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Stony Brook Children’s Hospital Receives $125,000 from Bank of America
Gift for Hospital Expansion Matched by Anonymous Donor Totaling $250,000 in Donated Funds
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Robert Isaksen, President, Long Island Bank of America at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital

STONY BROOK, N.Y., MARCH 13, 2014 -- Suffolk County’s only children’s hospital is critical to the health and well-being of Long Island children, but also to Long Island businesses and workers.  For this reason, the regional office of Bank of America has donated $125,000 for the expansion of Stony Brook Children’s Hospital.

“Stony Brook University and the Children’s Hospital are pillars of the Suffolk County community, providing critical services to families throughout the Long Island community,” said Bob Isaksen, Long Island president, Bank of America. “The expansion of the Children’s Hospital will have a greater impact, bringing health and hope to more children.” Ground-breaking for the expansion will begin in April 2014. Combined with matching dollars from an anonymous donor, the Bank of America gift will have a sizeable impact on the $25 million needed to expand the Children’s Hospital. 

The newly-expanded hospital will feature a larger pediatric intensive care unit, private family-centric hospital rooms, patient playrooms, and family lounge. Two floors of the newly-expanded hospital will be housed in the new Hospital Pavilion, where Stony Brook’s medical faculty will generate forward-leading pediatric medical research and clinical care.

“Research proves that a family’s presence helps children heal faster and cope better with the stress of being in the hospital,” said Stony Brook Children’s Physician in Chief Dr. Margaret M. McGovern. “The expansion of Stony Brook Children’s will enable us to provide that specialized environment as well as recruit today’s top doctors who are trained to ensure the best possible medical care for our pediatric patients.”   

“Community support is key in Stony Brook Children’s Hospital’s capacity for providing the leading edge pediatric care for Long Island,” said Dexter A. Bailey, Vice President of University Advancement. “Philanthropy is what separates the good from the great. Thanks to Bank of America and the hundreds of others who have invested in Stony Brook Children’s, we will expand our ability to provide Long Island children world class care close to home.”

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About Stony Brook Children’s Hospital:

Established in June 2010, Stony Brook Children's Hospital is Suffolk County’s only children’s hospital. More than 7,000 children and adolescents are admitted each year. Stony Brook Children’s operates 100 pediatric beds and has more than 140 full-time pediatric physicians and surgeons in 30 different specialties and over 200 voluntary pediatric faculty members. The hospital is the Level 4 Regional Perinatal Center for our area and has a Level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. It is home to the nation’s first Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Center and also offers a Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Program, Pediatric Cardiology Program, Pediatric HIV and AIDS Center, Cystic Fibrosis Center and the Cody Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities. To learn more, visit www.stonybrookchildrens.org.