BROOKLYN, NY (January 26, 2010)--NETS players Chris Douglas-Roberts and Terrence Williams joined NETS mascot Sly and Denise Shearer, Manager of Special Events at EmblemHealth, to cheer up pediatric patients at The Brooklyn Hospital Center. During the visit, the players read Curious George Goes to School by Margret and H.A. Rey. The players gave autographs and, together with Ms. Shearer and Sly, posed for pictures, and handed out toys provided by EmblemHealth and the NETS.
“We are delighted to be able to bring some cheer to the pediatric patients at The Brooklyn Hospital Center,” said EmblemHealth President and COO Frank Branchini. “The NETS players are inspiring role models for children of all ages, especially for these children who face medical challenges.”
“We appreciate teaming with our partner EmblemHealth to provide an enjoyable and memorable experience for the children at The Brooklyn Hospital Center,” said NETS Vice President of Community Relations Petra Pope. “As our move to Brooklyn draws closer we continue our goal to build a significant community presence in the borough and to introduce more Brooklynites to their future team.”
“This is a wonderful day for our pediatrics patients,” said Kenneth Bromberg, M.D., FAAP, Chairman of Pediatrics at The Brooklyn Hospital Center. “We are thrilled to welcome the NETS and EmblemHealth to The Brooklyn Hospital Center.”
EmblemHealth, Inc., through its companies including Group Health Incorporated (GHI) and HIP Health Plan of New York (HIP), serves 3.4 million people and provides affordable, quality health care coverage through a range of attractive options. Members have a choice of networks, including access to over 106,000 quality doctors and other health care professionals and most of the leading hospitals across the tristate region. For more information, visit www.emblemhealth.com.
The Brooklyn Hospital Center:
Founded as the borough’s first voluntary hospital, The Brooklyn Hospital Center (TBHC) has been keeping Brooklyn healthy since 1845. Today, it is a 653-bed teaching hospital, offering basic and specialized medical care, sophisticated diagnostic and therapeutic services, cutting-edge technology, and specialized surgery to over 500,000 patients annually. Located in the heart of Brooklyn’s downtown revitalization district, TBHC is a part of the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System and the Brooklyn academic and clinical affiliate of Weill Medical College of Cornell University. TBHC has fully accredited, independent residency programs in Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Family Practice, General Dentistry and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and trains more than 250 physicians each year. For more information, visit www.tbh.org.