NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi today hosted the grand opening of a beautiful new play yard adjacent to its pediatric outpatient clinic. The opening represents the transformation of 7,000 square feet of vacant space into a fun and exciting play area for children and their parents as they await their appointments. The renovation was possible through the generous assistance of The Taft Foundation, which provided $400,000 to NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi to serve Bronx children.
Two years ago, providers at NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi approached The Taft Foundation about assisting in transforming the vacant outdoor space so it could better serve patients at the facility. As the Bronx continues to grapple with high rates of obesity and diabetes, exercise and healthy habits are critically important to reinforce. Medical providers envisioned this area, located a few feet away from the hospital’s pediatric outpatient clinic, as a place where children could exercise and enjoy themselves while waiting to see their doctor.
Features include a large pirate ship complete with nautical accessories, such as waves, rideable dolphins, and sea turtles. Nautical-themed musical elements include a xylophone stingray and pylons that form drums. The set itself was developed by Studio DB and Vomar Construction.
“This investment in our facility represents the perfect public-private partnership for our patients,” said Chris Mastromano, chief executive officer of NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi. “We can’t thank The Taft Foundation enough for their generous contribution. It is already putting big smiles on the faces of our smallest patients.”
“This playground equipment is not only great fun, but it can help medical providers reinforce the importance of exercise and physical activity for our pediatric patients,” said Dr. William Caspe, chairman of the hospital’s Pediatrics Department. “The Taft Foundation’s investment in our playground facility helps us do exactly that.”
“NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi offers essential health care to thousands of New Yorkers, and The Taft Foundation is thrilled that the overall family experience is now significantly enhanced with the addition of this exciting and creative outdoor play space, bringing children joy and having a positive impact on their health and wellness,” said Nina Bershadker, executive director of The Taft Foundation.
Those interested in making an appointment at the pediatric outpatient clinic should call 718-918-5000.
Contact:John Doyle, NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi, 718-918-4055, 917-553-4642
About NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi
NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi is a 457-bed teaching hospital affiliated with the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. The facility holds numerous center of excellence designations for its renowned trauma center, burn center, regional stroke center, regional perinatal center, breast health center and bariatric surgery service. The facility also has a multi-person hyperbaric unit and a surgical intensive care unit. NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi’s Ambulatory Care Pavilion is a stunning complement to its recently constructed inpatient facility and allows staff to provide patients with high-quality care in a modern, state-of-the-art environment. For more information visit www.nychealthandhospitals.org/jacobi.
About NYC Health + Hospitals
NYC Health + Hospitals is the largest public health care system in the nation serving more than a million New Yorkers annually in more than 70 patient care locations across the city’s five boroughs. A robust network of outpatient, neighborhood-based primary and specialty care centers anchors care coordination with the system’s trauma centers, nursing homes, post-acute care centers, home care agency, and MetroPlus health plan—all supported by 11 essential hospitals. Its diverse workforce of more than 42,000 employees is uniquely focused on empowering New Yorkers, without exception, to live the healthiest life possible. For more information, visit www.nychealthandhospitals.org and stay connected on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NYCHealthSystem or Twitter at @NYCHealthSystem.
About The Taft Foundation
The Taft Foundation was established by Don Taft, a businessman and philanthropic leader in Broward County Florida in 2004. The Taft Foundation seeks to continue Don Taft’s legacy by helping to improve the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and children with serious medical conditions, primarily in Florida and New York. The Taft Foundation aspires to utilize a creative, strategic and disciplined grant-making approach and to invest in organizations that promote social innovation.