News and Events – July 2023

Gearing up for Camp Rise Up

August 27-September 1, 2023: As we get ready to say goodbye to summer, Camp Rise Up campers will say hello to a week of outdoor recreation, self-care and making new friends in a beautiful rural environment. The Floating Hospital’s Camp Rise Up, now in its fifth year, is free to families living in homeless shelters, domestic violence safe houses and other temporary housing. During an exhilarating, activity-packed week, campers stretch their minds and their bodies: canoeing, hiking, zip-lining and s’mores are on the agenda, along with interactive classroom lessons, workshops and outdoor games designed to foster personal strength, self-esteem and help them stay in school. 63% of this year’s estimated 80 campers are alumni, a data point we are proud of (and encouraged by).

Camp director Dr. Meghan Miller says, “It’s an educational experience under the guise of a fun getaway. And the camp has far-reaching impact, something we hoped for when we first created it.”

The camp experience also includes a special leadership track where young people receive advanced lessons on critical thinking, behavior management, social justice and coaching. This August, we welcome 15 campers who have completed that training and are returning as counselors in training or counselors.

Camp does not end with the bus ride home. Monthly check-ins and several in-person recreational outings throughout the year reinforce teachings and strengthen connections.

Camp Rise Up is life-changing, an unencumbered opportunity for young people to learn about themselves, test their capabilities and open their hearts to a hopeful future.

Says former camper and current counselor José Miranda: “I’ve been a patient at The Floating Hospital, and I’ve been a camper, and now I’m a staff member. I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunities camp has given me. I’m in a good spot right now.”

Wish you were there? This video will help you experience a bit of Camp Rise Up joy.

Camp Rise Up is supported primarily by funding from private foundations and individual donations; here are some ways you can help a kid experience a summer to remember:

Entertainment and education in the waiting room

Studies have demonstrated the success of the patient waiting room as a learning environment—an interactive model that The Floating Hospital’s staff of certified health educators uses to relay information and engage patients. We’re happy to announce that we’ve entered into an agreement with Foundry360, a content publisher, that will produce videos on health and wellness topics uniquely customized for our patient population. Foundry360 is a division of DotDash Meredith, America’s largest digital and print publisher, with a monthly audience of nearly 200 million and a notable roster of titles (Better Homes & Gardens, Health, Very Well Health, Parents, People, Real Simple and The Spruce are a few).

Working closely with Dr. Meghan Miller, Director of Health Education, Dr. Shani Andre, Executive VP of Clinical Administration and Chief Medical Officer and Barbara LaPlaca, VP of Communications and Marketing, Foundry360 will create and curate targeted health and wellness content for patient viewing and interaction while they are in our clinic.

Our health education department has deep experience conducting patient workshops and classes on a wide range of topics for the entire family in homeless shelters, community centers, New York City public schools and our health education classroom. The waiting room screens will allow us to extend and amplify our programming while providing entertainment and enhancing patients’ in-clinic experience.

Planned topics include information on nutrition, general preventative health, managing chronic medical conditions and emotional/mental health.

2023 sponsors and donors

Martin Tuchman • John MaltzRobert Kelly The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Inc. Alera Group Prounis Fine Jewelry CohnReznick Kaufman Astoria Studios Henry Schein Ford of Queens Lincoln of Queens John Starks KiaMazda of Valley Stream Irish America MagazineFirstNetDoug and Karen Seidman Spring Bank The New York School for Medical and Dental AssistantsThe Seed Dominick DeLorenzo Winston Resources Matrix Quest DiagnosticsTechnico Construction Services, Inc. Epstein Becker & Green • WPIX-11 • Beltramini FamilySarajane Brittis, PhD Sean T. Granahan, Esq. Gloria JacksonLaPlaca Hardy FamilyShannon and Philip LaRocco Amy De Shong

A swell Summer Benefit Gala

Friends, supporters and staff gathered at the elegant Metropolitan Club, for a sparkling evening of music, scrumptious food and raising funds to support our vital “more than healthcare” services. Emmy-award winning investigative reporter Monica Morales of PIX-11 served as the enthusiastic emcee for the second year in a row. Guest speakers KiAnna Wilson and José Miranda, two young Hospital staff members who got their start with us as Camp Rise Up campers, inspired us all. Dapper auctioneer Lucas Hunt kept track of the paddle raise pledges as they flowed in (the scene was exciting and inspiring). The Duke Ellington Legacy Band, featuring Edward Ellington III, provided an elegant soundtrack perfectly suited to our Jazz Age theme.

We thank our sponsors, paddle raise participants, donors, board members, gala committee, staff and attendees whose support keeps our mission of care and relief for deserving New York City families.

President Sean T. Granahan celebrates 20 years with The Floating Hospital

On June 6, we marked a celebratory milestone for the Hospital: 20 years since Sean T. Granahan, Esq. came aboard as General Counsel. Roughly a year after that appointment, and at a moment of crisis for the organization, Granahan was made Floating Hospital president (while retaining the title of General Counsel). The ensuing two decades under his leadership saw a refocus on primary care for families, our historic “more than healthcare” programs like Camp Rise Up and Life Skills, and an expansion of the Floating Hospital’s free transportation network, the Good Health Shuttle. If the past two decades are any indication, great things lie ahead for our patients.

This post featured in our monthly newsletter from March/April 2023.

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The Floating Hospital provides high-quality healthcare to anyone who needs it regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, immigration or insurance status, or the ability to pay. By providing unrestricted medical care in tandem with health education and social support to vulnerable New York City families, The Floating Hospital aims to ensure those most in need have the ability to thrive, not just survive.


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