2011-03-09 / Features

Children’s Foundation Unveils ‘Care Room’ At Elmhurst Hospital


(L. to r.); Executive Director of Starlight Children’s Foundation Elaine Siver, IICF Grants Committee Mary Jane Bensick, Executive Director of IICF Betsy Myatt, IICF Board Member Jim D’Onofrio, CCLS, LCAT, Child Life Program Coordinator Queens Health Network Meredith R. Farrell and IICF Grants Committee Judy Robinson in the new Care Room at Elmhurst Hospital Center. (L. to r.); Executive Director of Starlight Children’s Foundation Elaine Siver, IICF Grants Committee Mary Jane Bensick, Executive Director of IICF Betsy Myatt, IICF Board Member Jim D’Onofrio, CCLS, LCAT, Child Life Program Coordinator Queens Health Network Meredith R. Farrell and IICF Grants Committee Judy Robinson in the new Care Room at Elmhurst Hospital Center. The Starlight Children’s Foundation and the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) unveiled its Starlight Site Care Room at Elmhurst Hospital Center on March 3. The new care room is designed with a park theme that features colorful trees and kites on the walls, vibrant floor tiles and an inviting feel that will help calm children’s fears, distract them from their pain and engage them in the treatment process. Funding for the room was made available through a grant from IICF.

Many seriously ill children undergo procedures in hospital treatment rooms and it is often in these rooms where some of a child’s most difficult and painful experiences occur. The rooms can sometimes seem intimidating and Starlight Children’s Foundation seeks to address this issue by renovating treatment rooms in hospitals across the tri-state area.

There are currently nine of these care rooms in six hospitals across the tri-state area.

Representatives from the hospital, Starlight Children’s Foundation and children undergoing treatment at the hospital who will benefit from the room were on hand at the unveiling.

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