St. Mary’s Hospital for Children today announced it has been awarded a Major Grant in the amount of $10,000 from The Provident Bank Foundation to support their Wheelchair Clinic.

St. Mary’s was selected to receive the grant based on the specialized care needs of children in Queens and surrounding areas. The St. Mary’s Wheelchair Clinic program was launched in July 2022 to support kids in the community who use wheelchairs and other seating devices. Through the program, a wheelchair clinician from St. Mary’s Hospital for Children will meet with the child and conduct an expert evaluation of the child’s current seating circumstances. The clinician will then arrange for seating modifications they have determined necessary to maximize the child’s comfort and prevent poor health outcomes that can result from inadequate seating.

“St. Mary’s is excited and grateful to partner with The Provident Bank Foundation on this important new program,” said Dan Devine, Director of Institutional Gifts, St. Mary’s Hospital for Children. “At St. Mary’s, we’re always exploring new ways to bring our facility’s programs and services into the community. With this grant from The Provident Bank Foundation, our wheelchair clinicians will be able to change the lives of kids in communities such as Bayside, Astoria, and many more.”

“We are pleased to help further valuable initiatives put forth by local organizations who are working every day to strengthen the lives of residents in our communities,” said Samantha Plotino, Executive Director, The Provident Bank Foundation. “We will continue to provide support to these important organizations that have identified an immediate need in the community and for the individuals they serve.”


About St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children: St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children has been the primary provider of long-term and rehabilitative care for New York’s most critically ill and injured children since the 1870s. St. Mary’s Healthcare System is one of only a handful of organizations around the country that is dedicated to providing intensive rehabilitation, specialized care, and education to children with special needs and life-limiting conditions.

About The Provident Bank Foundation: The Provident Bank Foundation was established in 2003 by Provident Bank to enhance the quality of life in the region through support of not-for-profit groups, institutions, schools and other 501(c)(3) organizations that provide services in communities served by the Bank. Since inception, the Foundation has granted more than $27 million to not-for-profit organizations and institutions working toward stronger communities. For more information, or call (862) 260-3990.