|Pictured are left to right: Kristin Wujciak, District Sales Manager, Spirit of Halloween/Spencer Gifts; Beth Tepper, Development Coordinator; Anne Reilly, Child Life Director, CHoNJ; Holly Gauthier, VP, NBIMC/CHoNJ Foundation; Frank Platas, Director of Stores, Northeast Region, Spirit of Halloween/Spencer Gifts.
Newark, NJ--Two representatives from Spirit of Halloween stores recently presented the Child Life program at Children’s Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center with a $71,420 check to support pediatric programs and services.
Their donation this year will allow the Child Life Program to extend into weekends, adding a weekend Child Life specialist to assist children in the Pediatric Unit and throughout the hospital.
“Donations from Spirit of Halloween have made a huge difference for our children each year,’ says Anne Reilly, Director of Child Life. “They have paid for a massage therapist, for the bilingual movie channel, and for iPads, which are used for therapeutic play and learning.”
Founded in 2006, Spirit of Children helps make hospitals less scary for kids and their families by providing fun during Halloween and funding all year long to Child Life Departments within children's hospitals. This year Spirit of Halloween collected $2.3 million in cash and merchandise donations for more than 100 children's hospitals in the United States and Canada. Each year Spirit also sponsors and hosts Halloween celebrations in children's hospitals throughout the country.
“Our Child Life Program offers comfort to pediatric patients during times of hospitalization and during medical procedures,” says John A. Brennan, MD, MPH, President and Chief Executive Officer of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and CHoNJ. “This donation now allows us to extend this valuable service to children during weekend hours.”
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, (NBIMC), a 673-bed regional care teaching hospital, provides comprehensive health care to its local communities and well beyond. NBIMC has more than 800 physicians, 3,200 employees and 150 volunteers with over 300,000 outpatient visits and 25,000 admissions annually. NBIMC is fifth in the nation in the number of heart transplants with better than expected outcomes, has the only lung transplant program in New Jersey, and combined with Saint Barnabas Medical Center, both Saint Barnabas Health Care System affiliates, is third in the nation for kidney transplants, by volume. To learn more, visit us on line at www.newarkbeth.com
Children's Hospital of New Jersey, located at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and part of the Barnabas Health, is the state's premier hospital caring for children, with specialized services to treat ill and injured children from newborn to adolescent years and has the most comprehensive pediatric cardiac care program in the region as well as preventive programs that promote wellness in the community. For a referral to a pediatrician or pediatric specialist, please call 1-888-724-7123.
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February 22, 2012
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