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Generous Artist Makes Lego Donation to Good Samaritan Hospital Pediatrics

July 15th, 2014

A local art teacher at the The Developmental Disabilities Institute in Smithtown, John Lavelle, brightened the day for many pediatric patients at Good Samaritan Hospital when he donated life size Lego characters he made with his art class.

Mr. Lavelle took a tour of the hospital’s unique pediatric unit which includes a colorful outdoor rooftop therapeutic garden that is adjacent to a special playroom. Here, children can play in the fresh air, participate in horticultural therapy, leave their rooms and have access to toys and activities and spend a few minutes just being a kid instead of a patient.

Pictured (L-R): Jeshia Ochoa and her son Steven, Chair of Good Samaritan Pediatrics Catherine Caronia, MD, John Lavelle, Andrew Bradbury and his dad Stephen, Executive Director of The Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation Kelly Albanese-Scherer, Nancy Cecere, RN, Dilys Audrey Whyte, MD and Lisa Jackson, social worker in the outdoor rooftop garden.


Colleen Valdini
Manager, Public and External Affairs
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