Judging a Book by its Cover - All 3,000 of Them

Vol. 12, No. 3
December, 2002

  • A Vision Moves One Step Closer to Reality - Ground Breaks on Winthrop's New Heart Surgery Center and Pediatric Inpatient Center

  • Winthrop Ranked Among Best in New York State for Bypass Surgery

  • New, Dedicated Pediatric Emergency Unit Opens at Winthrop - Provides Specialized Care for Children's Unique Needs

  • Pediatric Asthma Parents Support Group - Try talking with others about Asthma�

  • Club W Reinvents the 1940's in All It's Glory at Winthrop's Annual Gala

  • Winthrop's Rheumatoid Arthritis Center Offers Treatment, Relief From Chronic Pain of Joint Disease

  • Winthrop Pediatric Opthalmologist Performs New, Successful Surgery on Patient with Rare Eye Disorder

  • From Hospital to Home, Winthrop Provides New Moms with Tools for Breastfeeding Success

  • Winthrop Named New York State Regional Perinatal Center - One of Only 18 Centers in all of New York State to Receive Prestigious Designation

  • Winthrop Receives Department Of Education Statewide Award For Employment Of People With Disabilities

  • Winthrop's New Website - Winthrop.org Goes Live!

  • 'Celebrate America Fun-Fest- Benefits Winthrop's Cancer Center For Kids - Governor George Pataki, Senator Michael Balboni, Olympic Gold Medallist Sarah Hughes, Make Special Guest Appearances

  • Golfers Tee Off to Benefit Withrop's Institute for Heart Care at 17th Annual Golf Tournament

  • Assemblywoman Maureen O-Connell 'Reaches Out and Reads' to Local Children at Winthrop Pediatrics

  • Judging a Book by its Cover - All 3,000 of Them

  • Winthrop's Cancer Program Approved by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons

  • Vascular Laboratory at Winthrop Achieves ICAVL Reaccredidation

  • 'Tis the Season for Giving

  • Senator Michael A.L. Balboni Sponsors $200,000 Bioterrorism Grant for Winthrop

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  • Phat's a girl to do with 26,000 brand new books? Donate them, of course. That's exactly what Jessica Platt, 17, of Woodbury has been doing - donating thousands of books to area hospitals including close to 3,000 to Winthrop's Reach Out and Read and Child Life Programs.

    Jessica made a personal visit to Winthrop's Child Life playroom to present more than ten cases of children's books in English and Spanish to Annmarie DiFrancesca, Director of the Child Life Program at Winthrop and Amy Jo Davison, DO, a Winthrop pediatrician who is active in the Hospital's Reach Out and Read initiative. The donation was divided between the Child Life Playroom where hospitalized children can find a "safe haven" from the hospital setting and Reach Out and Read, a program in which pediatricians encourage parents to read to their children at an early age.

    Jessica Platt of Woodbury (center) with Annmarie DiFrancesca, Director of the Child Life Program (right) and Amy Jo Davison, DO (left) show off a few of the thousands of books Jessica donated to Winthrop-University Hospital. The books will be used in the Child Life playroom and for Winthrop's Reach Out and Read Program.
    As a hospital volunteer, Jessica said she saw so many children just sitting and waiting � either in the emergency room, in their hospital rooms or for a surgical procedure. "I thought if these kids had a book to read, it would help them pass the time," she explained.

    And, so Jessica's mission to get local publishing houses and authors to donate children's books to her new cause was born. She began with an extensive letter writing campaign, sending out hundreds of letters. Jessica said she only expected to receive a couple thousand books in return and was quite surprised when offers and tens of thousands of books came pouring in.

    "This project has been worth all of the effort," said Jessica. "It's really great to make kids who are in the hospital happy."

    To learn more about the Reach Out and Read Program or the Child Life Program at Winthrop, call 877-559-KIDS.

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