Support for our children is more critical now than ever before as NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue fights the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the severity of the illness and to reduce transmission, our children's families can no longer visit them at the hospital, taking away their main source of comfort and reassurance. Doctors, nurses, and staff are stepping into the breach to help children use technology to connect with their moms, dads, siblings, and family members.
Every donation, big or small, can help hospitalized children feel like kids, connect to their families, and sustain their hearts and minds. Your donation today will help provide:
• Laptops or iPads to inpatient Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, so patients can see and talk to their families remotely.
• Books, toys, writing supplies, art supplies, and more for children who are hospitalized.
• And so much more for our programs, children, and their families.
Update from Bellevue, What’s Happening Inside?
• To focus on fighting COVID-19, children from the other NYC Health + Hospitals are being sent to Bellevue.
• Our Child Life team is stepping up to support Adult Intensive Care Units to counsel and support families of critically ill COVID patients. Usually helping to distract young patients getting a medical procedure or explain the procedure to the child and their family, now these staff are coaching colleagues to help family members cope with fear and grief. Child Life staff also cover phones, supply inventory, and perform any other tasks that ease the burden on the nursing and medical providers.
• Doctors in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry are seeing clients via telehealth calls.
We are grateful to our health care heroes at Bellevue Hospital who care for New Yorkers before, during, and after this crisis. Thank you to every individual, family, firm, foundation, and organization for your support. We need you now more than ever. Please donate today.
All donations to Children of Bellevue are made on an unrestricted basis unless otherwise directed in writing by the donor within 30 days of receipt.