Young Patients Will Ride in Style to the OR – Helping to Relieve Fear and Anxiety
Having surgery can be stressful for anyone, but especially for children. Thanks to a special donation from Cherry Hill Imports Auto Group, children at Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper will now have a new way to relieve some of their stress and anxiety while preparing for surgery.
Representatives of the auto group visited Cooper on October 17, 2019 to donate three mini, luxury remote-controlled cars – a VW Beetle, a Mercedes, and an Audi. The cars will be used by the children under staff supervision to drive themselves to the Operating Room prior to surgery.
“We want to thank Cherry Hill Imports Auto Group for this wonderful donation,” said Matthew Moront, MD, head of the division of Pediatric Surgery at Cooper. “Being in the hospital is scary for children. Having surgery is scary. Any way that we can relieve children’s anxiety and fear helps to promote healing and recovery. These cars will be important tools in helping us achieve that.”
“As longtime supporters of Cooper, we wanted to do something special for the children, something that would make a difference during their stay,” said Michael Hartung, president of Cherry Hill Imports Auto Group who serves as a member of The Cooper Foundation Board of Trustees along with his daughter, Amanda DiMattia, COO of Cherry Hill Imports Auto Group. “We are proud to support the important work that takes place at Cooper every day.”
“We are most grateful for the entire Hartung family and everyone at Cherry Hill Imports Auto Group,” said Susan Bass Levin, president and CEO of The Cooper Foundation. “We thank you for your friendship and your support of Cooper’s programs and services over the years. Thanks to partners like you we are able to enhance the care we provide to our patients and their families.”