In August of 2006, we were able to care for four ventilator-dependent children. This count increased to eight children by the end of 2009 and then, when we relocated from Manhattan to our present home in Yonkers in 2012, we increased this number to 18.
Now, with our eyes on the future, we will soon nearly triple this number to accommodate even more of New York State’s ventilator-dependent children. As of July 2014, we already had a waiting list of 27 children and their families seeking admission. Seventy percent (70%) of this waiting list includes children who are currently residing in facilities that are located outside of New York State.
The Hummingbird Campaign, a $6 million philanthropic effort initiated by the St. Elizabeth Seton Children’s Foundation, will unite 32 ventilator-dependent children with their parents and loved ones once again.
To do this, the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center and the John A. Coleman School are expanding. We broke ground on our $24 million expansion on November 11, 2015 and we expect to be move-in ready June 2017. This new, three-story addition will make the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center the largest provider of pediatric ventilator care in New York State; we will be able to care for a total of 50 ventilator-dependent children, which will bring the total number of children served by the Pediatric Center to 169. In addition, the John A. Coleman School, which serves the residents of the Pediatric Center in Yonkers, will add more classrooms to educate these 32 new residents. Click here to make a donation in support of the Hummingbird Campaign.