Sala Child & Family Centered Care

We understand that when your child is sick or injured, it affects the wellbeing of your entire family. That’s why we pair the most advanced medical treatment with emotional care for your family at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone. Our approach is based on the feedback and input of families who have entrusted us with the care of their children.
We call this approach “Sala child- and family-centered care,” and it makes all the difference.


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Our Culture of Family-Centered Care

Sala child- and family-centered care is the cultural foundation of Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital and is fostered through the vision, research, and education of the Sala Institute for Child and Family Centered Care.

We believe that the best way to care for children is when patients, families, and healthcare professionals work together as a team. This ongoing collaboration throughout the many moments of care results in safe and high-quality outcomes.

We promise to work with you 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.

Our commitment to Sala child- and family-centered care ensures you and your family have access to a variety of additional services to guide and support your treatment experience, including child life, creative arts therapies, social work, psychology, integrative medicine, pediatric nutrition, pain management, supportive care, and spiritual support.

Our Family Partnership Programs

Our commitment to partnership is present in all that we do.  We incorporate the perspective, experience, and wisdom of teens and families into the design of everything from new physical spaces to innovative programs for patients, families, and staff.

We are grateful to the families and children whose ongoing participation in our Family Partnership Programs—including the Sala Family Advisory Council and Sala Family to Family Hours, Sala Youth Advisory Council, and Sala Patient and Family Faculty Program—make this promise possible.

The following are recent areas of focus to support the practice of Sala child- and family-centered care:

The Sala Story

Sala child- and family-centered care is named to honor the memory of a woman who survived extraordinary circumstances to become a beloved mother. But before she became a mother, Sala lived in Poland at the start of World War II. At 13, she was sent to a labor camp and never again saw her parents, her two younger siblings, or many other members of her family. After the war, she immigrated to the United States with her husband, Izak, also a Holocaust survivor, and devoted the rest of her life—until her death at age 52—to her husband and children. 

The Sala Institute for Child and Family Centered Care was established in 2013 thanks to a leadership gift from Trudy Elbaum Gottesman and Robert Gottesman.

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For more information about Sala child- and family-centered care, please contact us.