White Plains, NY (August 2011) — Move over, “retail therapy” – techno-therapy is taking over at White Plains Hospital’s Lowenthal Infusion Therapy Center, where eight new iPads are available for patients’ use during chemotherapy and infusion treatments.
Loaded with games, books, music, movies and news apps, the iPads can provide endless portable entertainment for patients. The long battery life and simple charging mechanism enable the machines to be charged continuously, so a patient can use one for the duration of each treatment.
“Our infusion patients often have therapies that last several hours,” said Una Hopkins, Administrative Director of the Dickstein Cancer Treatment Center, which includes the Lowenthal Infusion Therapy Center. “Having the opportunity to use the iPad will have a positive impact on their day in the infusion center. They can self-educate or just relax with a game or movie for distraction.”
The iPads were donated by local residents and Hospital donors Robert and Nancy Stone, in conjunction with Apple, which manufactures and sells iPads.
“We heard about a program in Boston that was doing something similar and felt it would be impactful at the Lowenthal Infusion Center,” said Nancy Stone, who lives in White Plains. “To help patients pass time and switch focus to something else while getting treatment is a gift to us.”
Infusion patient Bill Paliwoda of New Rochelle enjoys using one of the iPads during his treatments.