|(left to right) Margaret Fisher, M.D., chair of Pediatrics and medical director of The Children’s Hospital at Monmouth; Carol Stillwell, Monmouth Medical Center Foundation board member and ; and Susan Dulczak, MSN, RN-CS, PNP, clinical director of Monmouth Medical Center’s Valerie Fund Children’s Center with pediatric patients at the annual Summer Beach Party.
Long Branch, NJ – Nearly 150 pediatric patients and their families gathered recently at Merri-Makers at Water’s Edge in Sea Bright for the annual Valerie Fund Summer Beach Party.
Hosted by Monmouth Medical Center's Valerie Fund Children's Center and underwritten by Children's Hospital benefactor Carol Stillwell, the event provides patients past and present with the opportunity to relax for a day and enjoy a barbecue, live music, games, crafts and a clown.
The fun-filled party also featured giveaways including four bicycles donated by Lonza Group through Ira Lawrence Almeas, CITE, president of Impact 4 Good, a socially conscious corporate teambuilding company whose activities all give back to the community.
“The Summer Party serves as a day to really bring our community of patients together to have a good time when there are so many ups and downs other days during the year,” said Susan Dulczak, MSN, RN-CS, PNP, clinical director of Monmouth Medical Center’s Valerie Fund Children’s Center. “It’s a wonderful time and really puts a smile on everybody’s face.”
The Valerie Fund Center at the Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical 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 13, 2012
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