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
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.
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Media Contact: Linda Kamateh