Renovation of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Through a collaborative effort by Perkins + Will and a team of Mount Sinai doctors, nurses and staff, the new PICU construction is now complete. Construction on the first phase of the project officially began on January 6, 2011 and was completed in the fall of 2012.
The renovation of the NICU will promptly follow the completion of the PICU. Naming opportunities for donors to the PICU and NICU are still available. If interested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Renovation of Pediatric Floors 4 and 5
Through the efforts of the board of the Mount Sinai Children's Center Foundation, two pediatric patient floors underwent a $2.2 million renovation in 2004. The new rooms, hallways and nurses stations are colorful, modern and cheerful and have immeasurably improved the environment for patients, their families and our medical staff.
Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Program
The Child Life Program at Mount Sinai, largely supported by the CCF, is one of the premiere aspects of the non-medical experience offered to our patients. The program consists of 12 full time staff who supervise 40 volunteers and 10 graduate interns and provides psychosocial support services in all ambulatory and inpatient settings for children at Mount Sinai. All of the staff are Master's educated in Child Life or a related educational field and are board certified by the Child Life Council.
The Child Life program provides the following services to hospitalized patients: extended playroom programming (evenings and weekends), KIDZONE TV closed circuit programming, Children and Healthcare Week, holiday parties, therapeutic "coping kits" in all treatment rooms (supplies for the year), annual bereavement ceremony and memory box kits, ceramics programming, music, art and pet assisted therapy programing.
On the first floor of 1184 Fifth Avenue, the Zone is a therapeutic and educational play environment for patients and families to learn, laugh, play and relax. This state-of the-art environment offers a range of activities and opportunities that meet the special needs of children coping with illness and hospitalization. Children must be medically cleared to enter the space.
Reach Out and Read Program
Reach Out and Read is an early childhood literacy program based in Mount Sinai's pediatric outpatient clinic. Volunteer readers in our waiting area read aloud to children as they wait for their appointments. Pediatricians counsel parents about the significance of reading with young children and at every routine check-up between the ages of 6 months and 6 years, patients receive a new, developmentally and culturally appropriate book from their doctor to take home.
Ashley Roessner, MHA