Mount Sinai Children's Center Foundation Celebrates 25th Anniversary Big Apple Circus Benefit

The Mount Sinai Foundation hosted its 25th anniversary Big Apple Circus Benefit for a sold out crowd of 1,400 people.

New York
 – November 14, 2011 /Press Release/  –– 

The Mount Sinai Children’s Center Foundation (CCF) hosted its 25th anniversary Big Apple Circus Benefit on Monday, November 13 for a sold out crowd of 1,400 people. Since 1986, the annual event has raised more than $14 million that has been used to help fund renovations in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, now underway, as well as ground-breaking therapies in the Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department, and other projects within the Department of Pediatrics at the Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital. The event raised approximately $1 million.

Renovation of the Kravis Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2012, will create a family-friendly facility for the hospital’s most critically ill pediatric patients. The 15-bed unit will feature cutting-edge technology and services that will be designed to integrate the parents as a part of the medical team.

Funding from the CCF, a non-profit board of philanthropists, has supported the Department of Pediatrics’ research efforts in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of childhood diseases including food allergies, kidney and liver diseases, and congenital heart defects. Contributions also have enabled The Mount Sinai Kravis Children's Hospital to address the psychosocial needs of children during hospitalization by providing some of the comforts of home, including comfortable rooms and child-friendly live television programming, as well as offering abundant creative arts therapies and social gatherings with fellow patients. Through play, art, reading, and school, children can engage in normal developmental and age-specific activities, thereby minimizing the emotional and physical impact of illness and hospitalization.

"The Big Apple Circus benefit and the wonderful philanthropy that flows from this annual event allows us to do the little things that make a big difference in the lives of our patients and their families," said Ian Holzman, MD, Chief of Newborn Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and CCF Board Member. "Because of this funding we can help defray the cost of transportation for some of our less well off families, host a biannual reunion where families get to see nurses and doctors who cared for their babies, and help families who have lost an infant appreciate the photographs we supply. Each need is small but when added up they are bigger than the biggest ‘Big Top’!"

The Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department also staffs The Zone, a 3,000 square-foot high-tech therapeutic and educational play environment for pediatric patients and their families that features the first live, interactive broadcast studio in a children's hospital, a lounge, theatre, family resource center, teen area, full kitchen and performing space.

"I think the CCF’s greatest accomplishment over the past 26 years has been its deep and abiding commitment to supporting efforts to treat the whole child and family in our health care environment," said Diane Rode, MPS, CCLS, LCAT, Director of the Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department at Mount Sinai Kravis Children's Hospital. "They have taken the adage that children need more than medicine to get well to heart and have demonstrated remarkable vision and a steadfast commitment to excellence in pediatric health care."

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