Newark, NJ—Children’s Hospital of New Jersey (CHoNJ) has been chosen as the recipient of a $50,000 grant through the Wal-Mart Foundation as part of the Associate Choice Program. The grant is the result of an online campaign where Wal-Mart associates voted directly for a nonprofit to receive funding in their home state. CHoNJ is among three organizations that Wal-Mart associates voted for in New Jersey to receive a grant of $10,000, $20,000 or $50,000.
Voting took place between June 30 and August 6. Now in its third year, the seven-week voting program awarded $4 million in grants to statewide organizations across the U.S.
“This grant will help us to further enhance the pediatric programs and services that provide outstanding care to New Jersey residents,” says John A. Brennan, MD, MPH, President and Chief Executive Officer of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and CHoNJ.
The grant will be used as part of CHoNJ’s Building Blocks of Hope and Healing campaign, an important initiative to provide comfortable overnight accommodations within the hospital campus to families with ill and injured children in the hospital for long term stays. Parents are naturally reluctant to leave the bedside of their ill child in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), and the new accommodations would greatly help parents of these premature and ill newborns. The planned accommodations will provide a real bed for parents to use and the opportunity to take a shower without having to travel far from their child. Some NICU babies are hospitalized at CHoNJ for more than 100 days before they are healthy enough to go home.
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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September 24, 2012
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