Child’s Play Gets Boost with New Video Gaming Systems at Staten Island University Hospital

Staten Island University Hospital’s Jim Weller hands a video game controller to Ivonne Hernandez, 10, of Port Richmond, NY, while Laura Lauria, RN, a longtime hospital Board member, challenges Ivonne to a game.

“Video games give children the ability to escape the hospital walls and feel like kids again,” explained Jim Weller, project manager, Patient & Customer Experience at Staten Island University Hospital (SIUH)  Northwell Health. Last Friday, Mr. Weller hosted the unveiling of two video gaming systems designated for the hospital’s pediatric unit and the second for the children’s ambulatory cancer treatment service.

“Two years ago we began fundraising to purchase video game carts for our pediatric oncology patients,” Mr. Weller said. Charity Gaming, a not for profit organization, held a fundraiser at the hospital raising $4,000 to cover the cost of the first cart, and Laura Lauria, RN, a longtime hospital Board member and co-founder of Mark Lauria Associates, donated the second.

The carts, intended for children who come to the hospital’s cancer care services for treatments and youngsters admitted to the hospital’s pediatrics unit, come equipped with X-box and dozens of games for every age group.  

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