Moore For Kids™ Ensures Permanent Existence of Support Programs for Chronically Ill Children and their Families and Specialized Care for Future Generations

Updated: 4/4/2014

A $1.8 million donation by the Moore for KidsFoundation will permanently secure programs supporting chronically ill children and their families receiving care at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo and provide an important boost to the campaign for the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital.

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This historic donation includes $800,000 for the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital that will provide for the Moore For Kids Kids Express service within the Emergency Department and for building out all of the components of the FamilyResourceCenter in the new hospital.

The remaining $1 million from this donation will establish an endowment for the Stone’s Buddies program, whichprovides support for patients and their families receiving care at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo as they cope with the emotional, financial and social issues that accompany chronic illness.  This program is named in memory of former patient, Stone Filipovich.

“After being involved with the Stones Buddies for the past 7 years, my wife Kristi and I wanted to become more involved with this great program as well as be part of the historic effort to build the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital,” said Robert Moore, who along with his wife Kristi is founder of the Moore For Kids Foundation.  “After seeing the investments that Kaleida Health and others throughout our community have made for this new hospital already, we want to do what we could to help make it a reality.  We not only believe in the importance of the new hospital, but also in ensuring the future of the critical programs that support patients and their families.”

Kids Express is a five bed unit on the 5th floor of Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.  The Moore for Kids Kids Express in the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital will be located within in the emergency department providing improved access for patients.  Kids Express cares for 20-30 patients daily suffering with ear aches, sore throats and other common ailments, and offers them more immediate and efficient care.  Kids Express is staffed by a team of emergency department nurses and nurse practitioners who are able to provide care for patients quickly and thereby greatly improve their overall experience.

The FamilyResourceCenter, which will be on the 5th floor of John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital, will include two multimedia rooms and a library exclusively for patients and their families as well as a kitchen and large meeting areas.  Two additional rooms will be available for families to meet privately with their medical team.

Many children and their families who are members of Stone’s Buddies attended to celebrate and personally thank Robert and Kristi Moore for their continued and significant support, including Carson Dayka,13, who with his family shared what they have received from Stone’s Buddies and why they feel it is important to give back to our community.

Robert and Kristi Moore founded the Moore For Kids Foundation in 2007.  This foundation focuses on helping children in our community and nationwide, and has been a strong supporter of the Stone’s Buddies program at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.  Additional information about Moore For Kids is available online at www.mooreforkids.org.  

The vision for the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital is to be recognized as the innovator, the highest quality, highest value provider and partner, and the regional referral center for women and children’s health care for Kaleida Health, in Western New York and beyond.  For more information about the physician-led plans for the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital, please go online at www.wchob.org/oishei.