Brooklyn, NY (August 31, 2011) – New York Mets stars Ronny Paulino and Mike Nickeas brought smiles to the faces of dozens of young patients at the Maimonides Infants & Children’s Hospital during a special visit coordinated by the hospital’s Child Life team. The players, along with Mets mascot Mr. Met, posed for photos with the children, handed out baseball caps and signed autographs while making bedside visits.
“A visit from the Mets is a very welcome distraction for our young patients because it allows them to simply be kids and enjoy meeting and talking with their baseball heroes,” said Danielle Laraque, MD, Chair of Pediatrics and Vice President of the Maimonides Infants & Children’s Hospital. “We’re grateful to the New York Mets for making this special occasion possible.”
The Maimonides Child Life program acknowledges that hospitalization can be very frightening for children, adolescents and their family members. The program’s primary goal is to help support the emotional, social and developmental needs of children experiencing stress due to illness, hospitalization and medical treatment. Staff encourages positive coping strategies in children and families by offering education and preparation for medical procedures, as well as emotional support as they encounter the wide range of illness-related experiences that may occur in the hospital. The program also provides creative art therapies, therapeutic play and developmentally appropriate activities to help with the adjustments to hospitalization.
Now celebrating its Centennial, Maimonides Medical Center is among the largest independent teaching hospitals in the nation – training over 450 interns, residents and fellows annually. Widely recognized for its major achievements in advancing medical and information technology, Maimonides has 711 beds and over 70 subspecialty programs. For more information on the state-of-the-art clinical services at Maimonides Medical Center, visit www.maimonidesmed.org