Dell, Inc. Grant Brings New Technology to Dell Children's Wellness Programs
AUSTIN, Texas - (June 6, 2012) - Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas , a member of the Seton Healthcare Family, is one of 24 organizations in the United States benefiting from a Dell, Inc. Powering the Possible technology and funding grant to support health and wellness among its young patients.
The $80,000 grant includes a donation of 65 Dell Streak 7 tablets which were recently introduced in the outpatient and inpatient settings at Dell Children's. Tablets used by the hospital's Texas Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity are pre-programmed with health games and wellness resource apps to empower children with health information and encourage them to take steps to improve their well being. For patients admitted in the hospital, games on the tablets help ease children's fears and anxieties.
"Incorporating Dell technology into our programs allows us to maximize every moment we have with out patients, to help them gain as much as possible from their clinic visit," said Dr. Stephen Pont, medical director, Dell Children's Texas Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity. "The Dell Streak 7 tablets offer a convenient resource for patients to access information on nutrition, exercise, and mental health- three important components in supporting healthy lifestyles. Patients and families in our weight management clinic have really enjoyed the tablets and the addition of this technology will help more patients engaged in health and wellness information."
Funding from the grant also helps expand the reach of Dell Children's health and wellness programs. Dr. Pont explains that "in the next phases of this project we plan to use technology developed through this grant to reach our patients between visits too."
Dell's Powering the Possible grant program aims to close the technology gap between the "haves" and "have nots" by placing Dell technology in underserved communities while working with non-profit organizations to teach information and technology skills to power lifelong learning.
Trisa Thompson, vice president of corporate responsibility at Dell, remarked, "Every child should have an opportunity to develop his or her potential through technology access. Our investment reflects our belief that non-profit organizations can identify and respond to the needs of their communities using technology. We know that we can change the lives of children who participate."
More than 20,000 young people in Texas, Washington DC, California, Illinois, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Tennessee, New Hampshire, Georgia and Florida have access to state-of-the-art technology as a result of Dell's Powering the Possible program.
To learn more, visit www.dell.com/giving.