$50m donation from Hassenfeld family makes NYC children’s hospital a reality

Published on: 14th June 2018

Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital – 34th Street was made possible thanks to the founders of Hasbro.

Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital—34th Street, the first children’s hospital built in New York City in nearly 15 years and NYU Langone Health’s new flagship location for pediatric inpatient care, will open on 24th June as part of a new facility, the Helen L. and Martin S. Kimmel Pavilion.

Taking up several floors of Kimmel and accessible through its own entrance, the new hospital is a 160,000-square-foot facility with 68 single-patient rooms – the only pediatric inpatient facility with this feature in Manhattan. More than 400 doctors from 35 specialties will provide inpatient and outpatient care for common and complex childhood conditions as part of NYU Langone’s pediatric department.

The new space will feature colorful artwork inspired by the theme of New York City from a child’s eyes – such as a replica of the Statue of Liberty made entirely of Lego bricks and a three-story sculpture of a Dalmatian balancing a taxicab on it nose. The space will also feature a MyWall interactive screen in every child’s patient room, and dedicated areas for children of all ages including a teen room, a multisensory playroom, an expressive arts room, and Skyline Studio, a broadcast hub where children can create their own multimedia productions.

As the founders of Hasbro, the Hassenfeld family has had a long and fervent connection to philanthropic causes that benefit children. In recognition of their many accomplishments both within and beyond the toy industry, Alan G. Hassenfeld, his brother Stephen, and his father Merrill have all been inducted into The Toy Association’s Toy Industry Hall of Fame.

Steve Pasierb, president and CEO of The Toy Association, commented: “The Hassenfeld Family Foundation continues to demonstrate a deep commitment to improving the lives of children around the world including those who are suffering from critical illnesses, witnessed now by a leadership donation to NYU Langone and creation of the Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital. Bringing joy and the potential healing power of play to children who are facing adverse situations represents both profound caring and innovative philanthropy. The Hassenfeld Family Foundation continues to point the way forward for others.”


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