Proceeds will help support Maimonides Children’s Hospital, which includes BK’s only Pediatric Trauma Center

BROOKLYN – Maimonides Health yesterday hosted its annual “Community for Kids” fundraiser. Proceeds from this fundraiser help support Maimonides Children’s Hospital, which is Brooklyn’s only comprehensive children’s hospital and includes the borough’s only Pediatric Trauma Center emergency room. You can learn more about the fundraiser and children’s hospital here.

2022 award recipients with Maimonides Health CEO Ken Gibbs

“As a parent myself, I know there is no worse moment than when your kid needs to go to the ER – and that’s what makes me so proud of what our hardworking staff have been able to achieve for their patients and families across Brooklyn,” said Ken Gibbs, CEO of Maimonides Health. “Having the only pediatric Trauma Center in Brooklyn is a privilege and a responsibility, especially when we know that a trauma center increases chances for survival by 25%. I want to extend a heartfelt thank you on behalf of the entire Maimonides family for the contributions that keep this center open and are allowing us to make it even better.”

This annual event has helped operate Maimonides Children’s hospital and raised funds for the ongoing construction of the new pediatric emergency department, which will be the first free-standing pediatric emergency department in Brooklyn.

This year’s honorees are:

  • Patricia Alegre, RN – Senior Staff Nurse, Pediatric Critical Care, Maimonides Health
  • Alexander Arroyo, MD – Director, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Maimonides Health
  • Dolores Catania – Bravo’s Real Housewives of New Jersey
  • Christopher Vanella – President, Community Electric Service Corp.
  • Douglas Jablon – Executive Vice President, Community Relations & Special Assistant to the President, Maimonides Health

Since its opening in late 2016, the Maimonides Pediatric Trauma Center has seen and treated more than 2,367 children, 1,628 of whom were admitted to the Children’s Hospital. In the Children’s Trauma Center, injured children from across the borough benefit from an extensive set of facilities and personnel which integrate to deliver a system of care, 24 hours a day and seven days a week, year-round. This includes a collection of sophisticated equipment set up precisely to quickly assess, diagnose and treat immediate life-threatening injuries, including performing surgeries if need be. In addition, physicians from subspecialties like Pediatric Orthopedics, Plastic surgery, Neurosurgery, Ear Nose and Throat, and Anesthesiology for emergency operations are on-call at all times. The new pediatric emergency department will help to expand these services.

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About Maimonides Health

Maimonides Health is Brooklyn’s largest healthcare system, serving over 250,000 patients each year through the system’s 3 hospitals, 1800 physicians and more than 80 community-based practices and outpatient centers. The system is anchored by Maimonides Medical Center, one of the nation’s largest independent teaching hospitals and home to centers of excellence in numerous specialties; Maimonides Midwood Community Hospital (formerly New York Community Hospital), a 130 bed adult medical-surgical hospital; and Maimonides Children’s Hospital, Brooklyn’s only children’s hospital and only pediatric trauma center.  Maimonides’ clinical programs rank among the best in the country for patient outcomes, including its Heart and Vascular Institute, Neurosciences Institute, Bone and Joint Center, and Cancer Center.  Maimonides is an affiliate of Northwell Health and a major clinical training site for SUNY Downstate College of Medicine. For additional information, please visit






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