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Aug 02

Advocate BroMenn Medical Center makes healthy happen, joins ‘Healthy Me!’ exhibit

Posted on August 2, 2019 at 9:26 AM by Wendy Long

Normal, IL –  The Power of Play received a healthy dose of support this summer as Advocate BroMenn Medical Center announced plans to support the Children’s Discovery Museum’s future medical exhibit, Healthy Me!, which is scheduled to open in August of 2020.  
“A significant sponsorship from Advocate BroMenn Medical Center means a lot to this project,” said Beth Whisman, Executive Director of the Children’s Discovery Museum and the Town of Normal Cultural Arts Department. “Not only does this move us toward our fundraising goal, it also reinforces the long-term relationship the museum and hospital have maintained for exhibits, programs, and events.” 
Healthy Me! will replace the current Kid’s Medical Center that opened in 2004 when the CDM relocated to Uptown Normal. The museum welcomed its 2 millionth visitor on June 26, 2019, highlighting the high traffic of visitors the medical exhibit has endured over 15 years. 
“We’re lucky the annual Doctors in Concert fundraiser has been able to keep the existing space in good condition over the years,” Whisman added. “We’ll have to keep that type of activity going for future maintenance, but now is the time for a complete overhaul and having our local hospitals on the team is making a big difference.”   
Multiple healthcare experts from the region will join the CDM exhibit team this fall to begin the final design plan for Healthy Me!. Their challenge will be to integrate current and future health goals and practices into an engaging play space.  
“Our purpose is to help people live well  - and educating young children about their health and wellness is a key element to that,” said Colleen Kannaday, president of Advocate BroMenn Medical Center. “We are blessed to have a facility like the Children’s Discovery Museum in our community and we are excited to be a partner in what will be a wonderful, new exhibit.” 
The Children’s Discovery Museum Foundation has been securing funds for the 1,000 square foot exhibit and expects to reach its $350,000 goal this summer.  Healthy Me! will be located on the first floor of the museum with two gallery spaces that explore personal and community wellness.  Exhibit components will introduce different areas of medicine, explore innovations in technology, and offer a rich role-playing environment. 
The Children’s Discovery Museum Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that supports the mission and vision of the Children’s Discovery Museum through raising funds and awareness in the community.