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Children's Miracle Network Donates Major Grant for Pediatric Services at Montefiore Medical Center

New York City, NY  (March 28, 2005) -- The Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) a major national fundraising organization dedicated to helping sick children, has donated a grant of $235,000 for pediatric services to Montefiore Medical Center.  The money will be split equally between the medical center’s Department of  Pediatrics, for medical programs, and The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM), to be used for Child and Family Services such as the Susan Pincus Family Learning Place—a community resources center for health information, and the Child Life Program.

The donation, presented by CMN Regional Executive Director William Tawpash, was accepted by Dr. Peter Semczuk, vice president for Women’s and Children’s Services at Montefiore.

Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, Children’s Miracle Network is dedicated to helping children by raising funds for 170 children’s hospitals across North America.  The funds are raised through a number of events, the largest being the “Children’s Miracle Network Celebration,” an annual telethon.  Donations are also generated through the sale of the familiar “Miracle Balloons” sold by banks and other corporations.  To date, over $2.2 billion has been raised for CMN’s affiliated hospitals, much of it given a dollar or two at a time by caring individuals.

In acknowledging the donation, Dr. Semczuk thanked the Children’s Miracle Network for its “strong support of Montefiore’s ongoing Child Life Programs, that are so important to the health and well-being of the children we serve.”  Mr. Tawpash said, “Children’s Miracle Network is proud to help Montefiore Medical Center and its world renowned Children’s Hospital at Montefiore and the Department of  Pediatrics to provide critical health services to children in need.”

About The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore

One of the most technologically advanced children’s hospitals in the world, the $120 million 106-bed Children’s Hospital at Montefiore opened in October, 2001. Family-centered care is the Hospital’s guiding philosophy and is evident in its family-friendly facilities and programs where parents play active roles in their child’s care. Besides the new Children’s Sleep Center, the Children’s Hospital includes a new pediatric epilepsy center; a pediatric emergency room; an intensive care unit for children; a center for communications disorders to help children with speech, hearing and language problems; and a day hospital for patients who require several hours or a full day of treatments.

Montefiore Medical Center, The University Hospital and Academic Medical Center for the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, is internationally recognized as a leader in patient care, research, teaching, and community service. Montefiore provides treatment programs for patients with all major illnesses and has distinguished centers of excellence in women’s health, children’s health, heart care, cancer care, and surgery.

The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore is located at 3415 Bainbridge Avenue in the Bronx. Its telephone number is (718) 741-CHAM (2426), or log on to http://www.montekids.org/