker was also built with authentic items on the shelves including gloves, a helmet, skates, padding and a Carolina Hurricane jersey.
Pediatric patients will also have the opportunity to see themselves on the “Funtron” – a revolving display modeled on the Hurricanes’ JumboTron scoreboard at the Raleigh Entertainment & Sports Arena that shows pediatric patients photographed with Hurricanes players.
“Hurricanes Hallway is meant to bring a smile to the faces of the patients here, many of whom live in a lot of pain,” said Carolina Hurricanes captain Ron Francis. “They are an inspiration to us and this is our way of giving back.”
|Hurricanes President and COO Jim Cain, Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and CEO of Duke Hospital Mike Israel, and Stormy attend Wednesday's unveiling. |
Hurricanes Hallway was developed as part of a partnership between the NHL team and Duke after club owner Peter Karmanos and the team pledged to donate $250,000 to the Duke Children’s’ Hospital and Health Center over a four-year period. The funds supported the building of the McGovern-Davison Children’s Health Center. The first payment was made to Duke earlier this year.
“Duke is proud to have the Carolina Hurricanes on our team. Continued support from partners such as the Hurricanes enables us to give our patients the most advanced healthcare possible,” said Mike Israel, Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and CEO of Duke Hospital.
Hurricanes Hallway underscores the significant relationship that Duke and the Hurricanes have developed since the team moved here from Hartford, CT in May 1997.
Francis and Glen Wesley, both of whom attended the news conference, actively support Duke Children’s Hospital. During the season, both players invite patients and their families to enjoy a night out in their private suites at the Entertainment & Sports Arena. Aside from treating them to food, beverages and keepsakes, the children meet Francis and Wesley after the games for autographs and photos.
Hurricanes head coach Paul Maurice and President Jim Cain were also in attendance. Attending from Duke were Associate Chairman of Pediatrics Dr. Thomas Kinney and a number of caregivers, patients and their families.
Terrell Williams contributed to this report.