The Knapp Swezey Foundation’s recent gift of $2.7 million to Stony Brook Children’s Hospital completed a $9 million matching challenge grant from an anonymous donor. Announced at a September 24 event showcasing the construction progress of its new Children’s Hospital facility, the Knapp gift was part of a $20 million philanthropic contribution from hundreds of community members and businesses.
The Knapps were honored alongside other donors, public officials, young patients and their families, at the future site of the new Stony Brook Children’s Hospital. “Today is a celebration for the children – the past, present and future patients of Stony Brook Children’s Hospital,” said Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD during his remarks at the event. “Stony Brook Children’s ensures that Long Island’s 400,000 children and their families have access to state-of-the-art pediatric services close to home.”
Stony Brook Children’s Hospital is the only dedicated children’s hospital located in the 100 miles between the Nassau/Queens border and Montauk, and the only children’s hospital on Long Island associated with a medical research institution.
The new facility will feature all private family-centric rooms; separate pediatric inpatient areas for oncology, adolescent and intensive care; the general pediatrics unit; a pediatric procedure suite; patient playrooms and a family lounge.
The new hospital will also reflect family-centered, age-appropriate care from highly trained specialists and expand the research frontier toward developing groundbreaking therapies for the cure of childhood disease and disability.