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Spirit Halloween – Spirit of Children Steadfast Support of the Child Life Department at Children's Hospital of New Jersey Amounts to Over $330,000

03/29/2016

NEWARK, NJ – (March 2016) Spirit of Children recently presented the child life program at Children's Hospital of New Jersey (CHoNJ) at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center a check for $94,230 in donations raised by Spirit Halloween and their customers from the Northern New Jersey area. With this gift, their support over the last six years amounts to over $330,000 from the retailer’s Spirit of Children program.

Their donations help enhance the inpatient experience at CHoNJ. It has helped fund a part-time art therapist position, a weekend child life specialist and playroom supplies. "Donations from Spirit of Children have made a significant impact for our young patients,” said Darrell K. Terry, Sr., MHA, MPH, FACHE, Interim President and Chief Executive Officer, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey, “We are thankful for the support and look forward to expanding our partnership.”

Spirit of Children brings fun and funding to 134 children's hospitals across the country during Halloween and all year long to help make hospitals less scary for young patients. The donations go directly to Child Life Departments who help children and their families cope with the many stresses experienced while undergoing medical treatment.

Spirit Halloween- Spirit of Children, Child Life CHNJ

(Center L to R behind check) Jennifer K. Mendrzycki, JD, MHA, Vice President, Ambulatory Services and CHoNJ; Ginger Silvey, Zone Manager, Spirit Halloween; and Darrell K. Terry, Sr., MHA, MPH, FACHE Interim President and Chief Executive Officer, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and CHoNJ with CHoNJ child life specialists and Spirit Halloween associates who played a major role in the fundraising for CHoNJ during a recent check presentation to the hospital.

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, (NBIMC), a 673-bed regional care teaching hospital, provides comprehensive health care to its local communities and beyond with over 1,000 physicians, 3,200 employees, 150 volunteers, over 300,000 outpatient visits and 25,000 admissions annually. It is home to the nation’s third largest heart transplant center, Barnabas Health’s Heart Failure Treatment and Transplant Program; NJ’s only Advanced Lung Disease and Transplant Program and a Valve Center that performs more cardiac valve procedures, including TAVR, than any other center in the State. The robotic surgery program is the broadest and most experienced in northern New Jersey. The Frederick B. Cohen, MD, Cancer and Blood Disorders Center and 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 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. For more information, visit us at www.BarnabasHealth.org/NewarkBeth

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About Spirit Halloween – Spirit of Children
Spirit Halloween (www.spirithalloween.com) is the largest Halloween specialty retailer in the country with over 1,100 locations in strip centers and malls across North America. Spirit is the authority on all things Halloween, offering one-stop shopping for everything from costumes to décor and party goods to accessories. At the heart of Spirit Halloween is Spirit of Children (www.spiritofchildren.com), a program which focuses on making hospitals less scary for kids and their families, partnering with over 130 children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada. Every dollar collected goes directly to the hospitals and local donations stay local. Spirit of Children encourages customers to help make a difference in a child's life and raise awareness about the program via Facebook and Instagram by using #SpiritofChildren in their photos and posts.

Contact: Patricia Mitrano
pmitrano@barnabashealth.org

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