St. Christopher's Hospital for Children Announces Partnership with YMCA

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  • Philadelphia, PA-NJ (1888PressRelease) July 23, 2015 - St. Christopher's Hospital for Children is pleased to announce its partnership with Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA as the organization's first Youth Development Pillar sponsor.

    The partnership officially began on July 1, 2015 and will span for three years. This is the first time that St. Christopher's has been a sponsor of the YMCA and the first pediatric hospital to take on a pillar sponsorship for the YMCA.

    Through the partnership, St. Christopher's will be present in over 90 Child Care locations, KidZones at the Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA's 17 branches, Camp Speers YMCA in the Poconos, Summer Day Camp, Camp Olympics, and will participate in several outreach initiatives, including providing helpful educational resources to the families of the YMCA.

    Throughout the year, St. Christopher's will also conduct screenings, such as sports physicals, dental van and eye mobile screenings, and hearing and speech screenings.

    Additionally, St. Christopher's plans to participate in several of the YMCA's community events, including Splash Week and Healthy Kids Day. St. Christopher's staff will also work with coaches and participants in youth sports at the Y, serving as a resource when it comes to athletic injuries.

    "We're thrilled to begin this partnership with the Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA," says Mark McLoone, St. Christopher's newly-appointed CEO. "St. Christopher's and the YMCA have a strong history of providing quality and family-centered care and services to children and families in and around Philadelphia. Both organizations are committed to providing the resources children need to live healthy and strong lives. We're honored to partner with an organization that shares our dedication to the community and look forward to supporting the many activities at the YMCA."

    The Freedom Valley YMCA is comprised of 20 YMCA facilities located throughout the Delaware Valley. For more information, please visit

    About St. Christopher's Hospital for Children
    Since 1875, St. Christopher's Hospital for Children has been providing exceptional patient care and advancing new pediatric treatments through research and innovation. Through affiliations with Drexel University College of Medicine, Temple University School of Medicine, and Albert Einstein Medical Center, St. Christopher's is a teaching hospital helping to train the next generation of professionals in pediatric medicine. For more than 60 years, the hospital has been dedicated to not only the education and training of physicians; but, that of nurses and other allied health professionals.

    St. Christopher's is a 189-bed hospital that is committed to delivering high quality patient-centered care to children throughout the greater Delaware Valley. It has a full range of pediatric subspecialists to support the care of its patients and the families it serves. Its highly acclaimed programs include the highest level of pediatric trauma care and neonatal care, a Heart Center, Oncology unit and the only dedicated pediatric burn center in the region. St. Christopher's also has one of the busiest emergency departments for children in the country, with over 70,000 annual visits.

    St. Christopher's once again achieved Magnet status in 2014 and numerous awards to St. Christopher's physicians, who are frequently recognized in regional and national publications as "Top Docs" in their fields of expertise. In 2014, St. Christopher's was the only pediatric hospital in the state and one of only nine nationally to be listed as a Top Children's Hospital by The Leapfrog Group. The Leapfrog Top Children's Hospital award is given to hospitals that demonstrate excellence in hospital safety and quality and is given to less than seven percent of eligible hospitals.

    St. Christopher's recently opened the Center for the Urban Child, which provides children with comprehensive services to help break the cycles of food insecurity, violence and childhood illness. Construction is currently underway for another facility, the Critical Care Tower, opening in 2016. The Critical Care Tower will feature advanced technology while incorporating families' needs and will house 50 critical care and 60 NICU beds.

    To learn more about St. Christopher's, visit or call 215-427-5000 or 1-888-CHRISKIDS (247-4754). Find us on social media at,,,, and on instagram at ( @ ) stchrismarketing and twitter at ( @ ) stchrishospital dot

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