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Local Girl Scout Troop Pays it Forward to Patients at The Children’s Hospital


Local Girl Scout Troop Pays it Forward to Patients at The Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center

Daisy Troop 247
Daisy Troop 247

Long Branch, N.J. – The Daisy’s Girl Scout Troop #247 from Berkley Township abided by the “Girl Scout Honor” of helping people at all times by utilizing their hard-earned proceeds from recent cookie sales to benefit patients at The Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center.

The troop of 10 girls recently presented stuffed animals they created at the Build-A-Bear Workshop® at the Ocean County Mall along with a box of cookies for girls and boys staying at the hospital. The visit included a tour of the pediatric floor, led by hospital officials.

The donation was inspired by Troop mom Christine Garces, whose daughter was treated in The Children’s Hospital’s Hiriar and Anna Hovnanian Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

“The Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center has had a huge impact on us as my daughter was hospitalized there many times. It was nice to give back to The Children’s Hospital through my daughter’s Girl Scout Troop,” said Christine.

Monmouth Medical Center is licensed by New Jersey as a Children’s Hospital for Monmouth and Ocean counties, and this designation tells the community that pediatrics is a major part of the hospital mission, according to Meg Fisher, M.D., chair of pediatrics at Monmouth and medical director of The Children’s Hospital. She notes that the community in turn recognizes the important role Monmouth plays in the health of its children — as evidenced by the outpouring of community support the hospital receives from organizations.

“We are so pleased to receive this thoughtful donation from Daisy Troop 247,” she said. “Donations like this go a long way in making a hospital stay more pleasant for our young patients.”

The Hiriar and Anna Hovnanian Foundation Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the region’s largest state-designated Level III NICU with one of the highest survival rates in the country, has undergone an ambitious expansion to help Monmouth provide more infants with the specialized care they need. For more than 40 years, the busy Regional Newborn Center of The Children’s Hospital at Monmouth has been treating newborns in need of special care and is a leader in its highly specialized field, attaining the highest survival rate of any NICU of its kind in New Jersey. To learn more about ways to support The Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center, call the Monmouth Medical Center Foundation, at 732.923.6886 or visit

About Monmouth Medical Center
Located in Long Branch, N.J., Monmouth Medical Center, a Barnabas Health facility, along with The Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center, is one of New Jersey's largest academic medical centers and has been a teaching affiliate of Philadelphia’s Drexel University College of Medicine for more than 40 years. 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. The hospital is routinely recognized by HealthGrades, the nation’s largest premier independent health care quality company, for excellence in both emergency medicine and maternity care. U.S. News & World Report has recognized Monmouth as a regional leader in cancer, geriatrics, gynecology, neurology and neurosurgery. For more information on Monmouth Medical Center, visit

Date: June 20, 2013

Contact: Elizabeth Brennan

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