Hospital Outreach

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Soaringwords is collaborating with more than 196 hospitals. We provide fun, creative and educational activities both in person and online based on positive psychology concepts that enhance the well-being of patients worldwide.

 Soaringwords’ positive interventions guide and empower patients and parents while the child is hospitalized and when they return home. These empirically-based interventions provide humanity and agency (a sense of control) for patients, parents and the healthcare professionals who support them.

Proven Programs, Empirically Validated Content:
Soaringwords has shared in-person activities in pediatric playrooms, waiting rooms, and individual patient rooms with more than 250,000 patients. Soaringwords also has a positive psychology educational video library covering many topics for patients, families and healthcare professionals. Watch Soaringwords latest video with Dr. Rich Tedeschi on Post Traumatic Growth.

Soaringwords invites everyone – ill children and their families, healthy children and volunteers – to engage in “pay it forward” activities to help others in need, which enables patients to transcend suffering and experience a greater sense of well-being and resilience.

Soaringwords’ has pioneered a new positive psychology construct called SOAR to enhance patient well-being. National research study results on the efficacy of this model to enhance patient well-being is detailed in our Soaringwords Capstone study.

S  is for somatic: taking physical action and feeling emotional engagement.
O is for empirically measured outcomes.
A is for agency and altruism, a sense of control in choosing to engage in an altruistic activity for another person.
R is for reciprocity and resilience. Reciprocity is feeling deeply connected to others in personal and emotional ways (Grant, 2013). Resilience is the capacity to prevail in the face of difficultly and is measure of heightened well-being (Reivich & Shatte, 2003). Reciprocity and resilience strengthen patients’ coping capacity for present and future challenges.

Reciprocity Model:

reciprocity

Zumba:
Soaringwords is also collaborating with Zumba Fitness to share free monthly Soaringwords + Zumba Fitness classes in hospitals around the world. Contact heal@soaringwords.org to learn how to bring this to your hospital.

Testimonials:
The programming provided by Lisa and her team at Soaringwords provides countless hours of substantive Soaringwords activities to the pediatric patients at Cohen Children’s Medical Center. The purpose of the program is to help make hospitalization easier for the children and families and compliment the services provided by the CCMCNY staff. Lisa and her specially trained team members help bring engaging and creative activities that help turn a traumatic hospital experience into one that is positive and hopeful.

Lisa and the Soaringwords team have implemented and developed the program’s goals which give pediatric patients and siblings the opportunity to have a little normalcy and fun while they battle their illness and challenges. Her knowledge and creativity enabled her to improve the program, think outside of the box to meet the varying developmental needs of our patients, and elevate the quality of her program by brining unique activities to our soaring days.

Organization, positivity, kindness, and friendliness are some of her strengths that afford her the ability to run such an effective program. Lisa is sincere and dedicated to help children and families adjust to an environment that is not typical. Soaringwords has been successfully implemented at Cohen Children’s Medical Center for several years and we look forward to more uplifting activities. –AnnMarie DiFrancesca, M.S., C.C.L.S., Director, Child Life and Creative Art Therapies Program, Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of NY

We at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital would like to thank Soaringwords and Zumba Fitness for generously providing our patients and families a free class once a month. Our kids love this chance to dance, be silly, have fun and just really be kids again. They can forget about being in the hospital and all the scary things that come with that experience for the one hour class. The way that all the instructors (Richard and company) engage the children and make it fun for them touches our hearts. Again, we would like to thank you so much for this amazing privilege! Over the years, hundreds of our patients have enjoyed receiving and creating SoaringSuperheroes, haikus and other projects which gives them a sense of purpose and meaning to make something for another patient. They have also been delighted to receive the gorgeous and colorful quilts and pillows filled with beautiful artwork and inspiring messages. Katelynn Torres, Child Life Specialist, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital

We are trying to get our children to move because this accelerates the process of healing. Our hospital is strongly committed to promoting wellness so we frequently recruit outpatients and families to join in the free Soaringwords + Zumba Fitness classes each month. Parents that are here for a long time really appreciate the opportunity to get out of their child’s hospital room and have fun and be with other people and dance. It’s a tremendous motivator for our staff who do so much to care for others, this is the one hour each month that we can take care of ourselves. We love Soaringwords and Zumba Fitness and are so grateful to be part of the fun. –Darlene Kelly, Director Recreation Therapy/Child Life Department, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Chicago

