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Spirit of Children Brings a Happier Halloween to Young Patients at Children’s Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center

10/27/2017

NEWARK, New Jersey, October 26, 2017 –Halloween retailer Spirit Halloween brought the fun and excitement of this upcoming holiday to young patients at Children’s Hospital of New Jersey (CHoNJ) at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center on October 18, 2017. The party was part of the retailer’s “Spirit of Children” program to the delight of young patients. Launched in 2006, the Spirit of Children program brings Halloween celebrations to hospitals for kids who would otherwise not be able to experience Halloween at home.

Spirit of Halloween NBI 2017

Spirit of Children leadership pauses for a moment with the children in the child life playroom with NBIMC and CHoNJ senior management including Marilyn Harris, VP, Community Relations, and Nikolas Alexiades, Chief Financial Officer (both pictured far left), and Amy Doran, Chief Nursing Officer and VP, Patient Care Services; Teresa DiElmo, AVP, Patient Care Services; Anne Reilly, Child Life Director; and Douglas A. Zehner, Chief Operating Officer, (pictured 4th , 3rd, 2nd from the right and right, respectively).

Volunteer Spirit employees provided CHoNJ patients with a Halloween celebration complete with costumes, games and crafts. “This is a wonderful opportunity for our hospitalized patients to have a traditional Halloween celebration with crafts and activities,” says Anne Reilly, Director of Child Life at CHoNJ. “We are grateful to Spirit Halloween for their generous donation of time and resources.”

Spirit of Children has raised more than $391,740.00 for CHoNJ to date. Donations from Spirit Halloween and Spirit of Children have made a huge difference for CHoNJ children each year, greatly enhancing the patient experience for our young patients.

Spirit Halloween, the largest seasonal Halloween retailer in North America, provides fun and funding to pediatric hospitals across the US and Canada. Spirit of Children will host nearly 100 Halloween parties in partner hospitals, to bring normalcy and optimism to patients who otherwise wouldn’t be able to participate in Halloween festivities. This year, shoppers are encouraged to help spread the word and raise even more money through an interactive social media initiative #MoreCowbell, featuring the iconic Spirit of Children cowbell.

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center is a 665-bed regional care teaching hospital that provides comprehensive health care. Newark Beth Israel is home to one of the nation’s 10 largest heart transplant centers, RWJBarnabas Health’s Heart Failure Treatment and Transplant Program; New Jersey’s only Advanced Lung Disease and Transplant Program and a Valve Center that performs more cardiac valve procedures, including minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve replacements (TAVRs), than any other center in the state. The Newark Beth Israel robotic surgery program is the most experienced in northern New Jersey. The Frederick B. Cohen, MD, Cancer and Blood Disorders Center and Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey Breast Health Center provide seamless integration of cancer prevention, specialized care and treatment options. Newark Beth Israel also offers many preventive health programs that promote wellness in the community. Children's Hospital of New Jersey (CHoNJ), located at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center cares for children from newborn to adolescent years, with over thirty specialized pediatric services as well as preventive programs that promote wellness in the community. The Children’s Heart Center has a complete range of medical and surgical treatments for the most complex cardiac abnormalities.

About Spirit of Children
At the heart of Spirit Halloween is the Spirit of Children program which focuses on making hospitals less scary for kids and their families. Since its inception in 2006, Spirit of Children has brought smiles, laughter and a much needed escape to thousands of pediatric patients in 139 hospitals across the United States and Canada. One hundred percent of the money collected each year is given directly to the local Child Life Departments at partner hospitals, such as Children’s Hospital of NJ at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. Spirit of Children’s goal is to raise $8 million this year, bringing its total contribution total to more than $37 million since the program’s inception. Spirit encourages customers to head to their local Spirit Halloween store or visit online to make a difference in a child’s life today.

Contact: Patricia Mitrano Patricia.Mitrano@rwjbh.org

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