Since its founding in 2013, Sala Institute has profoundly influenced and complemented excellence in clinical care across Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital and supports healthcare providers to deliver the best child- and family-centered care with the highest safety standards.
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When you contribute to Sala Institute, you help support the health and wellbeing of children and families.
We work with parents to manage your child’s healthcare needs, and we welcome you as full partners in conversations and decisions about your child’s treatment. As a parent, you know your child best, and your perspectives and participation are vital to the wellbeing of your child.
Sala Institute Programs and Resources
Sala Institute designs, promotes, and funds vital services in child and family support, resilience, safety, quality, and family partnership through a proven process that includes the following:
engaging with children and their families to understand their physical and emotional needs during times of complex or chronic illness
partnering with children and families to create tools and strategies for addressing those needs
sharing these resources and tools at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital and beyond
In collaboration with our frontline providers, our patients, and their families, Sala Institute leads the following programs and services:
Sala Institute for Child and Family Centered Care was created in 2013 through a leadership gift from Trudy Elbaum Gottesman and Robert Gottesman. It is a loving tribute to Trudy’s mother, Sala Bierman Elbaum.
Sala lived in Poland and was 13 years old when World War II began. At 16 years old, she was sent to slave labor and concentration camps. Tragically, Sala’s parents, two younger siblings, and almost all of her extended family were killed in the Holocaust.
After the war, she met and married Izak Elbaum, also a Holocaust Survivor. Together they immigrated to the United States in 1949, made a home in New York City, and raised three children. Sala devoted the rest of her life to her family, friends, and community until her death in 1978 at age 52.
Although Sala endured unimaginable suffering and loss, her warmth, resilience, and compassion prevailed. Her name epitomizes a caring, healing presence in a child’s life, and today that spirit is at the heart of Sala Institute.
Sala Institute Collaboration with Professionals
At Sala Institute for Child and Family Centered Care, we value collaboration with our professional colleagues who care for children across the nation and are equally committed to advancing the care of children. Our expertise is organized around four areas of focus: experience, child-family support services and resilience, quality and safety, and education and innovation.
“In partnership with health professionals, patients, and families, we create innovative programs to power extraordinary care. This is the Sala difference.”
Fiona H. Levy, MD, MBA, Executive Director; Patient Experience, Quality, and Safety; Sala Institute
As part of our commitment to innovation, we leverage expertise from schools across NYU and beyond by convening our Sala Institute National Expert Advisory Panel (NEAP). Comprised of nationally recognized thought leaders and experts, the NEAP meets annually to reflect on and advance our mission-driven initiatives.
We invite you to read the most recent NEAP meeting proceedings. For more information about our professional collaborations, please contact Michele Lloyd, vice president of children’s services and Sala Institute, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sala Institute for Child and Family Centered Care is led by experts in child-family support services and resilience programming for children, quality improvement, patient safety and family partnerships.
Chair of the Department of Pediatrics and Pat and John Rosenwald Professor of Pediatrics | Pediatric Hematology—Oncology
Catherine S. Manno, MD is an internationally recognized pediatric hematologist who helped to develop pioneering approaches for the treatment of bleeding disorders. She was recruited to NYU Langone Health in 2008 as Chair of the Department of Pediatrics and Physician-in-Chief of Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone. Along with Michele Lloyd, she provides senior leadership to Sala Institute for Child and Family Centered Care.
Dr. Manno came to NYU Langone from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where she had been a faculty member for over 20 years. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a member of the American Pediatric Society, a former Chair of the NIH-NHLBI Program Project Review Committee, and a member of the Board of the American Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs.
Vice President for Children’s Services and Sala Institute for Child and Family Centered Care
Ms. Lloyd has been the senior leader of Children’s Services at NYU Langone Health since 2012. She is responsible for ensuring the strategy and operations for the seamless integration of programs and services for children and their families across Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital. In collaboration with the Children’s Services leadership team, she oversees the key priority areas of patient safety and quality, child and family experience, program growth, and financial sustainability. Along with Dr. Catherine S. Manno, she provides senior leadership to Sala Institute for Child and Family Centered Care.
Executive Director of Patient Experience, Safety and Quality | Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Fiona Howard Levy, MD, is a nationally recognized leader in the field of patient safety and quality and has held numerous leadership roles including chair of the Patient Safety Team for the Child Health Patient Safety Organization and member of the Children’s Hospital Association Quality and Performance Committee of the Board of Trustees.
She was recruited to NYU Langone Health in 2014 as Executive Director of Sala Institute for Child and Family Centered Care at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone. She oversees a team of diverse leaders to develop and implement innovative programs in the areas of pediatric patient experience, safety, and quality. She also serves as Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs for the Department of Pediatrics at NYU Grossman School of Medicine.
Director of Child-Family Services and Resilience Programs | Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Ron-Li Liaw, MD, is a nationally recognized expert in child and family mental health and wellbeing. She serves as a family engagement and improvement advisor for the American Board of Pediatrics Foundation’s Resilience Roadmap Pilot Collaborative, and is an inaugural member of the Center to Advance Palliative Care’s National Pediatric Palliative Care Planning Committee.
Dr. Liaw holds several key leadership roles at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone, including Director of Child-Family Services and Resilience Programs for Sala Institute for Child and Family Centered Care. She oversees a team of diverse leaders to develop and implement innovative integrative programs to support exceptional care for children and families. Dr. Liaw joined Sala Institute in 2013.