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2010 Press Releases

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Teddy Bear Donation Brings Joy to Pediatric Patients at Englewood Hospital

Starlight Children’s Foundation “Send a Smile, Send a Bear” Program Distributes Bears to Seriously Ill Children at Local Hospitals

Four-year old Natsai Bhoroma of Fort Lee, NJ hugs her Teddy Bear “friend.” Fifty teddy bears were donated by the Starlight Children’s Foundation to the Child Life Program at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center.

Englewood, NJ October 6, 2010 – Englewood Hospital and Medical Center (englewoodhospital.com) welcomed the arrival of 50 sweet little teddy bears, courtesy of the Starlight Children’s Foundation NY*NJ*CT. The donation is part of the Foundation’s “Send a Smile, Send a Bear” Program which distributes these lovable toys to seriously ill children. The Child Life Department at Englewood Hospital will distribute the teddy bears to children in the pediatric unit.

“We are proud to partner with the Starlight Children’s Foundation,” said Michelle Brauntuch, MS, Certified Child Life Specialist at Englewood Hospital. “Their ongoing support helps us brighten spirits and makes the hospital experience less stressful for children and families.” 

The teddy bears provide a welcome distraction from the stress and fear that children experience while hospitalized.  All community members are encouraged to participate and “Send a Smile, Send a Bear” to a seriously ill child in their area.  For each donation of $25, the Starlight Children’s Foundation will distribute the bears and to children in hospitals across New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

“For eight years, the Starlight Children’s Foundation has been brightening smiles with our teddy bear program,” said Elaine Siver, Executive Director of the Starlight Children’s Foundation. “It’s extremely difficult for children to be in the hospital and keep high spirits.  This program really boosts their strength and provides the opportunity for the community to participate and help them through what would otherwise be a difficult time.” 

The teddy bear program is offered year round. They can be ordered online at www.starlight-newyork.org

About Englewood Hospital and Medical Center
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center provides patients with the highest level of compassionate care through a broad range of state-of-the-art clinical programs and the most advanced treatments and diagnostic services. It is renowned for its bloodless medicine and surgery program, cardiac and vascular programs and its leadership in breast care, oncology and joint replacement services. Through its affiliation with the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Mount Sinai Consortium for Graduate Medical Education, this thriving, acute-care and community teaching hospital trains medical residents in a variety of disciplines, including internal medicine, critical care medicine, surgery, pediatrics, podiatry, and pathology.  Englewood Hospital is home to a Vascular Fellowship Program that has trained a generation of world-class vascular surgeons.  Additionally, many members of the medical staff at Englewood Hospital serve as faculty members at Mount Sinai. Englewood Hospital has earned numerous accreditations from the Joint Commission and other organizations and is among the six percent of hospitals nationwide honored with the prestigious Magnet nursing award, a distinction that has been earned twice by its nursing staff.