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12/12/11: Centennial Ball raises $427,000 in support of pediatric care

As the culmination of its centennial year, Emerson hosted a dinner dance at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel. The event, titled “Centennial Ball: A Big Party to Benefit Little Patients,” fell on the actual anniversary date of the dedication of the hospital in 1911. In total, $427,000 was raised to support the redevelopment of an expanded, enhanced pediatric department. Ball attendees enjoyed live music by the band Soho, a four-course gourmet meal, and a silent auction with prizes including travel and adventure experiences, professional sports tickets, and more.

“The Centennial Ball was a spectacular evening benefiting the pediatric unit at Emerson,” said Carlisle resident Liza Snell, one of three co-chairs of the event. “The Centennial Ball was a night to celebrate Emerson Hospital’s 100 years of ‘premium care with a personal touch’ and also to benefit the next generation by supporting Emerson’s pediatric unit.”

This year, the silent auction (with more than 60 items) was facilitated using iPads. More than 20 iPad valets oversaw guests’ auction bids.  Attendees were alerted on their cell phones if they were outbid.   Highest bidders for all silent auction items were displayed on plasma TVs throughout the night. General assignment reporter for WBZ-TV David Robichaud served as the guest emcee.

The newly-designed pediatric unit combines significant structural alterations and enhancements that ensure children will have an exceptional hospital experience.    The department will house six patient rooms incorporating features meant to ease anxieties.  These include wall-mounted computer stations installed next to each bed to allow physicians to maintain constant eye contact with each patient and sleep chairs to accommodate overnight stays by parents.

Other specialty rooms will be created, including a new playroom equipped with interactive games and ample soft-seating, and a special treatment room for minor procedures. At the center of the new department will be the office of Emerson’s pediatric intervention team to facilitate private consultations among parents, physicians, and child life specialists.   A new nurses’ station dedicated solely to the needs of pediatric patients will anchor one end of the newly-designed unit.  Throughout, a coordinated color scheme of bright, cheery colors will be used to set a positive, uplifting mood.

Pictured from left to right at the Centennial Ball are Christine Schuster, president and CEO of Emerson, and Ball co-chairs Sandra Curran, Liza Snell, and Denise Haartz.