FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Rooms That Rock 4 Chemo Begins Twelve-Room Project at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center
Interior Design Begins January 28,
Concluding with Media Event at February 1 Completion
Los Angeles (January 28, 2015) –The Olive View-UCLA Medical Center, a 377-bed state-of-the-art hospital that serves much of the San Fernando Valley, and Rooms That Rock 4 Chemo (RTR4C), a San Francisco based nonprofit, are teaming up for renovations of the Olive View cancer treatment center, which includes twelve chemotherapy infusion rooms.
Interior renovations of the center will include the redesign of the twelve treatment rooms, a waiting room and a break room. The makeovers will be ongoing from Thursday January 28 until the evening of Sunday the 31st. A dedication is scheduled for Monday February 1 at 9:00 AM.
“We are excited to partner with Olive View-UCLA Medical Center to ‘rock’ our 17th infusion center,” said Nancy Ballard, founder of RTR4C. “This ambitious project is one of our largest, and will undoubtedly have a transformative effect on the patients who are treated – often for long periods of time – in these facilities and the caregivers who work in them. Our goal at RTR4C has remained simple from the start: create positive, healing and uplifting spaces. We look forward to the community efforts that will make this transformation possible at Olive View — and in just one weekend.”
Since 2011, RTR4C founder and artist Nancy Ballard, and hundreds of volunteers, have converted more than 110 rooms in 17 facilities into Rooms That Rock; all supported by 100% volunteer labor. With a team of artists and designers, RTR4C transforms unimaginative, often sterile hospital spaces into vibrant and peaceful environments for chemotherapy patients, their families, and caregivers.
“We are committed to the care and comfort of every patient we serve,” said HOSPITAL SPOKESPERSON/TITLE. “Our partnership with RTR4C for this project will have a very positive impact on the individuals and families who come to the Olive View-UCLA Medical Center for world-class care from our outstanding physicians, nurses and staff.”
The treatment rooms, waiting room and break room being renovated are designed by Kelly Sabella and Cora Sue Anthony. They will feature a Courage Wall, on which the volunteers, nurses and patients will stencil the word “courage” in the many languages of the community that is supported by Olive View.
Rooms that Rock 4 Chemo (RTR4C) is a nonprofit organization devoted to creating positive, healing and uplifting spaces that spiritually, emotionally and physically support those dealing with chemotherapy. In collaboration with interior designers, volunteers and local vendors, RTR4C transforms physical spaces in facilities providing chemotherapy. As the hospital environment changes from sterile and drab to healing, lovely and soothing, the positive impact of emotional well-being, comfort and hope in patients’ lives is monumental. The rooms provided by RTR4C are accomplished by working together with facility operators, volunteer professional designers, the local community and sponsors to create new physical surroundings for patients and their families. For more information, visit www.roomsthatrock4chemo.us
Media contact – Rooms That Rock 4 Chemo
Julie Chase, (415) 710-7108