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.
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.
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.
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.
Our recreation therapists lead activities such as copper enameling and evening watercolor relaxation, and other healthful diversions like woodworking, origami, and stained glass. Other evening activities include bingo and Las Vegas nights. Live performances by outside entertainers, like students from The Juilliard School, are held several times during the week. Crafts and activities are also available to be done in patients’ rooms.
A Sanctuary from the Hospital Routine
Many patients come to our penthouse pavilion just to “get away from it all,” enjoy the sunlight and the view, meet family and friends in relaxed surroundings, contribute to the eternal jigsaw puzzle, play pool, or snuggle with a good book. Patients visit us before outpatient appointments, and some have been known to schedule appointments to coincide with our events.
A Library with Something for EveryoneOur Patients’ Library has something for everyone. More than 12,000 general-interest books, magazines, audiobooks, and music recordings; comfortable chairs; knowledgable and friendly staff — all the pleasures of a good private reading room. There is a special section devoted to health and medicine. Our collection includes selected titles in complementary health, including guided imagery, yoga, nutrition, and stress management. A selection of foreign language titles is also available.
The Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Patient Recreation Pavilion welcomes Memorial Sloan Kettering patients and their visitors over 11 years of age. Nearly 30,000 people use our recreation services each year. The pavilion is open daily from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm. For more information, please call 212-639-5978. The Patient Library is open Monday through Friday, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. For more information, please call 212-639-7579.