Jun 16, 2017
A man in a suit and a woman in a red dress hold giant scissors to cut a red ribbon in a doorway surrounded by children.
Brooklyn, New York - 

A newly renovated pediatrics unit playroom was recently opened at NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital. The renovation was made possible by a grant from the enCourage Kids Foundation.

“I am thrilled to cut the ribbon and officially reopen the playroom in our pediatrics unit,” said Richard Liebowitz, M.D., president of NYP Brooklyn Methodist. “With the generous help of enCourage Kids, we can ensure that our young patients have the opportunity to play and have fun even while receiving inpatient care.”

The brightly decorated playroom has increased space for play, more organized storage for toys and activities, and is more appropriate for all ages and developmental stages. The space also has a tree on the wall where patients can leave a paint handprint, joining the community of other children who have received inpatient care at NYP Brooklyn Methodist Hospital. 

“Being able to offer our youngest patients a playroom like this is important,” said Gaby Marden, child life specialist at the Hospital. “The medical care that our pediatric physicians and nurses provide is superb, and this playroom offers us a space where children can interact with each other, helping them to cope better emotionally with hospitalization.”

 

Richard Liebowitz, M.D., president of NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, cuts the ribbon reopening the renovated playroom alongside Michele Hall-Duncan, executive director of the EnCourage Kids Foundation.
Richard Liebowitz, M.D., president of NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, cuts the ribbon reopening the renovated playroom alongside Michele Hall-Duncan, executive director of the EnCourage Kids Foundation.

NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital

Founded in 1881, NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital is a voluntary, acute-care teaching facility located in Brooklyn's Park Slope. It houses 591 licensed inpatient beds and provides services to some 42,000 inpatients each year. In addition, approximately 500,000 outpatient visits and services are logged annually. NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital offers specialized care in the following areas: advanced and minimally invasive surgery, advanced otolaryngology, asthma and lung disease, cancer care, cardiology and cardiac surgery, diabetes and other endocrine disorders, digestive and liver disorders, healthy aging, neurosciences, orthopedic medicine and surgery, vascular medicine and surgery and women's health. NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital is affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine and is a member of the NewYork-Presbyterian Regional Hospital Network.

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