New York

Mount Sinai Kravis Children's Hospital

Location: 
One Gustave L. Levy Place
New York, NY
Founded: 
2003
Size: 
3,210 sq ft

The Zone at the Kravis Children's Hospital at Mount Sinai is the fifth facility of its kind to be created and funded by Teammates for Kids. Located on the first floor by the elevators, the Zone is a therapeutic and educational environment for patients and families to play, learn, laugh and relax. A professional television production studio is just one example of what makes this warm environment with cutting edge technology, offering a range of activities and opportunities that meet the special needs of children coping with illness and hospitalization.

Mount Sinai's KidZone TV is a state of the art, interactive production and broadcast studio within the children’s hospital that produces live programming at least twice a day, seven days a week, for pediatric patients and families on a dedicated channel. Hospitalized children, who are confined to their rooms, are able twice daily to tune in and participate in KidZone TV programming, which includes live entertainment by musicians, actors, choirs, magicians, and science programs, as well as interactive games that promote learning, socialization, and creativity. Children who are not confined to their rooms can participate as camera operators, storywriters, or hosts of the show, while others have the opportunity to view the program and participate by calling in and answering a question, creating a story, or winning prizes.

Additional support for The Zone comes from the Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation and The Mount Sinai Children's Center Foundation, as well as individual donors committed to helping seriously ill children and their families.

Diane Rode, MPS, CCLS, ATR-BC, LCAT

Director, Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department

Diane Rode is the Director of the Child Life Department at the Kravis Children's Hospital at Mount Sinai, where she oversees Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy programming in Pediatrics and serves on the Pediatric Palliative Care Service. Ms. Rode holds a Masters Degree in Creative Arts Therapy from Pratt Institute, and she is a Board Certified Child Life Specialist and Art Therapist. She is also a National Faculty Leader with the Initiative For Pediatric Palliative Care and has published and lectured widely on art, imagination and illness throughout the United States, Rome, and Brazil.

Ms. Rode is the Executive Producer of Mount Sinai's award winning patient video production program, Through Our Eyes Productions. She is an adjunct faculty instructor at the Bank Street College of Education in the Graduate Child Life Program and has a private creative arts therapy practice for children and families. She is also the Chairperson of the Child Life Council's Clinical Supervision Task Force.