New Hassenfeld Children's Hospital – 34th Street Made Possible by $50 Million Donation from Hassenfeld Family, Founders of Hasbro
The following article is based on a press release issued by NYU Langone Health on June 4, 2018.
June 12, 2018 | Hassenfeld Children's Hospital—34th Street, the first children's hospital built in New York City in nearly 15 years and NYU Langone Health's new flagship location for pediatric inpatient care, will open on June 24 as part a new facility, the Helen L. and Martin S. Kimmel Pavilion. Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital—34th Street was made possible by a $50 million donation by the Hassenfeld family, the founders of Hasbro, Inc.
Taking up several floors of Kimmel and accessible through its own entrance, the new hospital is a 160,000-square-foot facility with 68 single-patient rooms – the only pediatric inpatient facility with this feature in Manhattan. More than 400 doctors from 35 specialties will provide inpatient and outpatient care for common and complex childhood conditions as part of NYU Langone’s pediatric department, according to a press release.
The new space will feature colorful artwork inspired by the theme of New York City from a child's eyes – such as a replica of the Statue of Liberty made entirely of LEGO bricks and a three-story sculpture of a Dalmatian balancing a taxicab on it nose. The space will also feature a "MyWall" interactive screen in every child's patient room, and dedicated areas for children of all ages including a teen room, a multisensory playroom, an expressive arts room, and Skyline Studio, a broadcast hub where children can create their own multimedia productions.
In addition, there will be a variety of activities for kids and their loved ones during their stay, including theater and music performances, game and movie nights, and yoga and relaxation groups for parents. Families will have access to many amenities at the Family Resource Lounge, including laundry facilities, showers, a family lounge, snack center, and computer work stations.
As the founders of Hasbro, the Hassenfeld family has had a long and fervent connection to philanthropic causes that benefit children. In recognition of their many accomplishments both within and beyond the toy industry, Alan G. Hassenfeld, his brother Stephen, and his father Merrill have all been inducted into The Toy Association’s Toy Industry Hall of Fame.
“The Hassenfeld Family Foundation continues to demonstrate a deep commitment to improving the lives of children around the world including those who are suffering from critical illnesses, witnessed now by a leadership donation to NYU Langone and creation of the Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital,” said Steve Pasierb, president and CEO of The Toy Association. “Bringing joy and the potential healing power of play to children who are facing adverse situations represents both profound caring and innovative philanthropy. The Hassenfeld Family Foundation continues to point the way forward for others.”