Family Newsletter

View some highlights from our Fall 2017 Newsletter or download the Newsletter (PDF) below!

Fall 2017 Newsletter

Party Time!

St. Mary’s kids know how to have fun! Whether at Family Fun Day, St. Mary’s Kids Rock Star Pageant, Autumn Festival or Trick or Treating, the families at St. Mary’s come out in force. Here are some family highlights from the last few months.

Next Family Day at St. Mary’s is Sunday, January 14th!

2:00 – 3:30 Family Advisory Council & Sibling Hour (RSVP Required)
3:30 – 5:00 Family Fun Day

For more information and to RSVP contact Kristen Lopez at 718.281.8826 or

Our Commitment to Patient – and Family-Centered Care

Over the course of 2017 the staff at St. Mary’s have remained committed to creating a more patient and family centered culture here at St. Mary’s. The year started off with building partnerships between staff and families through the simple yet meaningful act of learning each others names. The next initiative focused on our communication – specifically our ability to listen.

Staff had to opportunity to listen to family’s experiences of having a child with complex medical needs. As the year comes to a close we will all be focused on the concept of mindfulness. Holidays can often be a time of increased stress for parents and families. This holiday season we will be focusing on self-care, stress reduction, and resilience through the practice of mindfulness.

All Parents and Adult Caregivers are invited to join us for a mindfulness based stress reduction/relaxation workshop

Thursday, December 28th at 11:30 am
First Floor Meditation Room.
Space is limited, please RSVP to Kristen Lopez at 718.281.8826 or

What’s New at St. Mary’s

Thanks to a generous grant from the New York City Council, we are pleased to announce the addition of a C-Arm, a piece of medical equipment that is used to complete modified barium swallow (MBS) studies. A MBS is an X-ray video that shows how a child swallows various foods and liquids. The study provides detailed information on how safely a child can eat and drink. If your child’s medical team or speech language pathologist wants a better understanding of how your child swallows foods and liquids they may recommend this test. St. Mary’s is thrilled to be able to add this service to the comprehensive feeding and swallowing program so we can continue to help your child reach their feeding goals. For more information please contact Jessica Shaw, Assistant Director of Rehab, at (718)281-8738.