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Resorts World comes up aces for sick kids

Casino execs drop everything to read to children at Jamaica Hospital MC

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Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2019 10:30 am

One might not know that Resorts World Casino New York City is a contributor to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, but if you’ve ever been in the pediatric ward or pediatric emergency room, you’ve seen the wall-mounted game and activity centers it has donated to make a sick child’s stay at least a little bit more pleasant.

And on April 12, the casino’s presence was far more personal as executives dropped by to help children celebrate National Drop Everything and Read Day.

April 12 was chosen to celebrate the birthday of famed children’s author Beverly Cleary.

Cleary first wrote about the concept of such a day in her 1981 classic, “Ramona Quimby, Age 8.”

Outfitted with everything from new titles to children’s classics like Dr. Seuss in hand, they visited a handful of children in their rooms and the floor’s playroom.

“We know firsthand how important story time and other fun activities are to children admitted to our hospital,” said Bruce Flanz, president of JHMC. “Our pediatric team aims to create an environment that makes children feel at home.”

Hospital officials said Resorts World has been a generous supporter when it’s had needs.

Michelle Stoddart, Resorts’ director of public relations and community development, spent some time reading an alphabet book to a young man all of 2 who was simultaneously interested in a tome with numbers and the car he rode from his bed to the playroom.

Her favorite activity station, situated on the wall near the nurses’ station, was a large red crab adorned with multiple mirrors. Others teach about magnets, counting and even thermal imaging.

And Stoddart said from her view, Resorts can be very pleased with its investment in the hospital’s young patients.

The activity center in the pediatric emergency room is a large, multistation affair framed as a large wooden submarine.

“We want to be god neighbors,” Stoddart said. “If I got really sick at work, I’d come here. When a guest is really sick, they come here. We’re part of the community.”

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