Program Funded By The Grainger Foundation and The Cygnet Fund
The Unterberg Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center, a Barnabas
Health facility, recently launched Picture My Smile, a program that empowers
chronically ill pediatric patients ages 6 through 17 to express their
voice through the art of photography.
Funded by The Grainger Foundation through the Grainger Community Grant
Program and The Cygnet Fund, Picture My Smile encourages creativity through
the lens of a camera.
Chronically ill pediatric patient photographers from The Valerie Fund Children's
Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, The Comprehensive Cystic Fibrosis
Center, The Center for Disorders of Insulin and Metabolism and The Pediatric
Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Program at The Unterberg Children's
Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center are each provided with their very
own digital camera and access to a secure website to upload their photos.
Photographers capture and share their photos.
"For the child in long-term care, some days are good days and other
days are going to be bad days. Many times a child can't describe in
their own words what they're feeling or how they are feeling,"
said Margaret C. Fisher, M.D., chair of pediatrics and medical director,
The Unterberg Children's Hospital. "Picture My Smile is the perfect
venue for children. This gives them the opportunity to first of all show
us what they're seeing and what they're thinking. I'm an absolute
advocate for this program and for finding ways to make children use their
minds to help their bodies."
During the six-month program, pediatric photographers participate in online
tutorials with professional photographers. Photographers will also have
the opportunity for their photos to be displayed in the online Picture
My Smile photo gallery, around The Unterberg Children's Hospital,
and even auctioned off at Monmouth Medical Center events, with proceeds
benefiting the programs and services at The Unterberg Children's Hospital.
"Picture My Smile is an awesome opportunity for a child to be creative
through the form of photography - to show who they are and develop a voice
and to be fabulous through the lens of a camera," said Tracy Brown,
chair, The Unterberg Children's Hospital Leadership Council. "These
children are able to participate in a group that has nothing to do with
their illness or their care, it's about fun."
- The Grainger Foundation provides grants through the Grainger Community
Grant Program to help address local community needs throughout the United
States. In 2013, the Foundation awarded 900 grants totaling $6.1 million
to a wide variety of organizations in the areas of health and human services,
food banks, disaster relief and technical education. Over the past four
years, the Grainger Foundation has donated more than $37,000 to The Unterberg
Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center to provide programs
and services to the hospital's youngest patients. The Cygnet Fund
helps Monmouth Medical Center with financial support for research and
education in the field of pediatrics.
The Unterberg Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center offers
the highest level of pediatric services for newborns to adolescents, including
cutting-edge treatment, specialized expertise and an unsurpassed dedication
to medical excellence in 26 pediatric subspecialty areas.
Every donation, of time, materials or funds, helps support the Picture
My Smile photographers and The Unterberg Children's Hospital at Monmouth
Medical Center. For more information on The Unterberg Children's Hospital
at Monmouth Medical Center, visit
PHOTO: Pictured (left to right): Tara Kelly, vice president of development,
Monmouth Medical Center Foundation; Margaret C. Fisher, M.D., chair of
pediatrics and medical director of The Unterberg Children's Hospital
at Monmouth Medical Center; Tracy Brown, Monmouth Medical Center Foundation
Trustee, chair, The Unterberg Children's Hospital Leadership Council;
Judy Kile, Market Manager, Grainger, member, The Unterberg Children's
Hospital Leadership Council.
About Monmouth Medical Center
Located in Long Branch, N.J., Monmouth Medical Center, a Barnabas Health
facility, along with The Unterberg Children's Hospital at Monmouth
Medical Center, is one of New Jersey's largest teaching hospitals
and has been an 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