The Meet Me at Mount Sinai program is the first step in introducing young patients to the hospital and surgery. Preparing young patients for surgery is important. In fact, it has been proven that children who are prepared for surgery and have support throughout the hospital experience recover more quickly and have fewer problems than those who are not prepared. This program provides an opportunity for parent and patient to preview the hospital experience and ask questions in a caring setting, so that the patient will be better prepared when it is time for surgery. These sessions are offered in both English and Spanish.
An experienced team that includes a pediatric social worker, a pediatric surgery nurse practitioner, and a child life specialist runs the Meet Me at Mount Sinai program. The pediatric surgery nurse practitioner will perform a pre-operative needs assessment and the pediatric social worker and child life specialist will do a psychosocial evaluation and developmentally appropriate preparation.
This program is designed to meet the young patients' particular needs. Younger children get their own doll to "doctor" along with a play medical kit and a coloring book about hospitals. With these toys, children are guided through each step of the hospital experience. For older children and teenagers, the program is tailored to their individual interests and questions. These sessions tend to be more interactive.