New York, NY—July 30, 2015
Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), Crutches 4 Kids (C4K) and the government of the Dominican Republic today announced a historic partnership aimed at helping individuals living with mobility issues. Through this initiative, HSS and C4K provides a supply of crutches and other mobility devices while the Dominican Republic government distributes the devices at public hospitals and medical centers to populations in need.
"We are grateful for the altruistic work Crutches 4 Kids and Hospital for Special Surgery is doing. They are providing a form of sustenance to children around the world and I am sure that together we will declare this country free of need for crutches, for the benefit of all the Dominican children," said Vice President Margarita Cedeño de Fernández. Many thousands of people in the Dominican Republic live with physical ailments, many of whom require use of crutches and other mobility devices. Vice President Cedeño de Fernández has dedicated much of her public life towards helping disadvantaged populations in the country, with a particular focus on women and children. Her efforts will continue with the help of HSS and C4K.
"We are honored to be partnering with Vice President Cedeño de Fernández to help with the mobility issues impacting many Dominican families each year," said Stacey Malakoff, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at HSS. "By participating in this initiative, we are moving one step closer to improving the livelihood of individuals who are tasked with overcoming daily mobility obstacles."
Due to factors like, inaccessible medical centers, high medical costs, and a lack of in-country supply, there are currently more than 50 million children in the world that need but do not have access to crutches. Many of these children have been afflicted by tragedies, including natural disaster, war and disease.
"I’ve seen it firsthand. A pair of crutches can change a child’s life," said Dr. Ken Shubin Stein, Co-founder of Crutches 4 Kids. "What’s really exciting about this partnership with the Dominican Republic is that we are working towards eradicating a completely solvable problem in the country, making a tangible impact."
The partnership launched at the Hospital Traumatológico Dr. Ney Arias Lora in Santo Domingo, which currently serves as one of the main trauma hospitals in the Dominican Republic. Nearly one hundred children were fitted for and took home crutches provided by HSS and C4K.
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HSS is the world’s leading academic medical center focused on musculoskeletal health. At its core is Hospital for Special Surgery, nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics (for the ninth consecutive year) and No. 3 in rheumatology by U.S.News & World Report (2018-2019). Founded in 1863, the Hospital has one of the lowest infection rates in the country and was the first in New York State to receive Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center four consecutive times. The global standard total knee replacement was developed at HSS in 1969. An affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College, HSS has a main campus in New York City and facilities in New Jersey, Connecticut and in the Long Island and Westchester County regions of New York State. In 2017 HSS provided care to 135,000 patients and performed more than 32,000 surgical procedures. People from all 50 U.S. states and 80 countries travelled to receive care at HSS. In addition to patient care, HSS leads the field in research, innovation and education. The HSS Research Institute comprises 20 laboratories and 300 staff members focused on leading the advancement of musculoskeletal health through prevention of degeneration, tissue repair and tissue regeneration. The HSS Global Innovation Institute was formed in 2016 to realize the potential of new drugs, therapeutics and devices. The culture of innovation is accelerating at HSS as 130 new idea submissions were made to the Global Innovation Institute in 2017 (almost 3x the submissions in 2015). The HSS Education Institute is the world’s leading provider of education on the topic on musculoskeletal health, with its online learning platform offering more than 600 courses to more than 21,000 medical professional members worldwide. Through HSS Global Ventures, the institution is collaborating with medical centers and other organizations to advance the quality and value of musculoskeletal care and to make world-class HSS care more widely accessible nationally and internationally.