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NYU Langone Children’s Services

At NYU Langone Health, neonates, children, adolescents and young adults receive the most comprehensive and advanced care provided by a team of pediatric subspecialists across the spectrum of medical and surgical disciplines. Medical and surgical evaluation and care for simple or complex childhood conditions are provided in both outpatient and inpatient settings. With more than 150 full-time pediatric subspecialists as well as pediatric nurses, child life specialists, social workers, patient advocates and other allied health professionals, as well as devoted volunteers, NYU Langone is uniquely equipped to provide innovative subspecialty care in a highly personalized manner.

NYU Langone’s Rusk Rehabilitation has consistently been ranked the best rehabilitation hospital in New York State and among the top ten in the country by U.S. News & World Report since the publication’s “Best Hospitals” rankings first began in 1989. The world’s first university-affiliated facility devoted entirely to rehabilitation medicine, Rusk is among the most renowned centers of its kind for the treatment of adults and children with disabilities—home to innovations and advances that have set the standard in rehabilitation care for every stage of life of life and every phase of recovery.

Since 1977, when it first established a relationship with Rusk Rehabilitation at NYU Langone, Project Help Us Give (Project H.U.G.) has been dedicated to supporting the efforts of the medical and patient care experts at Rusk, who provide world-class inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation and acute care services for children from birth through early adulthood. The leadership, faculty and staff understand that regardless of disabilities or chronic or life threatening illnesses, children and families wish to live with the fullest and highest quality of life.

Rusk was founded in 1948 by Dr. Howard Rusk with the philosophy that rehabilitation medicine provides care for the entire person—not just the injury, illness or disability. This concept of treating the emotional, psychological, physiological, and social needs of every patient is the basis for rehabilitation medicine as it is now practiced around the world.

Project H.U.G. supports pediatric rehabilitation services at Rusk. Funds raised by Project H.U.G. directly benefit programs ranging from the training of tomorrow’s physiatrists by doctors renown in their field, to state of the art equipment and group and bedside programs that help with coping and adjustment. From music and creative arts therapies to recreation and healthy living to rehabilitation programs that utilize cutting edge technology, Project H.U.G. has enabled physicians to build innovative programs that have transformed the lives of children and their families.

Project H.U.G. looks forward to continuing the special relationship it has with NYU Langone Health/Rusk Institute.