Kidz Kare Junior Council for The Children’s Hospital at Monmouth
The Kidz Kare, a volunteer junior council for The Children’s Hospital
at Monmouth Medical Center, is among the nation’s first hospital-based
youth councils. As a hospital dedicated to children, it is important for
staff to understand what children need to make them feel most comfortable.
The Kidz Kare Junior Council, whose main purpose is to support Children’s
Hospital patients, helps to provide important insights into what kids want.
Kidz Kare was established under the auspices of Susan Dulczak, Clinical
Director of the Valerie Fund Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood
Disorders at The Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center.
Today the group has elected officers, a mission statement, and regular
meetings that include the planning of fundraisers and purchases for pediatric
inpatients, such as a flat-screen TV for every inpatient room and comfortable
reclining chairs for parents staying with children in the hospital. Their
first fundraiser raised more than $30,000 and was attended by almost 200 guests.
For more information about Kidz Kare, please call Monmouth Medical Center
Foundations at (732) 923-6886. For more information about The Valerie Fund Children’s Center at
the Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center call (732) 923-7455.