Programs & Centers


The Carl Sagan Discovery/Explainer Program

Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM) is home to a number of innovative programs designed to better engage patients and their families as well as members of the communities we serve. The Carl Sagan Discovery/Explainer Program is part of this initiative.

Created in 2001, the Carl Sagan Discovery/Explainer Program offers high school and college youth from the Bronx and surrounding areas with opportunities to work in a professional healthcare environment. As part of the curriculum at CHAM, Explainers are required to visit patients and their families and familiarize them with how to use the state-of-the-art technology that is available at their bedside.

Over the years, more than 100 Explainers have come through our program and received mentorship on professional development. Our mentees acquire a wide range of skills such as resume writing, professional interview role playing and career placement. CHAM Explainers have gone on to a variety of careers, many within the healthcare industry.

Through the combination of state-of-the-art technology, which improves the health of the patient, and youth employment in jobs that expand skill sets and start youth out on career paths, the Carl Sagan Discovery/Explainer Program truly embodies Montefiore’s mission. 

For more information on the Carl Sagan Discovery/Explainer Program at CHAM, please contact:

Mildred Suarez-Bautista
Program Manager
The Carl Sagan Discovery/Explainer Program

About the GetWellNetwork at CHAM

The GetWellNetwork at CHAM uses state-of-the-art technology to connect our patients with the right information based on their personal healthcare needs, interests and readiness to engage.

All CHAM patients and their families have access to:

  • Interactive educational healthcare videos to promote understanding of the healthcare experience.
  • Entertainment programming to help patients stay engaged and connected to their experience to promote the healing process.
  • Customer service features that enhance the comfort of their stay.

    For more information on the GetWellNetwork, visit