Lippe Family Children’s Garden Opens to Provide Sanctuary for Young Patients

Long-time friends of Stony Brook University, Cynthia and David Lippe, create place of serenity in Stony Brook Children’s Hospital

Members of the Stony Brook Medicine community joined University President Maurie McInnis and the Lippe family on Monday, August 29, for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the Lippe Family Children’s Garden.

The garden at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital will provide a peaceful setting for pediatric patients and their families to step away for a moment of respite and healing, breathe, and let their minds wander as children need.

The multipurpose space allows older children and their families to sit and relax, read a book, or play a game, while younger children can move around freely and play. The healthcare team can enjoy peaceful moments as well, as the space was designed with maximum flexibility in mind. 

Cynthia and David LippeCynthia and David Lippe have a deep connection to the University. Through their support of the expansion of the Pediatric Emergency Department, contributions to the Health Crisis Fund at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and their support for the Seawolves men’s basketball team, their impact has been immeasurable. As a member of the Stony Brook Children’s Hospital Advancement Council, Cynthia works year-round to help fund pediatric care at Stony Brook Medicine.

“The Lippe Family Children’s Garden is a project borne from a deep belief in the importance of supporting children—supporting their growth, their wellness, their happiness, and their spirits while they’re facing the toughest challenges imaginable,” said President McInnis. “The Lippes are true friends of this University, and their generosity has already impacted the lives of so many. Now, the Lippe Family Children’s Garden will play an essential role in offering serenity to our youngest patients.” 

“Children bring so much joy to life. When children are sick or injured, it feels like the light dims a little for all of us,” said Cynthia Lippe. “We are so inspired and grateful for the wonderful staff and physicians that take care of the children and all of the work that they do…. And we are very proud to be part of this effort. 

—Kristen Brennan

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