How Do Unrestricted Pediatric Gifts Help At Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital?

The Foundation for Upstate Medical University was able to gift nearly $300,000 in unrestricted donations from 2013 fundraising events, individual gifts  and community campaigns benefitting pediatric patient care programs, services and research at the Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital,

The gifts were a result of direct contributions and of the numerous community donations including events held throughout the year, from community sponsors and donors, as well as  local businesses, individuals, community and school groups, and Children's Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals sponsors.

"For more than 29 years, contributions from our donors and sponsors have allowed Upstate's Foundation to help fund pediatric programs at our children's hospital, many of which would not have otherwise been supported," said Toni Gary, director of community relations for the Foundation for Upstate . "Their generosity has made such a positive difference in the lives of the 100,000 sick and injured children who are treated annually at the Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital."

Fifteen of 25 proposals were selected for funding through the 2013 unrestricted gifts. The funded proposals, representing 12 patient care programs and two research projects, were ranked by need under the direction of Thomas Welch, MD, professor and chair of Upstate's Department of Pediatrics and medical director of the Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital.

"Allocations offered support for research in the area of Urology and Pathology, provided emergency help for families with extended stays and ongoing support of the child life department, enabling child life staff to offer pediatric patients with movies, games, books, music therapy equipment, computer programs and other distraction items," said Gary.

The allocations also benefited, art therapy program, fish tank maintenance, After Hours Program at Community , The Safe Kids Coalition, nursing and medical staff development programs, patient monitors, equipment for transports, and purchase of equipment for the pediatric surgery department. Funding was also provided for continued support for the Family Resource Center in the children's hospital for families to learn more about the resources, treatment and care of their child's illness, and the Family Advisory council along with support for the Chair’s discretionary fund .

Each year the Foundation for Upstate Medical University distributes a request for proposals to all areas of Upstate's Pediatrics Department, including research, outpatient clinics and services. Funding is determined by an allocations outreach committee, consisting of community and hospital pediatricians, other pediatric staff members, and community business leaders. Recommendations from the committee are reviewed by the Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital Advisory Development Committee and approved before presenting them to the Upstate Foundation board of directors for final approval.

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