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Chicago White Sox Pitcher Visited Hospitalized Children at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center

Trevor Reckling and Savien Fletcher

NEWARK, NJ—Trevor Reckling is passionate about being a new Chicago White Sox left-handed pitcher and about finding ways to bring children joy. On Friday, January 11, this Irvington native visited hospitalized children at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (NBIMC). In addition to giving autographed baseballs and Major League Baseball memorabilia to pediatric patients, Reckling also received a surprise. Fr. Edwin D. Leahy, the headmaster of his alma mater, St. Benedict’s Preparatory School in Newark, stopped by NBIMC to acknowledge his dedication to children.

Trevor Reckling White Sox Pitcher
Robert Lahita, MD, Department of Medicine, NBIMC and graduate of St. Benedict’s Preparatory High School , Father Edwin Leahy, Headmaster of St. Benedict’s Preparatory High School, Midalia “Middy” Lorenzo, Department Secretary, Dept. of Primary Medicine, Left-handed pitcher Trevor Reckling, Chicago White Sox, John A. Brennan, MD, MPH, President and Chief Executive Officer of NBIMC and CHoNJ and Jennifer Mendrzycki, Assistant Vice President, CHoNJ

“Trevor is an outstanding young man who remains dedicated to giving back to the community where he was raised,” says John Brennan, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey. “Our pediatric patients and employees were delighted by his visit.”

Reckling, 23, is a 7th-round draft pick who signed with the Los Angeles Angels in 2007 after graduating from St. Benedict’s High School. Although he is focused on baseball, Reckling hopes to establish a youth center in an inner-city area one day. His desire to give-back to the community where he was raised stems from his upbringing.

“I was raised by civic-minded parents who emphasized the importance of offering support to the community where we were raised,” said Reckling. “Glad I had a chance to meet children at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. Having a chance to put a smile on their faces was priceless.”

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, (NBIMC), a 673-bed regional care teaching hospital, provides comprehensive health care to its local communities and well beyond. NBIMC has more than 800 physicians, 3,200 employees and 150 volunteers with over 300,000 outpatient visits and 25,000 admissions annually. NBIMC is fifth in the nation in the number of heart transplants with better than expected outcomes, has the only lung transplant program in New Jersey, and combined with Saint Barnabas Medical Center, is third in the nation for kidney transplants, by volume. To learn more, visit us on line at

About CHoNJ
Children's Hospital of New Jersey, located at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and part of the Barnabas Health, is the state's premier hospital caring for children, with specialized services to treat ill and injured children from newborn to adolescent years and has the most comprehensive pediatric cardiac care program in the region as well as preventive programs that promote wellness in the community. For a referral to a pediatrician or pediatric specialist, please call 1-888-724-7123.

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January 14, 2013

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