enCourage Kids Foundation Donates $50,000, Making Hospitals a Better Place to Get Better
MANHATTAN, N.Y., December 16, 2022 (Newswire.com) - It was an exciting afternoon when Joe Wessely, Board Chair of enCourage Kids Foundation (EKF), presented a $50,000 check to Mount Sinai Kravis Children's Hospital in support of KidZone TV in memory of EKF's late CEO Michele Hall-Duncan. Diane Rode, Senior Director, Patient and Family Centered Care, and Dennis Charney, M.D., Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean of Icahn Mount Sinai and President for Academic Affairs of the Mount Sinai Health System, were on hand to receive the check and join in on the fun with the pediatric patients.
The gift was given through EKF's Jay Anderson Pediatric Hospital Support Fund, which funds projects in pediatric facilities that would otherwise not be funded through hospital budgets.
"On behalf of EKF, it was such a pleasure to donate $50,000 in Michele's honor to KidZone TV, a state-of-the-art interactive production and broadcast studio offering live and pre-recorded programming for viewing within the hospital. We are grateful for their hard work and long-term partnership," stated Joe Wessely.
"Mount Sinai Kravis Children's Hospital is enormously grateful to EKF for their generous support and presence in our mission to humanize healthcare for our children and families. For over 30 years, EKF has been at the forefront nationally of responding to the needs of child life programs and services for pediatric patients. We dedicate this generous gift in memory of the life's work of Michele Hall-Duncan and her formative leadership with this dynamic and innovative organization," said Diane Rode.
Special guest and EKF ambassador, WABC Sports Anchor Ryan Field, played sports trivia alongside Dr. Charney, and brought smiles to the patients who played and asked sports questions from their bedsides.
"It was such a fun afternoon playing sports trivia with the patients and their families at KZTV Studio. I'm honored to work with EKF and proud of their generous donation today. I look forward to the next time that I can test my sports knowledge and put a smile on the faces of hospitalized children," said Ryan Field.
"KidZone TV Studio was filled with laughter and excitement as our patients and families enjoyed an afternoon of fun with EKF and Ryan Field! We feel so fortunate to have EKF as a partner," stated Morgan Stojanowski, Director, Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy.
About enCourage Kids Foundation
Since 1985, EKF has helped humanize healthcare for children and their families by resourcing impact-driven pediatric programs and supporting the child life community. Serving nearly one million children annually, our programs offer relief from the constant burden of treatment, hospital stays, and doctor appointments while also helping pediatric facilities meet the unique needs of their patients. EKF envisions a world where every child — regardless of the difficulty of their medical journey — experiences joy, hope, resilience, and healing. www.encourage-kids.org
About the Mount Sinai Health System
Mount Sinai Health System is one of the largest academic medical systems in the NY metro area, with more than 43,000 employees working across eight hospitals, including Mount Sinai Kravis Children's Hospital, over 400 outpatient practices, over 300 labs, a school of nursing, and a leading school of medicine and graduate education. Mount Sinai Kravis Children's Hospital offers the most advanced diagnostics, treatments, and technologies available in every area of pediatrics because the health and care of your child is our first priority. Mount Sinai advances health for all people, everywhere, by taking on the most complex healthcare challenges of our time — discovering and applying new scientific learning and knowledge; developing safer, more effective treatments; educating the next generation of medical leaders and innovators; and supporting local communities by delivering high-quality care to all who need it. https://www.mountsinai.org
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Source: enCourage Kids Foundation