The Children´s Hospital of Georgia
The Children's Hospital of Georgia is the area's only childrens hospital, dedicated to serving the health care needs of children, from newborns to teenagers. As a part of an academic medical center, we are at the forefront of medicine, conducting the research that advances pediatric medicine and bringing the treatments and technologies of tomorrow to patient care today. Our team of pediatric specialists -- the largest number in the area -- uses their expertise and training to treat everything from common childhood illnesses to life-threatening conditions.
We recognize the importance of family involvement in a childs healing process. That's why we embrace a philosophy of Patient Family Centered Care. Our staff -- from pediatric physicians and nurses to child life specialists and on-site teachers -- are specially trained to meet the needs of children and to work closely with their families, making sure they are kept fully informed and are involved in every aspect of their child's care.
Camp Strong Heart
Camp Strong Heart is a two-day overnight summer camp for children and adolescents between the ages of five to 17 who have been diagnosed with cardiac related diagnoses and are treated at Children's Hospital of Georgia pediatric heart services. The goal of camp is to provide children and adolescents with heart conditions the opportunity to participate in normal childhood activities in a summer camp setting. It also provides parents a break from caring for a child with chronic illness. They can be assured their child is safe, cared for and having fun in a safe environment.
At Camp Strong Heart the main focus is taken off the child's medical needs, and placed instead on the psychosocial and developmental needs. Campers are offered the excitement and fun of traditional summer camp activities. Campers can challenge themselves at a climbing wall, learn to do archery and kayak along the beautiful lakes. They are also offered the unique advantage of being in a safe environment cared for by staff that is responsive to their special medical needs. Campers are also taken care of by experienced volunteer counselors who are there to help build their self-esteem and guide them into becoming confident young adults. Campers enjoy a weekend packed full of fun and adventure while learning that they are not alone in their fight against heart disease.
Camp Strong Heart is held at the beautiful facilities of Camp Twin Lakes in Rutledge, Georgia. Camp Twin Lakes gives children a deeper understanding of nature and allows them to share the joys of an outdoor setting that is comfortable and secure. Campers are encouraged to explore a variety of interests and activities including swimming, arts and crafts, archery, boating, biking and a multitude of sports activities. Camp Strong Heart is an opportunity for children to create memories and friendships that will last a lifetime. Most importantly, it is a time for kids to just be kids!