Parents get hospital rest

A good night’s rest is just what the doctor ordered for the parents of hospitalized children.

Being admitted to a hospital can be stressful for any patient or their loved ones.

Throughout Jacobi Medical Center’s Pediatric Inpatient Service. families will find 20 comfortable new sleeper chairs, courtesy of the Jacobi Medical Center Auxiliary Inc. (Jacobi Auxiliary) .

They are a welcome addition to parents who want to remain close their children throughout the day – and night to give them reassurance and comfort them.

Each year the Jacobi Auxiliary regularly comes to the support of the hospital’s staff in addressing the needs of its patients.

In calendar year 2012, the Auxiliary invested over $300,000 in capital equipment and humanitarian support.

Jacobi’s Auxiliary is a tax-exempt volunteer organization that supports and enhances the care given to patients through fundraising initiatives including an annual gala, book and plant sales.

“I’m pleased that the Auxiliary was able to step in and help,” said Edison Speck, president of the Jacobi Auxiliary. “It can be very stressful when you have a young child in the hospital; these chairs will provide our patients’ families with some relief, a chance to unwind and rest while allowing them to remain comfortably by the bedside overnight.”

“The chairs are great,” said Bridget Dominguez, whose newborn was a patient in Jacobi’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit “I can sleep comfortably near my baby and be part of her recovery.”

Those interested in supporting or actively participating in the caring mission of the Jacobi Auxiliary can call the hospital’s Office of Development at (718) 918-4203.

Jacobi Medical Center is part of HHC’s North Bronx Healthcare Network, which includes North Central Bronx Hospital.

Jacobi is a 457-bed teaching hospital affiliated with the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

The facility offers numerous Centers of Excellence, including its renowned trauma center, multi-person hyperbaric unit, burn center, surgical intensive care unit, stroke center, regional perinatal center, breast health center and bariatric service.

Jacobi’s new Ambulatory Care Pavilion complements its recently constructed inpatient facility and allows staff to provide outpatients with high-quality care in a modern, state-of-the-art environment.

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