Marking a decade of impactful work by Sala Institute for Child and Family Centered Care, NYU Langone Health held a “Sala-bration” on November 6. Since its founding in 2013, Sala Institute, an integral component of Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone, has supported healthcare providers in delivering the best care to children and families with the highest safety standards by offering support services and resilience programs, family partnership programs, and safety and quality initiatives.
The event, held at Bohemian National Hall in New York City, raised $2.1 million in vital funds to support and expand Sala’s services, resources, and knowledge, which enhance the medical and surgical care for patients and families at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital. The night included a toast to Sala Institute’s founding donors Trudy Elbaum Gottesman and Robert W. Gottesman from Kenneth G. Langone, chair of the NYU Langone Board of Trustees, and Robert I. Grossman, MD, CEO of NYU Langone and dean of NYU Grossman School of Medicine.
“Sala Institute engages children, families, and clinical teams to ensure that every child’s experience is safe, comfortable, personalized—and the very best,” said Dr. Grossman. “Simply put, there is no Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital without Sala.”
The institute’s name is a tribute to Trudy’s mother, Sala Bierman Elbaum, a Holocaust survivor.
“As we reflect on the first 10 years, Bob and I are immensely proud of Sala’s many accomplishments,” said Trudy Elbaum Gottesman. “Sala will continue to improve the lives of children and their families, when they need it most, and in the years to come.”
In collaboration with clinical teams, Sala Institute leads the following programs and services:
- Sala Child and Family Support Services and Resilience Programs, including child life, creative arts therapies, the KiDS of NYU Foundation Integrated Behavioral Health Program, integrative medicine, nutrition, pain management, palliative care, social work, and spiritual support
- Family Partnership Programs, which influence patient experience through the Sala Family Advisory Council, Sala Youth Advisory Council, and Sala Patient and Family Faculty Program
- Patient Safety and Quality Programs
“Trudy and Bob have been incredibly generous with their time, ideas, and resources in creating and implementing Sala Institute with us,” said Catherine S. Manno, MD, the Pat and John Rosenwald Professor of Pediatrics and chair of the Department of Pediatrics. “Today, Sala is absolutely essential to the medical and surgical care our physicians and surgeons provide to children.”