The waiting room of The Unterberg Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center recently debuted a train set donation, which was created and donated by two local residents.
Estimated to be worth nearly $20,000, the interactive 45-square-foot "O" scale train layout includes two merry-go-rounds, miniature people and animals, a bumper car rink with five cars, a hot dog stand, a Ferris wheel, a "round-up" spinning ride and a two-light beacon. Additionally, ten of the accessories move with the push of a button.
The train itself is a seven-car Disney World train by Lionel that goes around a figure-8 track. As it goes around the track, children can see some of their favorite Disney characters pictured on the side of the train, including Mickey, Minnie and Donald Duck.
"This is going to be used by literally every family that comes here, not just the kids. The siblings, the parents, everyone," said Meg Fisher, M.D., medical director of The Unterberg Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center. "To bring a little bit of Disney here and stuff from your local fairs, it's just perfect."
Donor Russ Bey, a resident of Ocean Township, has been putting together model trains for more than 40 years. It took him more than two years to collect all of the pieces for the particular set that he donated to Monmouth Medical Center.
"I wanted to get something fun for the kids; not the heavy industrial stuff I play with," said Bey. "Lionel trains had a Walt Disney set. It took me a year to get it. I also bought three or four circus accessories — a merry-go-round and bumper cars (a Ferris wheel, too). We integrated them into the layout, so when kids push a button, it activates the accessory."
After Bey bought the trains and accessories, Cream Ridge resident Stan Wisniewski, a master builder for East Coast Enterprises, donated labor and built the set.
Wisniewski has 25 years of experience making train layouts and has built and donated trains for the Make-A-Wish Foundation before. The electrical work was completed by Rich Roman and the landscape was done by Rich Rossbach, who also donated their time. Roman, Rossbach and Wisniewski put in two weeks of work before the layout was finished.
Wisniewski was gratified by the experience. "We're fortunate because we're blessed with a lot of talent and a lot of good people on our team," he said. "It's not always about going out and generating a check. If people are in need, it makes us feel good to give back."
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 sub-specialty areas. Every aspect of care benefits from a child-friendly, family-centered approach.
For more information about Monmouth Medical Center, call 732.222.5200 or visit www.barnabashealth.org/Monmouth-Medical-Center.
PHOTO: Pictured at the train set donation are, from left, Monmouth Medical Center Chief Operating Officer Bill Arnold; Michael Perdoni, VP of Operations; Tara Kelly, VP of Development; train donor Russ Bey; Stan Wisniewski, a master builder for East Coast Enterprises who donated labor and built the set; and Meg Fisher, M.D., Medical Director of The Unterberg Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center.
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 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 Reporthas recognized Monmouth as a regional leader in cancer, geriatrics, gynecology, neurology and neurosurgery.