• Press Release

Celebrating 10 Years of the Child Life Zone at the Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai

  • New York, NY
  • (February 01, 2016)

The Child Life Zone at the Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai, also known as “The Zone,” is celebrating its tenth anniversary. The Zone is an innovative therapeutic and educational environment for patients and their families, providing Mount Sinai’s pediatric patients with celebrity visitors and a number of special programs.

A state-of-the-art, in-house television studio called KidZone TV, or KZTV, is a main aspect of The Zone. KZTV broadcasts original and interactive live and pre-recorded programming to patient rooms on a dedicated television channel. Patients who are well enough can participate either behind or in front of the camera. Those who must stay in their rooms or treatment areas can watch KZTV on their televisions and call in to the studio via an on-air phone line. Along with game shows, KZTV often hosts special visiting guests, including celebrity performers and athletes who take part in question-and-answer sessions with patients.

In addition to the KZTV studio, The Zone offers other activities and spaces, including a movie theater, a library, a recreation and game room with crafts areas, and a special quiet room where patients and families can relax on their own or with the aid of meditation specialists or therapists.

“Being in the hospital, whether as an inpatient or outpatient, can be difficult and overwhelming for a child,” said Lisa M. Satlin, MD, System Chair of Pediatrics for the Mount Sinai Health System and Pediatrician-in-Chief of the Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai.  “We are delighted that we can give all of our patients a chance to have fun, even though they’re in the hospital.”

The Child Life Zone at the Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai is the first facility of its kind in the Northeast. It was opened in 2006 in partnership with the Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation. Since then, The Zone at the Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai has continued to work closely with Teammates for Kids. The Zone has also formed relationships with other organizations which have helped continue to bring new, original programming and celebrity guests to The Zone.

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of therapeutic programming and to honor the patients and families they serve, The Zone at the Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai has arranged a full week of celebrations for patients, including:

  • Wednesday, February 3
    • Actor Dexter Darden of The Maze Runner series will be hosting a live show on KidZone TV in collaboration with The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp’s Hospital Outreach Program.
  • Friday, February 5
    • RL Stine, author of the Goosebumps book series, will be appearing on KidZone TV in collaboration with Project Sunshine.

“We are so thankful for the many wonderful individuals and organizations who have teamed up with us over the past decade to make The Zone at the Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai as successful as it has been,” said Diane Rode, Director of Child Life at the Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai. “As we mark our tenth anniversary, we look forward to seeing what the next 10 years will bring.”

Other people and organizations participating in the celebrations throughout the week include Raviv Ullman, Temple Emanue-El, Yura on Madison, The Little Mermen with Musicians on Call, Lollipop Theater Network, Blick Art Materials, the NY Sharks, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The EnCourage Kids Foundation and The Mount Sinai Children’s Center Foundation contribute vital funding to The Zone.

About the Mount Sinai Health System

Mount Sinai Health System is one of the largest academic medical systems in the New York metro area, with more than 43,000 employees working across eight hospitals, over 400 outpatient practices, nearly 300 labs, a school of nursing, and a leading school of medicine and graduate education. Mount Sinai advances health for all people, everywhere, by taking on the most complex health care 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.

Through the integration of its hospitals, labs, and schools, Mount Sinai offers comprehensive health care solutions from birth through geriatrics, leveraging innovative approaches such as artificial intelligence and informatics while keeping patients’ medical and emotional needs at the center of all treatment. The Health System includes approximately 7,300 primary and specialty care physicians; 13 joint-venture outpatient surgery centers throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida; and more than 30 affiliated community health centers. We are consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals, receiving high "Honor Roll" status, and are highly ranked: No. 1 in Geriatrics and top 20 in Cardiology/Heart Surgery, Diabetes/Endocrinology, Gastroenterology/GI Surgery, Neurology/Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Pulmonology/Lung Surgery, Rehabilitation, and Urology. New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is ranked No. 12 in Ophthalmology. U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Children’s Hospitals” ranks Mount Sinai Kravis Children's Hospital among the country’s best in several pediatric specialties. The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is one of three medical schools that have earned distinction by multiple indicators: It is consistently ranked in the top 20 by U.S. News & World Report's "Best Medical Schools," aligned with a U.S. News & World Report "Honor Roll" Hospital, and top 20 in the nation for National Institutes of Health funding and top 5 in the nation for numerous basic and clinical research areas. Newsweek’s “The World’s Best Smart Hospitals” ranks The Mount Sinai Hospital as No. 1 in New York and in the top five globally, and Mount Sinai Morningside in the top 20 globally.

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