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CRECHE DONATION BENEFITS YOUNG PATIENTS


Dr. Brad Frank, M.D., board certified psychiatrist and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at WCA, accepts donations from Creche members to be used in the new adolescent mental health rewards room.  Creche members presented the hospital age appropriate games, crafts, books,  educational videos; and furnishings. Pictured in photo left to right:  Dr. Frank; Lorraine Diggs, R.N., WCA Hospital Director of Nursing; Robin Michos,  Creche volunteer; Amy Turner, Creche Hospital Committee Chair; Wendy Kane, Kristen Kreinheder; Creche volunteers; Patricia McClennan, WCA Hospital Counselor III.

Jamestown, NY (Tuesday, January 29, 2008)—Members of the Crèche, Inc. Hospital Committee recently donated items for children of various age groups to benefit the WCA Hospital Adolescent Inpatient Mental Health Program’s new Rewards Room. The donated items will be used as positive reinforcement for the behavior modification rewards program at WCA for patients admitted to the adolescent mental health inpatient unit.

“We are truly grateful to Crèche for their commitment to improving the lives of our young patients,” said Betsy T. Wright, WCA Hospital/CEO.  “Thanks to the overwhelming support and spirit of giving from our community, we continue to provide award-winning care that strengthens the health and well-being of those we serve. We sincerely thank Crèche for being partners in our mission.”

The committee purchased items including:  table and chair furnishing; paint and stain, cabinet doors and shelves, tables, rockers, chairs and loungers, pool table; foosball table; therapeutic sand-tray, paper easel, wall-size chalkboard, play station controllers, CD player with relaxation CDs, scenic ceiling light boxes, sports equipment and a game table.
 
The WCA Mental Health rewards room is a first-of-its-kind in the area, designed to provide children with a token economy environment when they exhibit positive behavior.

“Studies have shown that when positive-based support strategies are implemented, children benefit by having an environment that is conducive to learning,” said Bradford Frank, M.D., board certified Psychiatrist, and chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at WCA.  “When care-providers use a rewards system to increase desirable behavior, children develop better relationships and learn to engage in positive adaptive behaviors more often.”

“There is never a substitute for words of praise and encouragement, but rewards are most meaningful when given along with positive reassurance,” adds Patricia McClennan, WCA Hospital Counselor III.  “Our mission is to assist our child and adolescent patients to successfully return to a supportive living environment, and provide their families tools and resources to effectively cope with mental health illness. Thanks to the generosity of Crèche and those who support their vision, we are able to teach and reinforce skills in a positive environment.  Our clinical staff assists the families of our patients in generalizing these skills and behaviors to their home environment.”

For more than a century, Crèche has raised money to provide for needy children in Chautauqua County.  Every year, in addition to helping needy children in the greater Jamestown area, the Crèche Hospital Committee helps fulfill wishes from child-related departments at WCA. 

“It is only through the commitment of the people of our community that we are able to reach out to hospitalized children and reduce some of the normal anxiety that they may experience during their hospital stay,” says Amy Turner, Crèche Hospital Committee Chair.  “We are proud to be able to make these types of contributions to the hospital. It is comforting to know that our efforts will help those in need.”

WCA Hospital’s adolescent inpatient mental health program is a comprehensive service designed to restore health and improve the lives of patients age 5 to 17.  The program offers a full range of high quality, mental health treatment to patients, and their families.
 
 
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