Counseling & Support: Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Patient Recreation Pavilion

With floor to ceiling windows, Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Recreation Pavilion is filled with natural light. The space is open to all Memorial Sloan Kettering patients and their visitors. With floor to ceiling windows, Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Recreation Pavilion is filled with natural light. The space is open to all Memorial Sloan Kettering patients and their visitors.
Yolanda Toth, Director of the Patient Recreation Department, demonstrates the proper way to cut and arrange fresh flowers during a class. Patients can complete their own arrangement. Yolanda Toth, Director of the Patient Recreation Department, demonstrates the proper way to cut and arrange fresh flowers during a class. Patients can complete their own arrangement.
With views of Manhattan’s East Side, the outside terrace is a nice place to spend an afternoon with friends and family who may be visiting. With views of Manhattan’s East Side, the outside terrace is a nice place to spend an afternoon with friends and family who may be visiting.
Stained glass painting is a favorite among many. Recreation therapists are careful to avoid using supplies with any odors, as most patients have strong aversions due to their treatment. Stained glass painting is a favorite among many. Recreation therapists are careful to avoid using supplies with any odors, as most patients have strong aversions due to their treatment.
Carnival is an annual event volunteers and staff look forward to. Memorial Sloan Kettering patient and volunteer Alexandra Capellini celebrates with others. Carnival is an annual event volunteers and staff look forward to. Memorial Sloan Kettering patient and volunteer Alexandra Capellini celebrates with others.
Patients can choose from a variety of books, magazines, and music from the Patient Library. Items can be delivered to patients who may be unable to leave their room. Patients can choose from a variety of books, magazines, and music from the Patient Library. Items can be delivered to patients who may be unable to leave their room.
Staff from The Ritz Carlton volunteer their time every month for a special themed party. The hotel’s pastry chefs share culinary sweets, and “Minute to Win it” – a popular game - brings everyone together. “Friendships are often formed on these days, as patients begin to feel more relaxed and share advice on how they are coping with others,” said Ms. Toth. Staff from The Ritz Carlton volunteer their time every month for a special themed party. The hotel’s pastry chefs share culinary sweets, and “Minute to Win it” – a popular game - brings everyone together. “Friendships are often formed on these days, as patients begin to feel more relaxed and share advice on how they are coping with others,” said Ms. Toth.