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Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey Launches Community Initiative to Give Newark Parents Free Safe Cribs

09/26/2016
NBI Free Safe Cribs
Newark community leaders, Legislative District 29 Legislators and Keeping Babies Safe all join Newark Beth Israel Medical Center to announce new crib donation program in Newark, NJ.

(Newark, NJ- September 22, 2016) Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey announced a new initiative to provide some of the most financially-challenged parents in Newark with safe cribs for their children.

The initiative is made possible through the collaboration of the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey; the non-profit organization, Keeping Babies Safe; Newark community organizations; Senator M. Teresa Ruiz, Legislative District 29, Assistant Majority Leader; and Newark Beth Israel.

“Hospitals and healthcare organizations can no longer work in silos, we have to work together with our communities if we want to make a significant impact on the health of the people we serve,” said Darrell K.Terry, Sr., MHA, MPH, FACHE, President and CEO, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey.

"Through this new and exciting partnership with Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, we are given a tremendous opportunity. We now have a direct conduit that can identify the neediest families and provide them with a safe crib,” said Joyce Davis, founder of Keeping Babies Safe. "We believe this program will make our work more effective, more meaningful and assure young families that their babies are sleeping safely and soundly."

Keeping Babies Safe will provide Newark Beth Israel with more than 80 cribs to distribute to Newark parents; the hospital, in turn, will work with trusted community organizations to ensure that the cribs reach parents in need.

“There is nothing more important to parents than keeping their children safe,” said Senator M. Teresa Ruiz, Legislative District 29, Assistant Majority Leader. “I am thrilled to be part of this initiative to provide new cribs to families in the City of Newark. With the help of community partners, this program will better ensure the safety and wellbeing of babies in our area. I want to thank all of the organizations that are working to make this program a reality.”

This is the first donation of its kind made possible by a $51,000 grant from the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey to Keeping Babies Safe.

Community partners include Baby Land Family Services, Newark Community Health Centers, Newark Emergency Services for Families, The Weequahic Family Success Center, Mount Sinai Baptist Church, New Psalmist Worship Center, Masjid Ash Shifaa United Muslim Inc., and Saint John the Baptist Church.

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 top five heart transplant centers, Barnabas 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 one of the most experienced in the northeast. The Frederick B. Cohen, MD, Cancer and Blood Disorders Center and the new Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey Breast Health Center provide seamless integration of cancer prevention, specialized care and treatment options. Children’s Hospital of New Jersey (CHoNJ), located at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, cares for children from birth through adolescence, with more than 30 specialized pediatric services including New Jersey’s largest Valerie Fund Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders; and the Children’s Heart Center that offers a complete range of medical and surgical treatments for the most complex cardiac abnormalities. Children’s Hospital of New Jersey also includes a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and a Level IV Regional Perinatal Center that offers New Jersey’s only Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) therapy; and the highest level of intensive care for both mothers and newborns. Newark Beth Israel and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey also offers many preventive health programs that promote wellness in the community.

Keeping Babies Safe is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides education, assistance, advocacy and leadership in the development of safer children’s products and practices. As a dedicated resource for free information about the most reliable crib and sleep safety information, safety tips, and product recall information, the organization helps parents, caregivers and hospital personnel stay vigilant about keeping babies safe in their nurseries. Learn more at www.keepingbabiessafe.org.

Media Contact: Linda Kamateh
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