Members of the Newark chapter of Clipped Wings gather with Monmouth Medical
Center administrators, including, seated at right, Susan Dulzak, clinical
director and pediatric nurse practitioner for the Valerie Center and Pediatric
Medical Day Stay at Monmouth, standing at right, Eric Carney, Monmouth
Medical Center chief operating officer, and, standing third from right,
Margaret Fisher, M.D., chair of Pediatrics and medical director of The
Unterberg Children’s Hospital at Monmouth.
Long Branch, NJ, September 15, 2017 – Recently, the staff of The Valerie Fund Children’s Center
at Monmouth Medical Center hosted a dedication ceremony for a very special
space creating a “First -Class Lounge” for patients and their families.
The lounge was designed and funded by the local chapter of Clipped Wings,
a national organization formed in Chicago in 1941 by a former United Airlines’
stewardess as a way to maintain airline friendships and to support various
charities. Today, Clipped Wings is a national organization composed of
31 chapter across the country and open to all former, retired and current
United and Capital Airlines flight attendants.
As a chapter, the Newark chapter of Clipped Wings raises money for the
Valerie Fund Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at
Monmouth Medical Center. Money raised through their annual Comedy Night
held in March was used to create this new space for patients and families.
“The area is truly ‘first class,’ as the space is designed
like the first class section of a luxury jetliner to allow children and
their parents to relax and take a break while spending time at the Valerie
Center,” said Eric Carney, chief operating officer for Monmouth.
“It is really cleaver and so fitting coming from an organization
comprised of retired airline attendants.”
The space, which features a dramatic window screen simulating the controls
of an airplane cockpit, allows patients to take a break from treatment
to watch a movie or play a game, while their parents enjoy a cup of coffee
and snack. The organization will continue to stock the refreshments and
other supplies in the room.
Additionally, flooring for the lounge was donated by Fromkin Brothers,
a family-owned and operated architectural finishing company with a long
history of philanthropic support for Monmouth Medical Center oncology patients.
“We often say it takes a village to meet the needs of the children
of our community, and this is a perfect example of that,” Eric Carney,
chief operating officer.
The Valerie Fund Children’s Center at Monmouth Medical Center’s
Unterberg Children’s Hospital is one of eight hospital-based programs
in the tristate area that provides treatment for children with cancer
and blood disorders close to home, allowing children’ to remain
near other family members, while ensuring that the care is at the cutting
edge. Patients receive treatment on an outpatient basis from a team of
specialists, including pediatric hematologists/oncologists, surgeons,
radiologists, nurses, social workers, counselors, and child life specialists.
To learn more about supporting The Valerie Fund Children’s Center, call
About Monmouth Medical Center
Located in Long Branch, N.J., Monmouth Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas
Health facility, along with The Unterberg Children’s Hospital at
Monmouth Medical Center, is one of New Jersey's largest academic medical
centers. From its earliest days, Monmouth Medical Center has been a leader
in surgical advancement and has introduced many technological firsts to
the region, including robotic surgery and other minimally invasive techniques.
Monmouth Medical Center is the only hospital in Monmouth and Ocean counties
to consistently receive an “A” Hospital Safety Score by The
Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit organization of employer
purchasers of health care and the nation’s leading experts on patient
safety. It is one of eight New Jersey hospitals to receive a four-star
rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the highest
hospital rating in the state.
CONTACT: Elizabeth Brennan