Senator Flanagan Helps Bring “Splashes Of Hope” to SBUMC Pediatric Unit
Additional Funding Will “Splash” the SBUMC Burn Unit
Front Row, Heather J Buggée “Splashes of Hope” founder, Brianna Corcione of Coram (patient), Diandrea Jenson of Bellport (patient), Kevin Smith of Shirley (patient), Back Row, Senator Flanagan, Dr. Steven Strongwater ,CEO, Dr. Richard N. Fine, Dean, School of Medicine , Dr. Margaret Parker, Director of PICU
STONY BROOK, N.Y., March 26, 2008 – Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined some of the youngest patients at Stony Brook University Medical Center to welcome Splashes of Hope to the 11th Floor Pediatric Unit. The nonprofi
t organization, which brings inspirational artwork to hospitals across the world, “splashed” the pediatric unit with the aid of a grant secured by Senator Flanagan.
The unveiling and dedication of the underwater themed murals and paintings, which took one month of in-studio preparation and one week of installation, brings color and cheer to the patients and families who utilize the unit. The pictures were hand-painted by a variety of artists and are spread throughout the floor to bring cheer to children who are in a situation receiving medical treatment and care.
Splashes of Hope was founded in 1996 by Heather Buggée to create a legacy to a young friend who was bedridden in a local hospital suffering from Hodgkin’s disease. They spoke about how they planned to change the hospital surroundings, and make the institution a place that was more conducive to the healing process. After her friend passed away, Heather decided that she would put their plans into action and established Splashes of Hope.
Impressed by the organization’s goals, Senator Flanagan worked to secure $20,000 in State funding for the organization’s efforts with a portion of that money being used for this project. The remainder of that funding will offset the cost of a therapeutic mural in the Burn …