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In Kloiber Foundation Teen Lounge, teens can be themselves

image of teen room in KCH with screen and gaming consoles
Image of Dr. Day and the Kloibers cutting the ribbon to the new teen room
image of Dr. Day and the Kloibers in the new teen room

LEXINGTON, KY. (Feb. 23, 2023) Recently, Kentucky Children’s Hospital unveiled a new space designed exclusively for the hospital’s adolescent patients. The Kloiber Foundation Teen Lounge is a recreation room that has been renovated with teens in mind and outfitted with the latest tech gadgets.

Scottie B. Day, M.D., physician-in-chief of Kentucky Children’s Hospital, and David and Marci Kloiber were among those present to celebrate the grand opening. David Kloiber is the president of the Kloiber Foundation, which provided the necessary support to renovate the space.

Adolescent patients at Kentucky Children’s Hospital will have an assortment of cool gadgets in the Teen Lounge that addresses their needs for both fun escapism and intellectual exploration. The space features a giant screen for watching Apple TV or playing the newest video game consoles. Teens can experience virtual reality with a Meta Oculus 2 VR headset or control flying drones and programmable, app-enabled robots, or they can explore basic electrical engineering with a Snap Circuits set and experiment with newer tech like 3D printers and pens. Amenities include:

  • PlayStation 5
  • Xbox Series X
  • Nintendo Switch
  • art supplies
  • MakerBot 3D Printer
  • Nintendo Switch Lite (2)
  • Meta Quest 2
  • Sphero Robots
  • LEGO Education Kits
  • Tello Drones
  • 3D Doodlers
  • Snap Circuits
  • Apple TV

“We are incredibly grateful to the Kloiber Foundation for their generosity and support for this space. While the hospital already has colorful playrooms and activities for younger kids, the Teen Lounge provides adolescents with an environment where their maturity and need for independence is respected,” said Day.

Kentucky Children’s Hospital strives to provide for patients’ emotional, social, and psychological needs while they are undergoing treatment. Teens are at a crucial stage of growing up and need space to be themselves. In the Kloiber Foundation Teen Lounge, Kentucky Children’s Hospital now has a spot for that. Thanks to the Kloiber Foundation’s generous support, adolescent patients or siblings of patients can now use the new space to unwind and socialize with other teens.

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