Last week, Blythedale Children’s Hospital welcomed back New York State Assemblyman J. Gary Pretlow (District 89) to see firsthand the facility’s ongoing dedication to improving the health and quality of life for children with complex medical illnesses.
Adam Herbst, Chief Legal, Planning and Government Relations Officer of Blythedale Children’s Hospital, toured the Assemblyman, visiting the Hospital’s 46-bed Infant and Toddler Unit. Dr. Dennis Davidson, Unit Chief and neonatologist, discussed Blythedale’s interdisciplinary care model and how it is used to treat each child holistically.
The assemblyman also visited the Hospital’s Pediatric, Adolescent and Traumatic Brain Injury (T.B.I.) Units, Day Hospital, and the Thomas and Agnes Carvel Foundation Therapy Village, home to the state’s largest pediatric therapy department. He also met with Larry Levine, President and C.E.O. of Blythedale Children’s Hospital, to discuss important public policy intiatives.
“Blythedale is just a fantastic place that’s child friendly and provides superior care with one-on-one staff interaction,” said Assemblyman J. Gary Pretlow. “The difference here is that they’re teaching the kids that there’s something else in life- either through school, long term care or other programs. People, such as myself, should spread the word about this Hospital because they’re helping transform the future of so many young people.”
“We value our long relationship with Assemblyman Pretlow and thank him for returning to witness the exceptional care and extraordinary outcomes at Blythedale,” said Adam Herbst, the Hospital’s Chief Legal, Planning and Government Relations Officer. “Blythedale continues to advocate for many state and national legislation and public policy initiatives as we strive to improve and preserve the health of children. Assemblyman Pretlow continues to help us advance our mission and we have a deep appreciation for his friendship. When legislators visit Blythedale, see patients and talk with parents and clinicians, it clarifies how important access to quality, affordable healthcare is for children.”