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Summer Squeeze: State Farm Agents Donate 100 Teddy Bears To Patients At Stony Brook Long Island Children’s Hospital

Originally Posted: July 25, 2011

Pictured, with some of the Teddy Bears, are from left, back row: Michael Attard, Child Life specialist; Jeralyn Sigwart, R.N., Nurse Manger, Pediatrics; Maribeth Chitkara, M.D., Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics; Steven Strongwater, M.D., CEO, Stony Brook University Hospital; Debra Grimm, M.S., R.N., Associate Director of Nursing, Medicine, Emergency Department, and Children’s Hospital; State Farm Insurance agents Alice White, Jeff Horan, and Lynne Barnhardt. Front row: Patient Brooke Albani; Caitlin Boyle, Child Life specialist; patient Liam McGuire, and Lauren Sharaby, Child Life specialist. (Courtesy Photo: Sam Levitan)

Stony Brook - A delivery of 100 Teddy Bears to pediatric patients treated at Stony Brook Long Island Children's Hospital from a group of Nassau County State Farm Insurance agents - who refer to themselves as SWAAT (State Farm Women Agents Are There) - brightened the season for the hospitalized kids. The summer surprise put a smile on the children's faces. SWAAT contributes to charitable causes for women and children's issues.

About Stony Brook Long Island Children's Hospital
Established in June 2010, Stony Brook Long Island Children's Hospital is Suffolk County's only children's hospital. More than 7,000 children and adolescents are admitted each year. Stony Brook Children's operates 100 pediatric beds and has more than 100 full time pediatric physicians and surgeons and over 200 voluntary pediatric faculty members in 30 different specialties. The hospital is the Level 4 Regional Perinatal Center for our area and has a Level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. It is home to the nation's first Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Center and also offers a Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Program, Pediatric Cardiology Program, Pediatric HIV and AIDS Center, Cystic Fibrosis Center and the Cody Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities.

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