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South Oaks Hospital Unveils "Calming Room" Made Possible by Ronald McDonald House Charities

(October 12, 2010) On Friday, October 1, 2010, South Oaks Hospital officially unveiled the new "Calming Room" on the children's unit made possible by Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC). Robert E. Detor, President and CEO of South Oaks Hospital expressed his gratitude to Diane Koury, Board Member of RMHC and Janice Mulligan, Chapter Coordinator at RMHC and all of the members of Ronald McDonald House Charities for their vital support in the amount of $13,176.00. Mr. Detor stated "our mission, We Care for People, completely aligns with the wonderful vision of Ronald McDonald House Charities, supporting programs that positively impact the health and well being of children."

The new multi-sensory Calming Room enhanced by the picturesque murals painted by Splashes of Hope as well as the sensory items and furniture have created a special environment enabling children to heal, learn to self regulate behaviors and process what they see, hear, touch, taste and feel. This innovative technique provides trauma informed care in a coercion free environment offering countless children new resources and skills to gain control without physical intervention.

Special invited guests attending the unveiling included Heather Buggee and Stephanie Condra from Splashes of Hope, Ellen Ricciuti and Michael Stoltz, Members of the Board of Trustees for the Long Island Home (LIH).

Photo: Left to right: E. Ricciuti, Vice Chairperson (LIH), D. Koury, Board Member (RHMC), R. Detor, President & CEO (LIH), J. Mulligan, Chapter Coordinator (RHMC), and M. Stoltz, Board of Trustees, (LIH).

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