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Play Area Unveiled for New Fargo Sanford Children's Hospital

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FARGO, N.D. - Design plans are now unveiled for Cully's Kids Cabin, which will be the play area at the Children's Hospital to be located at the new Sanford Fargo Medical Center.

The play area will include child life specialists, play and relaxation areas, an arts and crafts area, a kitchen projects and nutrition area, a teen space, a toddler play space, alternative therapy space for immune-compromised patients, an all-star hockey shootout area, a video and interactive area and a green screen to create digital projects.

Cully's Kids Cabin is possible because of the $1 million donation from the Cullen Childrens Foundation in 2012. The nonprofit organization was started by Matt and Bridget Cullen. The donation will go toward the construction costs for the 3,000 square food space, furniture, fixtures and equipment. The current Children's Hospital play area is 525 feet, making the new space significantly bigger.

"We are so grateful for the generous donation and continuous support from the Cullen Children's Foundation. This space will be such an amazing retreat for the kids at Sanford Children's Hospital," said Chris Tiongson, M.D., of Sanford Health.

Cully's Kids Cabin, which received its name due to its cabin-like design reminiscent of the North Dakota and Minnesota outdoors, will also boast a strong hockey theme influenced by 'Matt Cullens career in hockey. A former Minnesota Wild hockey player, Matt now plays for the Nashville Predators.

"Our goal has always been to help better the lives of children with health issues. We are honored to leave our legacy here at home for the children in our community," said Matt Cullen.

The Cullens noted that their goal was to develop a space "where kids can just be kids."

"If we help bring smiles to children's faces, we've succeeded in our goal. This will be a place where kids can simply have fun without worrying about needles or medication; it'll just be fun," said Bridget Cullen.

Cully's Kids Cabin will be located in the new Sanford Fargo Medical Center, which is under construction just along I-94 east of Veteran's Boulevard. Construction is set to be completed by late 2016, which the first patients being seen in 2017.

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