Extreme Clinic Makeover 2009

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ABC’s Extreme Home Makeover & the Boston Bruins Foundation work with MitoAction for the makeover of the Tufts Medical Center Metabolism Clinic

July 2009, Boston MA

With the help of volunteer Deborah Wells, MitoAction is the proud recipient of a gift from ABC’s Extreme Home Makeover. In our version of “extreme clinic makeover”, we’ve been working with local affiliate WCVB and the Boston Bruins Foundation to give the metabolism clinic at Tufts Medical Center a facelift. Dr. Mark Korson’s clinic serves patients with mitochondrial disease from all over the U.S., and needed some TLC to become more patient-friendly, updated and comfortable. We think this has been a great opportunity to raise Mito awareness, AND help patients for years to come!

MitoAction & Extreme “Clinic” Makeover Project 09!

MitoAction & volunteer Deborah Wells take on Dr. Korson’s clinic at Tufts for an extreme clinic makeover project. Together with ABC’s local Boston affiliate…

The renovation kicked off in May and finished up this month.. Included in the makeover is artwork and memorabilia donated by the Boston Bruins Foundation and the Celtics Shamrock Foundation, a flat-screen TV and movie library for the waiting area donated by WCVB, and wall murals and a patient resource center donated by MitoAction. Volunteers donated books, hand-painted art for patient rooms, toys, movies and their energy to make this project a success!


May 15, 2009 Check Presentation! Boston, MA

Tufts Floating Hospital for Children Metabolism Clinic

from left to right: Mike Lynch, WCVB Sports Anchor; Deborah Wells (contest winner) & children, True and Bliss; Cristy Balcells, Executive Director, MitoAction; Margaret Klehm, Nurse Practitioner, Floating Hospital for Children; Laurie Demmer, MD, Chief, Division of Genetics, Floating Hospital; John Schreiber MD, Chairman of Pediatrics, Floating Hospital; Paul Harty, President, MitoAction


Hard to see here, but the walls were the color of mud, and there was little for patients, especially children, to do while waiting for their appointment. Patient resource materials were stashed behind the door or on bookcases, and the walls were relatively bare…


A community project – help from families and Boston organizations like the Boston Bruins Foundation, who believe that mitochondrial disease patients deserve a comfortable place while waiting for their appointment.


New flat screen TV, new canvas murals, new patient resource center, baskets, books, toys, and a brighter color paint on the walls!