|(left to right, Row 1): Tara Kelly, vice president of development, Monmouth Medical Center Foundation; Victoria Lee; Luke Walz; Susan Dulczak, clinical director, The Valerie Fund Children’s Center; Bill Arnold, chief operating officer, Monmouth Medical Center. (Row 2): Suzanne Corcoran, executive board member, Hope For Children Foundation; Margaret Fisher, M.D., medical director, The Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center; Kristie Kane—Curiazza, executive board member, Hope For Children Foundation; and Marybeth Walz, vice president, Hope For Children Foundation. (Row 3): Heather Sperduto, executive board member Hope For Children Foundation; and Ed Walz, board member Hope For Children Foundation.
Long Branch, NJ – More than 60 people gathered recently for a grand opening reception and ribbon-cutting celebration of two private pediatric rooms at The Valerie Fund Children’s Center at The Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center, which treats children of all ages with leukemia and other cancers and blood disorders.
The two inpatient rooms, as well as a teen-friendly bathroom and an expanded area for a family waiting room, are outfitted to meet the specific needs of The Valerie Center’s young patients and their families. Funds for the renovations/construction of the rooms were provided by the Hope For Children Foundation, a group of Monmouth County young professionals, entrepreneurs and parents working together make a significant positive difference in the lives of children.
“These new rooms are inviting and comfortable for our families and make the inpatient stays a little easier,” said Margaret Fisher, M.D., chair of Pediatrics and medical director of The Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center. “We are very grateful for all of the support of the Hope for Children Foundation.”
Founded in 2002, the Hope For Children Foundation is a long-time supporter of The Valerie Center and was also responsible for providing the funds for a full-time child life specialist for the clinic.
The Valerie Fund Center provides comprehensive medical services to infants, children, adolescents and young adults with leukemia and other cancers and blood disorders, such as sickle cell anemia, thalassemia and thrombocytopenia.
The Valerie Fund was established in 1976 in the memory of Valerie Goldstein, a nine-year-old Warren resident who died in 1976 after a six-year battle with cancer. The Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center became a part of this network in 1983 as the second Valerie Fund Children's Center in New Jersey. Today there are seven Valerie Fund Children's Centers for Cancer and Blood Disorders located in major hospitals in New Jersey, New York, and the Philadelphia area providing caring, comprehensive, state-of-the-art outpatient health care to more than 4,000 children and their families each year.
For more information about the Valerie Fund Center at the Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center, call 732-923-7455.
About Monmouth Medical Center
Located in Long Branch, N.J., Monmouth Medical Center, a Barnabas Health facility, along with the 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 Report has recognized Monmouth as a regional leader in cancer, geriatrics, gynecology, neurology and neurosurgery. For more information on Monmouth Medical Center, visit www.barnabashealth.org.
August 24, 2012
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