Newark, NJ—Children’s Hospital of New Jersey (CHoNJ) has been chosen as a recipient for a grant opportunity through the Walmart Foundation as part of the Associate Choice Program. The program is an online campaign where Walmart associates vote directly for a nonprofit to receive funding in their home state. CHoNJ will be among three organizations that Walmart associates can vote for in New Jersey to receive a grant of either $10,000, $20,000 or $50,000.
The hospital is guaranteed to receive one of those amounts, and voting will take 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.
“We are pleased to be one of the organizations chosen by Walmart as providing significant local benefits to the community,” says John A. Brennan, MD, MPH, President and Chief Executive Officer of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey (CHoNJ). “This grant will help us to further enhance the pediatric programs and services that provide outstanding care to New Jersey residents.”
The grant will be used as part of CHoNJ’s Building Blocks of Hope and Healing campaign, an important initiative to provide comfortable accommodations to families with ill and injured children in the hospital for long term stays. Currently there is no option of sleeping at the bedside in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), and the new accommodations would greatly help parents of these premature and ill newborns. Some NICU babies are hospitalized at CHoNJ for more than 100 days before they are healthy enough to go home.
At the end of the voting session, Walmart will announce the grant awards. “It’s a part of our mission to give back in the communities where we operate,” says Toby Youngblood - Walmart Foundation State Giving and Associate Choice. “By engaging our associates we hope it will have the double benefit of creating more awareness of the important work that is being done in our communities and also helping those organizations to through these grants.”
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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April 2, 2012
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