St. Christopher’s Foundation for Children and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children regularly exchange information and collaborate to meet the needs of the children and families they both serve. In addition to the Farm to Families site at the Hospital and the ongoing exploration of opportunities to add dental screenings in the Center for Child and Adolescent Health, St. Christopher’s Foundation for Children regularly supports educational programming and other charitable activities at the Hospital through temporarily restricted funds. Significant funding is applied towards the Ralph Brenner Endowed Chair and sustaining a Fellow in the Child Life Department, however temporarily restricted funds support programming on a regular basis. Recent examples include:
Reach Out and Read
Reach Out and Read builds on the unique relationship between parents and medical providers, Reach Out and Read helps develop critical early reading skills in children, beginning at 6 months of age. The families who participate read together more often, and their children enter kindergarten better prepared to succeed, with larger vocabularies, stronger language skills, and a six-month developmental edge over their peers. Donate to Reach Out And Read
A Day with the Newborn
With support from the Neonatal Research and Education Fund, this day-long symposium brought an international panel of speakers to St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children to present on nine topics to provide practitioners who provide care to the newborn with the most up-to-date knowledge of issues that are commonly encountered in critically ill neonates. Attendees were eligible for either continuing medical education credits or continuing nursing education credits.
David Smith Visiting Professorship
With a goal of affording pediatric residents exposure to national figures in general pediatrics, the Dr. Smith Educational Fund at St. Christopher’s Foundation for Children enabled St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children to invite Dr. Javier Gonzalez del Rey of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital to St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children to present a program entitled Family Centered Rounds (FCR): Building Systems and Skills for Success at the Bedside of Hospitalized Child in a Teaching Hospital. The goals of the program were to increase understanding of the advantages and barriers in resident education in the process of family-centered care delivery, increase awareness of the current literature that relates to family-centered rounds and to provide educational and clinical outcomes data.
Annual Cystic Fibrosis Parents Meeting
Underwritten by the Lung Center Fund, this annual meeting for caregivers of children with Cystic Fibrosis provides updates on new developments in Cystic Fibrosis treatments and research in North America including data from the Mid-Atlantic Cystic Fibrosis Conference. In addition, statistics and research from the St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children’s Cystic Fibrosis Center are presented including information on clinical trials being conducted at the Center and current statistics. The meeting also provides an opportunity to give caregivers education and information regarding the transitioning process from a pediatrics center to an adult care center.