On Sunday, August 21, Chai Lifeline unveiled the newly-renovated Silber and Scheiner Families Medical Center at Camp Simcha in Glen Spey, NY. Hundreds of campers, counselors, staff, and friends were on hand to celebrate the year-long project, which was dedicated by Mendy and Barbara Silber of Lawrence, NY.
“The Silber and Scheiner Families Medical Center serves as the heart of Camp Simcha and Camp Simcha Special,” said Rabbi Simcha Scholar, CEO of Chai Lifeline. “The Silbers have been longtime friends of Chai Lifeline who care passionately about our mission. Thanks to their generosity and support, children with serious illnesses will continue to receive top-of-the-line medical care while enjoying an unforgettable summer experience. This critical project is an investment in the future of Camp Simcha and will allow us to meet the growing camper population.”
Established in 2010, Camp Simcha’s state-of-the-art medical center rivals and, in many cases, surpasses the capabilities of many of the best facilities in the region.
The yearlong renovation added more than 2,000 square feet to The Medical Center, significantly increasing the facility’s overall capacity and ability to handle all forms of complex medical situations. The expanded facility features new patient exam rooms, inpatient rooms, doctors’ offices, a conference room, an onsite pharmacy/lab, a physical therapy center, a staff break room, a hospital-grade HVAC unit and filtration system, and an ambulance bay. In addition, the project also includes a variety of new life-saving medical equipment and supplies, such as an intensive care monitoring system, a medical transport cart, cardiac monitors, defibrillators, hospital beds, and more.
“Every summer, hundreds of children from across the globe come to Camp Simcha to forget about their medical challenges and just be kids,” said Nachman Maimon, director of Camp Simcha. “This critical project is an investment in the future of Camp Simcha and will allow us to continue to meet the growing camper population.”
Camp Simcha/Special is Chai Lifeline’s flagship summer program for children and teens with life-threatening and lifelong illnesses. To learn more about Chai Lifeline, visit www.chailifeline.org.