Mid-Michigan hospital stars in episode of ‘Tanked’ - WNEM TV 5

Mid-Michigan hospital stars in episode of ‘Tanked’

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Kids at a Mid-Michigan hospital received the ultimate holiday gift from Animal Planet.

A 900-gallon, four-ton aquarium now sits in the lobby of Hurley Children’s Hospital in Flint. The tank was a gift from Alli Simpson and the team at the Animal Planet Show ‘Tanked.’

 “We are so excited and grateful to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and Animal Planet's TANKED team for gifting us with this amazing aquarium," said Melany Gavulic , RN, MBA, President and CEO, Hurley Medical Center. "It will provide relaxation and enjoyment for patients, visitors and staff alike.  Our youngest patients will recognize this as an extension of our under-the-sea theme in the rest of our pediatric areas. This tank is an expression of how proud we are to be a CMN Hospital."

The tank was installed at the end of November and was the focal point of the show’s one-hour season finale that aired on Friday, Dec. 16.

The cylindrical design features the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals balloons, along with the Flint Vehicle Arches and Longway Planetarium.

A special feature is the image of the “Paige fish” that many young patients learn about during their stay at the hospital.

The fish is named after 3-year-old Paige Rutter, who lost her battle with Stage IV Neuroblastoma in 2001. The girl’s parents, Andy and Sandi Rutter, still work at Hurley.

An inpatient playroom in the Pediatric Unit is also named after Paige. 

To watch the episode, click here

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