On September 16th, 2013, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center (MFCH) unveiled three patient rooms in it Arts Neighborhood which were recently named in honor of Pediatric Cancer Foundation (PCF).
Founded in 1970, PCF is a charitable non-profit organization that supports the work of world-renowned doctors at several New York area hospitals by raising money for pediatric oncology research, treatment, state-of-the-art equipment, and patient/parent care. In alignment with its mission, PCF has supported Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital with over $700,000 since the hospital’s founding in 2004. These funds have enabled the hospital to operate pediatric oncology infusion labs, as well as conduct complimentary therapy programs which have benefitted more than 5,000 young cancer patients in New York’s Hudson Valley over the years.
Present at the unveiling were Andy LaGuardia – Director of Communications at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, Alison Freed – Interim Senior Director of Fund Development at the Children’s Hospital Foundation at Westchester Medical Center (CHF), and Ursula N. Embola – Director of Corporate & Foundation Giving at CHF. Mr. LaGuardia acknowledged the generosity of PCF over the years and outlined the impact that PCF’s gifts have had on the young cancer patients served by Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital.
The unveiling followed the first meeting of PCF’s Board of Directors for the 2013-2014 fiscal year, which was hosted by the hospital. Board members were escorted from the Westchester Medical Center conference room in which their meeting was held to Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital. After a brief welcome offered by Mr. LaGuardia and Ms. Freed, board members and hospital staff were photographed in the main lobby of the Children’s Hospital before being escorted upstairs to the Arts Neighborhood (where pediatric oncology patients are housed). Members were then escorted into the neighborhood in small groups to view and be photographed outside the named rooms.
“We love visiting Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital and feeling that we are part of a cause that touches all of our hearts,” said Cheryl Rosen – PCF’s President – following the unveiling. “It was truly our privilege and pleasure to have our first board meeting of the year at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, and to be rewarded with the lovely signage the hospital provided for us,” said Judith A. Elkins, PCF’s Medical Liaison.
Recognized as a leader in pediatric care, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital operates under a “family-centered care” approach to treating children. This philosophy involves parents, siblings and family members in every step of a child’s treatment, and is provided in a state-of-the-art building designed specifically from the point of view of children and their families. The hospital’s philosophy is that family-centered care and active family involvement create an environment especially suited to enable medical specialists to provide the most advanced care to their patients, and to facilitate the healing process – regardless of the illness.
With the support of organizations like PCF, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital is able to provide non-clinical programs that are designed to meet patient and family needs and further enhance the healing process. PCF currently funds the hospital’s Pediatric Oncology Nutrition and Integrative Medicine Program, a highly valued and successful initiative that supplements conventional cancer treatment with nutritional counseling, massage therapy and guided imagery.