Peace was the word on July 21, as Children's Hospital Boston President and CEO James Mandell, MD, announced the hospital's $1 million commitment to Boston's violence prevention efforts at Peace Day in the PEC. The event featured performances by GRLZ Radio and Ritmo en Accion Summer Dance Program, and recognized Children's summer high school interns—all funded through the hospital. Stayed tuned for more on Children's efforts in the September issue of the News.
Phone volunteer Scott Shannon showed Mandell the ropes at the fourth annual Mix 98-5 Cares for Kids Radiothon, held on July 13 and 14 in the PEC. The Radiothon raised more than $1 million for the Children's Fund, supporting the hospital's areas of greatest need. Thank you to employees who volunteered, patients who shared their stories and all who made pledges! A special thanks to sponsors: Brooks Pharmacy, Gerber, Papa Gino's, Next Generation Children's Centers, Wal-Mart and Vacation Outlets.
A team of Children's nurses spent the morning of July 11 at the State House educating elected officials about their concerns with proposed legislation that would set strict nurse staffing ratios and advocating for an alternative bill that would directly address the nursing shortage in Massachusetts.
Hundreds of staff, employees, volunteers and patient families screamed for ice cream at Children's annual employee ice cream event held on July 19 in the PEC and the Main Lobby.
There's no shortage of books in
Adolescent Medicine thanks to
Kenneth Foner and Ari Goldberg. The boys share a passion for reading and caring for others, so for their combined Bar Mitzvah in May, they asked guests to bring new and gently used books to donate to the Booking It in the Waiting Room Program. Founded in December 2004, by Jessica Henderson Daniel, PhD, associate director of the LEAH Training Program, Booking It is a free book program to encourage adolescents to read. Ari and Kenny donated 10 boxes of books to the clinic.