Reach Out and Read Program Receives Generous Support

Vol. 15, No. 1
Summer 2005

  • CyberKnife at Winthrop Revolutionizes Cancer Care

  • Stroke Center Receives NYS Department of Health's Stamp of Approval

  • New Corkscrew Device Saves Stroke Patients' Lives

  • Minimally Invasive Procedure Seeks and Destroys Cancer Cells, Sparing Healthy Tissue

  • Early Detection and Flexible Treatment Get Player Back in the Game

  • Winthrop Performs Unusual Heart Operation

  • McCann Endoscopy Center Opens

  • Winthrop is First to Offer New Treatment for Female Urinary Incontinence

  • 'Dining Out' Series Teaches Healthful Choices

  • Asian Flare Sets the Stage for 2005 Gala

  • Comprehensive Class Alleviates Anxieties of Patients Facing Hip or Knee Replacement Surgery

  • Andy Foundation's NFL Day Benefits Cancer Center for Kids

  • Get a Jump on Your Holiday Shopping While Helping Young Patients

  • Jets All-Pro Center Teams Up with Winthrop for Second Annual Challenge Benefiting Young Patients

  • Creative Cards Benefit Cancer Center for Kids

  • Starlight Starbright Foundation Tours Peds Inpatient Center

  • Reach Out and Read Program Receives Generous Support

  • The Future: Your Legacy

  • Great Neck 5K

  • Winthrop Wins Grant to 'Reinvent the House Call'

  • Team Winthrop Rallies to Support Hurricane Relief Efforts

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  • Ann greets children in the waiting area, offering a book of their choice before entertaining them with interactive storytelling. Six-year-old Justin Rydberg (left) and his younger sister, Saira, are mesmerized by the tale, asking questions with each turn of the page.
    Winthrop-University Hospital's Reach Out and Read Program recently was awarded two grants to support the important national literacy program.

    Since implementing the federal program at Winthrop in 2001, Winthrop Pediatric Associates, along with its two affiliated facilities, the Martin Luther King, Jr., Health Center in Wyandanch and Winthrop Pediatrics Associates-Hempstead, has provided young patients, aged six months to five-years-old, with new, developmentally appropriate books.

    Serving more than 7,000 children annually, the Hospital's program relies on financial contributions. Recently, the Verizon Corporation awarded $2,500 and Target Corporation donated $1,500. Every dollar netted through donations, fundraisers and funds from the national program is earmarked to purchase books for distribution by the pediatricians and residents during each child's visit.

    "It is a win-win situation for all involved," explained William Bryson- Brockmann, PhD, Chief of Behavioral- Developmental Pediatrics, Program Coordinator. "We see a smiling, happy kid who learns to love to read and go to the doctor, and parents walk away with a brand new book to read to their child.

    (L-R) Ann Kutch, Winthrop volunteer; Rose St. Fleur, MD, Medical Director of Reach Out and Read Program at Winthrop; William Bryson- Brockmann, PhD, program coordinator; Ren�e Petersen, program co-coordinator.
    More importantly, research shows that children, who are part of the program, increase their receptive and expressive language. It's positive all around." The popular program also is supported by a team of volunteers who work in the waiting room reading to children, demonstrating appropriate reading styles to the parents.

    "It's a very fulfilling job because as you work with and mentor the kids to teach them how to enjoy reading, you also have a good time with them," said Ren�e Petersen, Reach Out and Read Co-Coordinator.

    Those interested in contributing either monies or new books, please contact either Ren�e at (516) 663- 4412 or Dr. Bryson-Brockmann at (516) 663-4432.

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