Expert quilter Lee Ebs visited the Pediatrics Playroom at Mount Sinai Beth Israel on Tuesday, January 20, with dozens of donated baby blankets made by members of Empire Quilters, a nonprofit organization in New York City that is comprised of dedicated quilters. Marcia Graham, CCLS, Senior Child Life Specialist, Mount Sinai Beth Israel Pediatrics, was on hand to accept the colorful blankets and incubator covers that will be used by pediatric patients and premature babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). “Patients and their parents greatly appreciate these quilts and covers,” says Ms. Graham. “Their colors and designs brighten the look of the child’s room and the NICU, taking away the institutional feel. They definitely add a child-friendly touch.”
It was an evening of cocktails, dinner, dancing, and celebration at the Beth Israel 2013 Second Century Ball, held on Wednesday, November 13, at the Waldorf Astoria New York. More than 850 leaders, physicians, nurses, staff, and friends of the Beth Israel Medical Center gathered to support Beth Israel’s innovative clinical, research, and educational programs. The event raised $1.75 million to expand those initiatives and train the next generation of physicians. Beth Israel Medical Center Trustee Frank J. Bisignano and his wife, Tracy, served as this year’s Dinner Chairs.
The Mount Sinai Children’s Center Foundation (CCF) hosted its 26th annual Big Apple Circus benefit in November, raising more than $735,000 to support the Department of Pediatrics at the Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai.
Over the years, the benefit has raised more than $14.7 million for the Department of Pediatrics. The proceeds have been used to renovate the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and undertake current renovations in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
Each year, children who attend the benefit receive a backpack loaded with donated products such as books, DVDs, stuffed animals, and toy trucks. This year, the CCF donated 100 extra backpacks to children living in two Brooklyn communities devastated by Hurricane Sandy, Gerritsen Beach and Sheepshead Bay.