Here’s a nice little tidbit about using games in hospital pediatrics units:
Those games that make time “just fly by” in my world also help hospitalized children manage the pain (and boredom!) of long stays.
Get-Well Gamers and Child’s Play charities operate throughout the country, providing consoles and games to children in long-term hospital-stay situations. They need donations, especially age-appropriate games, so check out the article at Joystiq and consider donating items you no longer play.