Kids Can Drive Into Surgery


Young children at Northern Dutchess Hospital can now roll into the operating room in style – behind the wheel of a miniature Mercedes SUV. The remote-controlled toy vehicle was recently donated to the hospital by the NDH Mothers’ Club – a community group of volunteers – to make the moment children leave for the operating room less stressful and more fun. “When the children ‘drive off’ in the vehicle, their reactions are priceless. They just light up,” Surgical Services Assistant Nurse Manager Liz Rosa said. “And, the nurses are actually controlling the mini-car with a remote, so our staff has fun, too.” The donation request was made by the Surgical Services staff, who felt the toy would add to an atmosphere of comfort for any small child who needs their tonsils removed or tubes in their ears. These are the most common pediatric surgical procedures performed by surgeons on the medical staff, including Dr. Michael Kortbus of Hudson ENT.

"When they climb into the Mercedes, everyone is distracted, and that makes the separation more gentle.” Kortbus added, “When parents see their child drive off with a smile rather than tears, it just makes for a better experience for everyone.”

The fun doesn’t stop with the drive into surgery. When discharged from the hospital, children receive a crown, toy and gold star balloon. For information about the hospital, visit www.healthquest.org/ndh or call (845) 871-1720, ext. 1 (TTY: 800-421-1220).

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