The Brooklyn Hospital Center (TBHC) welcomed the Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation of Metro New York this past May 2005. During their visit, Starlight-Starbright had lunch with our administration and shared their vision and goals on how to collaborate and continue their support of The Child Life Program. The mission of the Foundation has remained the same: "Brightening the lives of seriously ill children and their families through innovative programs, services and research that empower, educate, entertain and inspire; never once forgetting that at the core of every serious childhood illness is a child."
Explained Maura Connelly, Director of The Child Life Program, "Over the years, Starlight-Starbright has provided many wonderful programs for TBHC's Pediatrics Department. We have the Barney Hospital Pals program, which educates and supports young children undergoing radiation therapy. We also have educational CD-ROMS to teach and educate patients about Sickle Cell Disease, diabetes and asthma, to name a few. Starlight-Starbright also provides a weekly clown show and a musician, and we have received numerous grants from them. One grant we received is being utilized for music therapy programming, such as bedside radios and musical instruments, and another has funded new television sets that have DVD players at every bedside, in addition to DVDs and PlayStation games. This Foundation has also provided us with tickets to various sporting events, such a Yankee games and Knicks games. All of these services, products and events are free of charge to our children and families, and at NO cost to the hospital."
Recently, Sharp Electronics Corporation and the New York Mets presented to the Child Life Program a new " Fun Center ", which features a flat screen TV, a DVD player and a video game system. "This new system joins the three we already have in use throughout the hospital, and the donation is worth approximately $4,000", according to Ms. Connelly. She added, "Kristen Riccardelli, one of the Child Life Specialists on our staff, attended the Mets game on Friday, May 13, 2005 to accept the donation on behalf of TBHC. Pedro Martinez represented the Mets, and presented Ms. Riccardelli with this generous donation."
Going forward, new signs will be placed throughout various pediatric areas for Starlight-Starbright that will simply read, "Smiles brought to you by Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation". These signs will be placed in the Pediatric Playroom, the Pediatric ED, the Children's Health Center , and Pediatrics Hematology/Oncology Department.
For more information on this organization, please visit: www.starlight-newyork.org For more information on the Child Life Program, please contact Maura Connelly , Director of Child Life at firstname.lastname@example.org or 718-250-8514