US Congresswoman Nita Lowey visited Blythedale Children's Hospital today, and chatted with patients about their favorite lunch food - Nutella sandwiches - and with Hospital staff about topics ranging from research funding to education.
She was greeted by three pint-sized ambassadors, who thanked her for coming to visit their Hospital and presented her with a bouquet of flowers. The Congresswoman met with Hospital staff and volunteers, and shared her great enthusiasm for Blythedale's mission.
"How fortunate your children and parents are to have Blythedale," she said. "It is an extraordinary place, with such a caring and loving staff." She cautioned that budgetary restraints are felt everywhere, urging staff to "continue to do your absolutely critical work here" and serve as messengers, being vigilant in watching how money is spent.
President & CEO Larry Levine thanked the Congresswoman for her strong support of Blythedale, and met with her briefly to share his concerns regarding healthcare cuts at the federal and state levels.
"We are so grateful to Congresswoman Lowey for her many, many years of tireless support of Blythedale," said Levine. "She is a true friend to our Hospital, and the children and families we serve."
Congresswoman Lowey is currently serving her 13th term in Congress, representing New York's 17th district (which includes parts of Westchester and Rockland Counties, and Blythedale). She is currently the Ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, and a long-time advocate for issues important to Blythedale and the children it serves.
Pictured above: Blythedale patients (l-r) Joey, Sofia and Sarah, warmly welcomed Congresswoman Nita Lowey (third from left, and pictured with Blythedale Trustee Lucy Schmolka, President & CEO Larry Levine and Trustee Judy Goodhue).