Celebrate women’s history
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – For 100 years, the Riley Children’s Foundation has been a resource for children and parents in Indiana. Named after the poet James Whitcomb Riley, whose work consisted mostly of children’s poetry, children continue to be the focus of the hospital that bears his name.
Every year more than 300,000 children attend the Riley Hospital for Children. It can be sad to imagine that many children need medical attention every year. But Riley officials said it was a 100-year commitment made not only by staff but also by Hoosiers across the state.
There is a lot to be said about the Riley Hospital for Children. Liz Elkas gave birth to two children of her own here.
“I see Riley as a beacon for the state of Indiana. It’s a place of hope. It is a place of care. It’s a place of trust, ”said Elkas.
But she’s more than a Riley mom. She is President and CEO of the Riley Children’s Foundation. There is always something to do here. The main focus of this work – for 100 years – has been on children.
She credits much of her success to ongoing public support.
“That dynamic hasn’t stopped, with so many people across the state supporting Riley and his incredible mission. People care about children and children’s health, ”she said.
320,000 patients walk through the doors every year. As in any hospital, the end results are not always satisfactory. But Elkas said that steps are always being taken to make some of the toughest moments in life a little less scary.
Regarding the many programs on offer, Elkas said, “I’m glad you brought that up. It does all of the above. It helps delay anxiety. Children enjoy it. This program, together with our therapy program, our social work program, the children’s life program. Our critical programs designed to help children in the hospital get through this time and get through this successfully while calming their nerves. “
In addition, the hospital is building a new facility especially for mothers and their babies. Elkas says it will be a state-of-the-art facility, but another important purpose is to combat child mortality, which is alarmingly high in Indiana.
“I am honored, I am amazed every day by the Riley Hospital for Children and everything that it does,” said Elkas.
As the foundation celebrates its 100th anniversary, the actual Riley Hospital for Children will celebrate its centenary in 2024.