Horticultural Therapy Program Branches Out Thanks to Fidelity Investments

Vol. 16, No. 3
Summer/Fall 2006

  • Scoliosis Patient Stands Taller after Complex Surgeries

  • Winthrop Specialists Named to Top Doctors List

  • Renovation Project Extended Thanks to Senator Balboni

  • Winthrop Opens Beautifully Expanded Admitting Office

  • ER & Cardiac Team's Exceptional Response Time Saves Father of Two

  • Winthrop Plays Major Role in County-Wide Emergency Preparedness Drill

  • Winthrop's Department of Pediatrics Admitted to Prestigious National Association

  • Don't let obesity take you from them

  • Cancer Survivor's Inspiring "Mask of Courage" Evokes Hope

  • Winthrop Appoints Board of Directors Chairman

  • Former Winthrop President Passes Away

  • CyberKnife Restores Mother's Hearing and Preserves Grandfather's Active Lifestyle

  • Winthrop Introduces Toilet-Training Program

  • Winthrop First LI Hospital to Pioneer Use of Advanced Physician Order Entry Technology

  • Citigroup Foundation and Garden City Family Support Cancer Center for Kids

  • Charlie's Champions Rally in Support of Cancer Center for Kids

  • Horticultural Therapy Program Branches Out Thanks to Fidelity Investments

  • West Islip Family Thanks Pediatric Center

  • Garden City Second Grader Dedicates Birthday to Young Patients

  • Jets Fans' Contributions Benefit Pediatric Patients

  • Kids for Care Hosts Dinner Supporting Pediatric ER Patients

  • Diabetes Education Center Partners with American Idol Celebrity for Important Discussion

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  • L-R: John P. Broder, Vice President for Winthrop's External Affairs and Development; Mark Weinblatt, MD, Chief of the Division of Pediatric Oncology/Hematology and Director of the Cancer Center for Kids; Linda Sweeney, Practice Manager for the Cancer Center for Kids; Scott Knuckles, Fidelity Investments Garden City Branch Manager and Vice President; and Maria Kavan, Development Specialist for the Cancer Center for Kids.

    Winthrop recently received a corporate donation from Fidelity Investments to sponsor a year-long weekly horticultural therapy program at the Cancer Center for Kids.

    "A calming, soothing experience ideal for pediatric patients, horticultural therapy serves to normalize an often traumatic visit or hospitalization," explained horticultural consultant, Donna N. Arabian.

    With Ms. Arabian's guidance, the Center's patients enjoy the opportunity to get involved in group planting sessions; creating seasonal projects; or taking lessons in plant propagation and flower arranging.

    "The program's activities provide patients with a sense of control and an outlet for releasing stress," said AnnMarie DiFrancesca, Director of Winthrop's Child Life Program. "By digging and getting their hands dirty, they're not only having fun, but they take ownership of their project."

    L-R: Donna N. Arabian, a horticultural consultant, and AnnMarie DiFrancesca, Director of Winthrop's Child Life Program.
    "Winthrop's horticultural therapy program is exceptional as it truly helps the Center's young patients cope with the stresses associated with illness and having to be in a hospital environment," explained Scott Knuckles, Fidelity Investments Garden City Branch Manager and Vice President. "Fidelity is proud to support creative gardening therapy and community programs that enrich children's lives."

    For more information about the horticultural program, call (516) 663-9409.

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