“Hospital Highlights” is a publicly available section on the website that is intended to highlight new and/or innovative aspects of member programs. Examples might include novel approaches to a common theme or issue or might compare two hospitals who have different approaches to a similar need (e.g., different approaches to pre-operative tours).
Hospital highlights can also be a space to share new approaches or positions in non-traditional settings.
The Hugs for Brady Child Life Preparation Program (HFBCLPP) at NewYork-Presbyterian/ Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital is a patient-and-family-centered care program that works to address the psychosocial needs of children and their families who undergo non-sedation Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) studies. Child life services and the HFBCLPP were integrated into the pediatric radiology department in 2013 as part of a hospital-wide initiative to reduce the amount of anesthesia-MRIs. A multi-sensory program individualized to fit the needs of each patient and family, the HFBCLPP gained national recognition when it was featured on The Today Show in March of 2015. A miniature mock-MRI machine, movie goggles/headphones, and an educational video are a few of the resources used in the program to enhance patient understanding and coping.
Two Internal Review Board-approved research studies were generated as a result of NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital’s non-anesthesia MRI initiative; both of the studies list the contributing certified child life specialist, Tina DiMartino, as a co-author. The first study is a retrospective analysis, examining the HFBCLPP’s impact on certain value-based metrics and its overall efficacy in reducing anesthesia-MRIs. The second study is a randomized control trial, examining the impact of video-based education on levels of distress and understanding among non-anesthesia MRI patients. The educational video is an interdisciplinary collaboration, created by the radiology department and produced internally; the video is available to the general public on the NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital website, as well as on YouTube.
posted on 4/17
We are excited to welcome Professor Bunsen Honeydew, the newest employee in the Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department! Professor does more than play fetch and cuddle, he serves as Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai’s first-ever facility dog. Paws and Play, supported by PetSmart Charities, the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, is also the first facility dog program of its kind in New York State.
Professor is a full-time employee in the Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department and works directly with primary handler Ali Spike, Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS) and secondary handler Toshiko Nonaka, Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS).
What is Animal Assisted Therapy?
Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) is a goal directed intervention in which an animal that meets specific criteria is an integral part of the treatment process and is recognized as a therapeutic form of treatment. Ali Spike and Toshiko Nonaka work with Professor to support a variety of clinical needs including pain management, procedural support, socialization, motivation, and of course PLAY!
About Professor Bunsen Honeydew
Professor is a golden doodle, a cross between a golden retriever and a poodle, and came to Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai from Canine Assistants, in Alpharetta, GA. Professor is 18 months old and has been through a bond-based training program in preparation to serve as a key member of the Kravis Children’s Hospital’s treatment team. Professor was named after Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, who is an inventor and scientist character from The Muppet Show. When he is not supporting our patients, families and staff, Professor enjoys taking naps on the couch, playing outside with his handlers and learning new tricks!
Program Mission & Clinical Vision
The Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department is integrating Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) into clinical practice with the introduction of Professor. The Facility Dog will be based out of the outpatient hematology/oncology clinic and will respond to referrals for consults from psycho-social staff and medical team members. The Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS) handlers will prioritize patient needs and formulate interventions with clearly defined objectives. Treatment plans will be designed to improve the patient’s social, emotional and/or cognitive functioning while increasing overall coping and adjustment.
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