Local Homemakers Create & Donate Surgical Dolls

Vol. 18, No. 1
Spring 2008

  • The CyberKnife Challenge: Shrinking Hard-to-treat Tumors

  • Cutting-Edge Procedure Saves Patient with Rare Heart Condition

  • Winthrop Receives Highest Praise From Prestigious Joint Commission

  • Long Islanders Breathe Easier

  • Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Support Winthrop

  • Carleigh McCormack Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Lab Opens at Winthrop

  • Winthrop & Healthtrax: Partners in Wellness

  • Winthrop Celebrates and Honors its Volunteers and Auxilians

  • Yuletide Ball Raises Nearly $170,000 in Support of Pediatric Services

  • Winthrop Volunteers Wrap Holiday Gifts to Raise Funds for Reach Out and Read Program

  • Evening of 'Tasting and Giving' Raises $55,000 for Winthrop's CCFK

  • Astoria Federal Funds Creation of Virtual Resource Center for Diabetes Education

  • Winthrop's New Serenity Chapel Lights the Way for Peace & Hope

  • Winthrop to Undergo Facelift

  • Toshiba Reps Travel from Tokyo to Tour CyberKnife Center

  • Pat Lyons Foundation Supports Survivors of Childhood Cancers

  • Citigroup Foundation Supports CCFK

  • Loads of Toys for Winthrop's Young Patients

  • NY Islanders Visit Pediatrics

  • Winthrop Gets the Gold for Excellence in Stroke Care

  • Winthrop Continues Flu Immunization Program for Seniors

  • Local Homemakers Create & Donate Surgical Dolls

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  • Patients in Winthrop-University Hospital's Hagedorn Pediatric Inpatient Center have something special to help them through their hospital stay thanks to the Bellerose-Floral Park Chapter of the Homemakers Council of Nassau County (HCNC), who recently donated 100 hand-made surgical dolls to the Center. Each doll, hand-crafted with love, is utilized by Winthrop's Child Life specialists to help bring comfort to young patients and ease anxiety that is often associated with a hospital stay. The dolls also serve as effective teaching tools, helping staff to explain medical procedures and equipment to patients.

    The Bellerose-Floral Park Chapter of the HCNC was proud to present their handmade surgical dolls to the Child Life Program in Winthrop-University Hospital's Hagedorn Pediatric Inpatient Center. Pictured (l.-r.) are AnnMarie DiFrancesca, Director of Winthrop's Child Life Program; Chapter members Mary Price; Pauline Mastandrea, Co-Chair of Community Service; Mary Sexton; Mary O'Leary; Nora O'Donnell, Co-Chair of Community Service; Gerry DeLeo, Chapter President; and John Broder, Vice President, External Affairs & Development at Winthrop.

    Since their first donation nearly 25 years ago, the Bellerose-Floral Park Chapter of the HCNC has donated more than 4,000 surgical dolls to Winthrop. In addition to the surgical dolls, the Chapter has also donated hundreds of handcrafted quilts and blankets, and crocheted baby hats and pillows to Winthrop patients.

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