Gifts for Pediatric Programs
Gifts to Children’s Hospital of New Jersey
(CHoNJ) have made the difference in the health of thousands of children throughout the state. Annually 37,370 children count on CHoNJ for their
health care needs in both inpatient and outpatient settings. An additional
4,700 children rely on CHNJ clinics within their local elementary, middle
and high schools. Below are a few examples of the ways philanthropy brought
health and joy to many of our children.
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Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Program
Provides Children To Have The Best Cardiac Care Right Here in NJ– The Children’s Cardiac Center at CHoNJ is the State’s
largest pediatric cardiac surgical program and the only center performing
complex operations and using minimally invasive approaches to a variety
of congenital anomalies. The surgical program has presented innovative
techniques at the annual meetings of the American College of Cardiology
and was recently featured on ABC’s Good Morning America program.
Mike Hartman with parents Michelle Hartman and Michael Papasidearo at annual
Valentine reunion party held by the Children’s Cardiac Center of
Children’s Hospital of New Jersey
One especially exciting technique called the Amplatzer Duct Occluder was
recently used by Dr. Rajiiv Verma, director of pediatric cardiac invasive
services at CHoNJ, to close the Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA), abnormal
blood vessels surrounding the hearts of three young children. The use
of this technique made history as it had never before been performed by
a physician in New Jersey. “The Amplatzer device is another advancement
in medical technology that allows for improvement in the quality of care
for children with congenital heart disease. It allows for a choice in
treatment method rather than being forced to undergo open-heart surgery,”
explained Dr. Verma. Support from our donors helps us to bring such medical
advances to CHoNJ for the benefit of our children.
Rajiv Berma, MD, FACC, FSCAI, listens to Jadon Jackson's heart
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) - A Resource For The Sickest Babies in the State.- The NICU in the Division
of Neonatal Medicine at CHoNJ is a Level III New Jersey State Designated
Regional Perinatal Center, which provides care to some of the sickest
babies in the state. Our NICU cares for approximately 750 babies a year.
These fragile infants range from the lowest birth weight infants (1 lb.)
to more critically ill larger infants. They may have cardiac problems
or other serious or complicated diagnoses, but all require the expertise
of our neonatal team of professionals. Plans are now underway to renovate
the NICU. These modernizations will provide a more family friendly environment
that will also enhance the flow of communications between physicians,
nurses and staff. We will soon be seeking philanthropic support to help
us with these necessary renovations.
At neonatal annual Halloween party at NBIMC parents provide costumes for
their newborns. Pedro Motta, shown with his mother Josiene, was born at
23 weeks and has spent the past 4 months in the NICU. Alaina Antonopoulos,
also born at 23 weeks and now 4 days old, celebrates with her father Athanasios
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Transportation for our tiniest patients-Our neighbors at the Newark Liberty International Airport Airline Managers
Council have made it possible for our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to
purchase a new NICU transport ambulance to ensure that neonates can travel
safely to NBIMC Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Neonatal transport staff receiving donation from the leadership of the
Newark Liberty International Airline Managers Council
A Healthy Outlet For All -Thanks to the support of the Blanche & Irving Laurie Foundation, we
were able to create a beautiful
Rooftop play area with a basketball court and an injury-resistant floor so that children
hospitalized in our behavioral health unit could have the pleasure of
playing out doors while receiving treatment. Behavioral Health “loans”
their rooftop play area to other sick children in the hospital as well,
so they can enjoy the sunshine or play.
A patient in the Behavioral Health Program at Newark Beth Israel Medical
Center shoots baskets at the rooftop playground made possible by a grant
from the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation.
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Child Life Program-More Than Medical Care To Help Children Recover
Hospitals can be a scary place, especially for children. They don’t
feel good, they are away from home, often their parents aren’t there,
they have no friends and they may have to take medicines that make them
feel even worse. Fortunately, the caring trained staff in the CHoNJ’s
Child Life program know how to alleviate their fears and help them understand
that the procedures and medicines will make them well. The children can
play games in the Ruth Sagner Activity Room, they can e-mail other hospitalized
children across the country, or they can dress up in costumes for special
occasions. The pet therapist brings a dog to give them love and make them
laugh, and the child life specialists arrange for tutors so that the children
do not get too far behind in school.
Docent from Turtle Back Zoo bringing animals to children in the Ruth Sagner
Activity Room at Children’s Hospital of New Jersey at NBIMC
Grant funding from the Starlight/Starbright Children’s Foundation
and the Rummel Foundation helps to support the Child Life program, and
most recently, fund raising revenue from a special event called “Bears
Cares Day 2004”, helped us to raise more vital funds.
“Bears Cares Day 2004” was made possible by a group of dedicated volunteers who organized this
fun-filled day at a Newark Bears Baseball game at the Riverfront Stadium
in Newark. Participants enjoyed the ball game (Newark Bears vs. the Pennsylvania
Road Warriors) and special activities for children which included a crafts
studio, a get-well card station and a hands-on hospital set up with a
chance to handle medical paraphernalia. Bears Cares Day increases awareness
of the Child Life Program at Children’s Hospital of New Jersey at
NBIMC, and raises funds to enable the Child Life program to continue providing
its vast array of critical services which help our children to cope with
their hospital experiences.
Family at May 15, 2004 Bears Cares Day engaging in typical Child Life activities
at Children’s Hospital of New Jersey at NBIMC