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Children’s Medical Fund of New York

What happens when parents, pediatricians and community leaders look at caring for sick kids differently? In 1966, a group of Long Islanders — known as the Children’s Medical Fund of New York (CMF) — came together to address the urgent need for a children’s hospital in the New York metropolitan area. 

Seventeen years of perseverance and hard work to gain funding and legislative support paid off in 1983 when Cohen Children’s Medical Center (then Schneider Children’s Hospital) opened its doors in New Hyde Park. 

Though the volunteer group’s original goal was met more than thirty years ago, CMF remains steadfast supporters of Cohen Children’s Medical Center. 

The group’s influence can be felt throughout the hospital, with funds they’ve raised supporting the NICU, emergency department, cleft palate program, hematology and oncology units and countless other specialties. They funded dozens of pieces of critical medical equipment such as nerve stimulators and EKG machines, so we can effectively screen, diagnose and treat many different injuries and illnesses in children and adolescents. 

Their community roots shine through in the iPads for kids and sleeper chairs for parents funded by the group have helped create a better experience for families seeking care.

quotation mark It has always been our goal to help provide the best available care to the children on Long Island and beyond.
David Blumenfeld and Howard Tanney of the Children's Medical Fund of New York

Children’s Medical Fund recently made a $10 million commitment to create the Children’s Medical Fund Center for Diagnostic Studies – outfitting it with a NASA-theme that helps alleviate children’s fears by putting them in an environment of fun and imagination when they go in for critical medical testing.

Chair David Blumenfeld, is proud of the group’s work and their ability to offer state-of-the-art diagnostic studies to Cohen Children’s. David’s father, Ed Blumenfeld, was a founding member of the Children’s Medical Fund, and David is honored to lead the group, which includes Howard Tanney as president, in sponsoring care designed for kids. 

The kind of financial support provided by Children’s Medical Fund builds on the foundation of excellent pediatric care at Cohen Children’s and propels us into a healthier, better future for our children.