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Two Upstate photographs win spotlight in national Children’s Hospital Association exhibit

Two Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital photographs have been selected to be a part of the national Children’s Hospital Association photography exhibit. Represented in the more than 180 photo submissions were 40 children’s hospitals spanning the country.

Winning photographs were selected by a panel of judges, including photo directors for Parents magazine, National Geographic Kids and Positive Exposure, and the Children’s Hospitals Today editorial and advisory board. The photographs highlight medical innovation, compassion, teamwork and the sheer joy and resilience of patients and their families.

“Brothers and Sister with Medical Dolls” by Kathleen Paice Froio features brothers, Michael and Trevor, and their sister, Beth, in a medical play session with Certified Child Life Specialist Margaret Zick. Michael and Trevor both have cystic fibrosis and endure frequent hospitalizations at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. Medical play focusing on dolls allows the boys to share with their sister what it’s like to have a chronic disease and helps break down the fear and anxiety that can accompany required treatments. The Child Life Program is an integral part of the multi-disciplinary approach, the core of our area’s only children’s hospital.

“Girl in Doctor’s Coat” by Robert Mescavage features Miraja, a five-year-old from Syracuse. In 2016, Upstate opened a new space dedicated to the emergency care of pediatric patients, branching apart from the adult emergency room. Miraja’s mom, Rasheda Wright, allowed her daughter to participate in a photo shoot featuring the new space. Miraja helped the photographer capture the diverse pediatric population the medical staff from Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital serves on a daily basis. The expansion allowed the pediatric emergency department to double in size, featuring 18 private exam rooms and a capacity to serve 24 patients. Upstate’s pediatric ER logs roughly 27,000 visits a year. The Upstate Foundation raised more than $1 million dollars for the renovation.

Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital Medical Director Thomas Welch, MD, said, “We are so proud once again to have photos from Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital selected for this prestigious exhibit. Many folks in the community know of the great things we do here daily, but it is only through images such as these that people have a ‘window’ into what makes us so special.”

The Children’s Hospital Association exhibit will be on public display in Washington, D.C., July 10 to 14 in the Rotunda of the Russell Senate Office Building and July 17 and 18 in the Foyer of the Rayburn House Office Building.

The exhibit will travel for a period of two years throughout the country, typically featured in communities served by a children’s hospital. The exhibit to be displayed on the Upstate campus will be held this coming fall.

Visit Children’s Hospital Association for the complete exhibit.

Caption: The photograph titled, “Brothers and Sister with Medical Dolls” by Kathleen Paice Froio, above, features brothers, Michael and Trevor, and their sister, Beth, in a medical play session with Certified Child Life Specialist Margaret Zick.

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