The SoaringQuilts and SoaringPillows serve as a life line connecting healthy kids to hospitalized children in a personal and meaningful way. All of the Soaringwords activities — such as creating SoaringFables, SoaringMessages and SoaringGardens – motivate hospitalized and healthy children to create innovative and unique opportunities to connect with other hospitalized patients. –Elizabeth Gombar, Media Relations Specialist, Children’s Medical Center in Dallas

We would like to thank you and the wonderful delegation who came to visit the patients yesterday. The quilts and pillows were thoughtful and the patients loved them. I know the children are grateful for you taking the time to put together an event like this. The children who decorated them should be proud of their work. –Rechelle Bonaparte and Jennifer Ricca, Child Life Specialists, Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center

We are extremely excited to be working with such a tremendous program. We believe this program is extremely helpful for the children cared for at Wishard as well as for the children of the Indianapolis Public School system, many of whom are also our patients. –Dr. Philip Merk, Chief of Pediatrics, Wishard Health Services, and Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine, Indiana School of Medicine, Wishard Health Services

On behalf of the little ones at Texas Children’s Hospital, thank you for the wonderful handmade SoaringQuilts and SoaringPillows that were decorated especially for our patients. They were a wonderful example of love at work. You can see that the backbone of Soaringwords is using positive phrases to inspire the ill children and their families. It was such a pleasure to see all of our volunteers busily visiting with our children and their families. As Soaringwords recognized when a child is ill, his or her entire family is in crisis. Having a soft snuggly quilt helps to make the hospital feel a little more like home and also make the families very happy. In addition, a message is sent to the parents. That message is that people care about their children and are willing to take the time to make their stay in the hospital brighter. Individuals like you enable us to fulfill our vision: to provide the finest possible pediatric patient care, education and research to all the children who come to us for help. Your interest, encouragement and support are vital to Texas Children’s Hospital and to the ambitious goals we have established. –Pat Dolan, Director of Volunteer Services & Spiritual Care, Texas Children’s Hospital

On behalf of the doctors and nurses in the Pediatric Emergency Service at The Children’s Hospital of New York Presbyterian—Weill Cornell Medical Center, I would like to extend our sincere gratitude and appreciation to Soaringwords for visiting our unit, and for reading SoaringFables to the children and spending time with them. We also appreciate your beautiful and talented SoaringMurals and art-work filled with warm colors and a bright theme. Caring for a sick or injured child is always a challenge, but being able to share a bit of happiness, and to see the faces of the children light up when they receive attention and care is the greatest gift of all. We wish you and your family the very best. I look forward to working together on similar projects in the future. –Shari L. Platt, MD, Director, Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Children’s Hospital of New York Presbyterian, Weill Cornell Medical Center

Thank you for sharing the Soaringwords Hillel Birthright Israel tzedek program with our patients. I know that the quilts and pillows touched hundreds of families with kindness and joy. Many newborns will be going home wrapped in the beautiful red and white quilts with such nice words of hope. Many of our patients do not have money to buy these items—those lovely gifts will be so very appreciated. Our pediatric patients often do not get a lot of visitors. The quilts, pillows and messages meant so much to them. Thank you and the students at Hillel’s Birthright Israel program for choosing our patients for this special project. Sincerely, Becky Perez, Hadassah Medical Center

The SoaringQuilts and SoaringPillows serve as a life line connecting healthy kids to hospitalized children in a personal and meaningful way. These beautiful red and white patchworks quilts and pillows transform a cold and sterile hospital bed into a cozy and warm place for ill kids. –Michelle Brauntuch, Child Life Specialist, Englewood Hospital, former President, Child Life of Greater New York

My name is Deniese Alejandro and am the auntie of 5 day old UCSF cardio ICU patient Shaun Sasser. I was asked to contact you by his parents Ericka Sasser and David Rios. They truly appreciate the quilt that was donated to Shaun this week. Ericka called me crying trying to express how thoughtful this was and wondered how she could tell your organization thank you from the bottom of their hearts! –Deniese Alejandro, Ericka Sasser, David Rios and Shaun Sasser

Hello. My daughter is 13 and is at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in NYC. Today is her third day here and she really wants to go home. Then, a lady appeared with this beautifully soft quilt asking if my daughter wanted one. She loves it and said “I feel so loved.” She really loves the drawings and how soft the material is… So do I. I want to thank you very much for helping my daughter make it through this ordeal. She is being diagnosed with epilepsy while here and we have a long row to hoe, as they say. She will always have this quilt to remember something good coming from here!Best wishes, Louise