Laurie Strongin, Hope for Henry, 202-813-3385, email@example.com
Elizabeth Ward, PR Collaborative, 401.626.0742, firstname.lastname@example.org
WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 23 – Hope for Henry, a leader in pediatric patient experience programming, announced today that it served its 10,000th patient at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore since launching the program in 2016.
|What:||Hope for Henry was founded in 2003 by Laurie Strongin and her husband, Allen Goldberg, to honor their son Henry, who died at age seven following a bone marrow transplant. While trying to save his life, Laurie and Allen spent hundreds of days and nights with Henry in hospitals across the country. During this time, high-quality medical care treated Henry the Patient, but Laurie and Allen saw that the needs of Henry the Kid went unmet. After Henry’s passing, they made it their mission to fill that gap and created Hope for Henry to address the clear connection between a child’s quality of life and their ability to do all the difficult things they need to do to heal.
Founded in 2016, in memory of Baltimore’s hometown hero Lenny “Batman” Robinson, the program at Sinai Hospital delivers Hope for Henry’s successful, comprehensive, year-round program to reinvent how hospitals care for seriously ill children. From rewarding kids for completing scary medical procedures, to birthday parties and room redecorations, to athlete visits and superhero bashes, this program is increasing smiles on kids’ faces and importantly, improving adherence to medical protocols and leading to better outcomes.
|When:||This month, Hope for Henry served its 10,000th patient at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore. Among them is eight-year-old Capi. She was the very first patient at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore to use Hope for Henry’s Super Rewards for Super Kids procedure-based incentive program for an MRI. It is always difficult to get a child to sit still for 45 minutes, and it’s doubly so to have them sit still while surrounded by the cold machinery of an MRI. But then, a child life specialist came and introduced the Super Rewards program to her. Capi thought it was “the most amazing thing ever.” She was so excited to be the 1st that she did not move, not even once. She knew her bravery would reward her with a prize in the end, and she still has her reward – a plush Hatchimal – in her room at home, reminding her of the courage she showed that day.
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About Hope for Henry
Hope for Henry is reinventing how hospitals care for children and their families through innovative, scientifically tested programs that help hospitalized kids confront the challenges of serious illness, adhere to their medical plans, and thrive. Founded in 2003 and led by social innovator, patient advocate, and author, Laurie Strongin, Hope for Henry has served more than 65,000 of the sickest children in hospitals around the country.
About Sinai Hospital
Sinai Hospital of Baltimore was founded in 1866 as a 10-room hospital to answer the needs of Jewish patients and doctors. Today, Sinai continues that spirit of invention and inclusion. The hospital continues to break ground in improving human health with advanced medical care, innovative research and caring for the whole person. Sinai serves the people of greater Baltimore as well as national and international patients. Teams of experts at its renowned Centers of Excellence provide specialized, advanced care. Additionally, Sinai’s BioIncubator gives emerging biotech and health sciences companies lab space and access to leading physicians. As a nonprofit teaching hospital, Sinai provides training for more than 140 residents and 400 medical students yearly. With 483 beds, Sinai is the largest community hospital in Maryland.