It's every child's dream to walk into a toy store overflowing with
goodies and be told they can take home any toy they want. On
January 4, pediatric patients in Winthrop's Hagedorn Pediatric
Inpatient Center had the opportunity to do just that, thanks to
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr.'s annual "Extend the Holidays" toy
drive, which provides a full year's supply of toys for Winthrop's
Child Life Program.
More than 1,500 toys were collected through generous donations
from local elementary schools, labor unions and community
organizations. Senator Fuschillo hand-delivers the toys to patients
after the holiday season so that hospitalized children can experience
the joys of receiving a holiday gift throughout the year.
"This is an event that I look forward to each and every year here
at Winthrop," said John F. Collins, Winthrop's President and Chief
Executive Officer. "Our pediatric patients will benefit from the
Senator's generosity throughout the entire year."
"One of the best parts of the holiday season for children is
the thrill and anticipation of receiving the gift of a new toy," said
Senator Fuschillo. "We want to make sure that children in the hospital,
who are going through tough times, can experience those same
feelings throughout the year. The many toys that were donated by
schools, unions, and local residents will help put smiles on the faces
of many children. I thank everyone who participated in this program
for once again making it a great success."
Present at the dedication of the newly upgraded GE Vivid Q echo
machine were (l.-r.) Gloria Petralia, Administrative Director of the
Department of Pediatrics at Winthrop; Donna Better, MD, Director
of the Pediatric Echocardiography Laboratory and Perinatal
Cardiology at Winthrop; Terrie Magro, Co-Founder of The Michael
Magro Foundation; Carlos Montoya, MD, Chief of Pediatric
Cardiology at Winthrop; Linda Sweeney, Practice Manager of the
Cancer Center for Kids at Winthrop; and Warren Rosenfeld, MD,
Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Winthrop.
Vol. 21, No. 1
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