The youngest patients at Cohen Children’s Medical Center can now undergo testing in a suite designed with them in mind, from the immersive space motif to the use of advanced 3D magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines specifically dedicated to children.
The Children’s Medical Fund Center for Diagnostic Studies, located on the fourth floor of the new pavilion at Cohen’s, was conceived to make the ordeal of testing a unique and wondrous experience instead of an anxiety-ridden event. The NASA-themed suite features two MRI machines along with special goggles so children can watch movies during the examination. There’s also a mock scanner to help child life specialists prep patients before an exam and quell any apprehension.
The Children’s Medical Fund of New York made the 5,500-square-foot MRI center possible with a $10 million donation, continuing its 50-year philanthropic relationship with the health system. The diagnostic center began accepting patients at the end of March.
“We are very proud to have funded the Children’s Medical Fund Center for Diagnostic Studies at Cohen Children’s Medical Center,” said David Blumenfeld, Children’s Medical Fund’s Chairman. “We knew that the CMF Center would be tremendously important to patients and families and we could not be more pleased to help Cohen Children’s offer state-of-the-art diagnostic services.”
The new suite expects to handle more than 4,500 pediatric cases each year, bringing diagnostic services under one roof. Patients will no longer need to be tested next door at Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center.
The Children’s Medical Fund Center for Diagnostic Studies is open Monday-Friday from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. To make an appointment, please call 718-470-3750.
About Cohen Children’s Medical Center
Opened in 1983, Cohen Children’s Medical Center (CCMC) is home to about 675 pediatricians, including 200 full-time physicians, and a total workforce of more than 1,200, including more than 500 nurses. For the tenth consecutive year in 2016, CCMC was ranked among the best children’s hospitals in the nation in U.S. News & World Report's 2015-16 “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals” survey.
About Children’s Medical Fund of New York
Children’s Medical Fund of New York (CMFNY) is the charitable organization dedicated to raising funds for Steven & Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York. To date, CMFNY has donated over $87 million to CCMC and remains one of the single largest supporters of this nationally ranked hospital. Our mission is to help build, equip and secure ongoing funding for programs that are vital to the needs of critically ill children and their families.