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Miss New York Makes a Special Stop at Cohen Children’s

Miss New York 2015, Jamie Lynn Macchia, visited with children at their bedsides and helped a group of young patients design their own pageant sashes. The Staten Island beauty queen’s platform is pediatric cancer and increasing federal funds for research in the fight against childhood cancers. Ms. Macchia will be competing for the Miss America 2016 title on Sept. 13 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The Miss America Organization has partnered with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to raise funds and awareness for children’s hospitals throughout the United States. Cohen Children’s Medical Center is the beneficiary of Children’s Miracle Network partners and programs for this area.

Cohen Children’s Medical Center Named “Hospital of the Month”

Cohen Children’s Medical Center’s work toward improving patient safety has earned it the Hospital of the Month designation for June 2015 by the Children’s Hospitals Solutions for Patient Safety.

Cohen Children’s Commit to Zero campaign has made significant progress toward eliminating hospital-acquired conditions by adhering to procedures that have been demonstrated to prevent harm. The areas of recognition include reducing harm to children caused by catheter-associated urinary tract infections, surgical site infections, central line infections, ventilator-associated pneumonias and pressure ulcers.

“We are proud to be recognized by the Children’s Hospitals Solutions for Patient Safety for our efforts in eliminating unintended harm that occurs in the course of patient treatment,” said Andrew Steele, MD, chief medical officer at Cohen Children’s. “This recognition would not have been possible without the extraordinary commitment and teamwork of all the care providers and employees at Cohen Children’s Medical Center.

“Importantly,” he added, “we view our selection as the Hospital of the Month as a reminder that our mutual efforts at Cohen Children’s and at other children’s hospitals is not about us, but about the patients and families who expect and deserve safe care and optimal outcomes.”

Children’s Medical Fund Center Provides Special MRI Equipment for Children

Cohen Children’s Medical Center is awaiting state approval to build a dedicated pediatric magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) suite on its fourth floor, allowing doctors to perform high-tech tests without having to send patients to nearby LIJ Medical Center.

 When completed, Cohen Children’s will have the only MRI machines in the area designated for children, thanks to funding from the Children’s Medical Fund. Because children are not simply small adults, having equipment and technology that is geared toward children means better care for kids.

“This is the latest step in our ongoing commitment to providing the best care possible for children,” said Kevin McGeachy, executive director at Cohen Children’s. “The new suite is designed for children, not adults, and will have amenities that will make children feel at ease during the procedure. An added bonus for the patients and their families is that they don’t need to leave Cohen Children’s.”

The two machines will be a complement to the low-dosage computed tomography (CT) scan machine located in Cohen Children’s Emergency Department.

The Children’s Medical Fund Center for Pediatric Diagnostic Studies will contain positive distractions for children undergoing an MRI through customized visual themes, such as the ability to select the color of the room and project videos onto the walls. Special MRI goggles will also allow children to watch movies during the examination.

An additional feature will include a mock scanner, which Child Life Specialists can use to prepare their young charges in advance of the exam and reduce anxiety.

Aside from two dedicated MRI machines, the center will also have space for five intake and recovery rooms as well as an Ultrasound-Guided Procedure Room.

The Children’s Medical Fund has provided support to Cohen Children’s for 45 years, and has funded several of its major pediatric programs and services.

“We are proud to have raised over $85 million in support of the many projects and programs at Cohen Children’s that have helped children who are very ill,” said Gina Segreti, executive director at Children’s Medical Fund.

“We are thankful for the support from the Children’s Medical Fund,” Mr. McGeachy said. “This kind of financial support helps us build on our foundation of excellent pediatric care.”

MRIs are an important tool used by clinicians and pediatric specialists to gain access to images of the brain, heart, skeletal system and virtually all other vital organs. This technology, which is radiation-free, is also useful in diagnosing and monitoring the status of ongoing treatment for cancers and other hematological conditions.

The completion of this center, expected in about 12 months, will provide maximum efficiency among all of the clinical divisions and ensure access to the best available pediatric care for children. Once fully operational, the center anticipates treating more than 4,500 patients each year. 

Subaru Shares the Love with Cohen Children’s

Grand Prix Subaru GM Dan Ross, owners Keith Donnelly and Joel and Randy Sporn, and the Subaru team gather with leaders from Cohen Children’s Medical Center to present a check for $56,523 raised through Subaru’s Share the Love event to support pediatric cancer research at the children’s hospital.

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