Middletown, NY- On August 20, 2013, 15 children, between the ages of two and seven, visited Orange Regional Medical Center to donate nearly $200 to the “Pennies for Peds” initiative. The initiative is part of the Orange Regional Foundation’s Lend A Hand For Kids Capital Campaign.
Students from the Learning Land Day Care, of Chester, worked together to collect the pennies to benefit Orange Regional’s New Pediatric Center. They began their collection in May, filling up two buckets.
During their visit, the students were given the opportunity to create drawings for young patients currently being treated in the Hospital, while Hospital staff explained how a pediatric center works and how their donation helps. Orange Regional’s Lend A Hand For Kids Capital Campaign Mascot, Hudson also made an appearance.
“Our goal in raising funds for the new Pediatric Center is to create the best healthcare experience for our smallest patients and families when they need it most. The creation of the Center will take place in phases starting with our new pediatric emergency room,” said Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation President Christine Maraia.
Laura Konarski, owner of Learning Land Day Care, was thrilled to offer the students such a positive experience. “It’s great to teach the kids about giving and helping other people,” she said.
One of the older students, Logan Asevedo, described why he wanted to help out. “It’s really nice to give pictures to the sick children,” he said. The students were happy to have visited the Hospital. They even said, “The Hospital isn’t scary!” The Orange Regional Foundation hopes that the Learning Land Day Care students will be role models for others in the community.
Recognizing the need for advanced pediatric services locally, pediatricians, hospital staff and members of the Hospital’s board of directors initiated a charge to enhance and develop additional pediatric services in our community. A steering committee was formed with representation from all pediatric groups in our area and Orange Regional’s leadership and staff. This committee reviewed the pediatric data, then identified and ranked the pediatric medical needs of our community. Based on these results, a 3-year implementation plan was developed to create The Pediatric Center at Orange Regional Medical Center. Currently, construction is underway for the new Pediatric Emergency Department.
For more information on Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation’s Lend A Hand For Kids Capital Campaign or to donate, please call the Foundation Office at 333-2333 or visit www.ormc.org/LendAHandForKids.
Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.