NEWARK, NJ – Gilda’s Club Northern New Jersey (Gilda’s Club NNJ), Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (NBIMC) and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey host the grand opening celebration of Gilda’s Club Newark today at noon, located at 208 Lyons Avenue across the street from Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.
The building was donated by NBIMC and the renovations were made possible by a $ 447,000 grant to Gilda’s Club NNJ from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The 4,000 square-foot space with four levels houses a community room, a sun room, an art room, a kitchen, four support group rooms and “Noogieland”, a playroom for kids with cancer or kids who have a family member or friend with the illness.
“Barnabas Health is proud to open the new Red Door of Gilda’s Club at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center to offer support to men, women and children in our communities, who have received a cancer diagnosis, and their family members. The name Gilda’s Club signifies to all a warm welcome, and emotional, social and educational support which is a wonderful complement to the renowned cancer care at Newark Beth Israel,” said Barry H. Ostrowsky, president and CEO of Barnabas Health.
“We are thrilled to open our doors in Newark so that more people with cancer can benefit from the social and emotional support that is an important complement to medical care,” said Ruth Dugan, Gilda’s Club NNJ board president.
Founded in the memory of Gilda Radner, Saturday Night Live comedienne who died of ovarian cancer at the age 42, Gilda’s Club Newark will be an inviting meeting place with a home-like atmosphere for people with cancer and their families and friends.
“At Gilda’s Club, everyone can learn together how to live with cancer while building community,” says Joanna Bull, Gilda Radner’s psychotherapist and co-founder of Gilda’s Club in her legacy. “We are honored to become a part of the Newark community to provide an uplifting experience for a community with special needs, especially people of color who have the highest cancer death rate and shortest survival rate of all racial or ethnic groups in America,” continues Bull, special guest speaker at the Grand Opening ceremony.
Marc Berson, Board Chairman of NBIMC said, “The opening of a Gilda’s Club near Newark Beth Israel Medical Center has been one of our top community priorities for some time. This is an investment in the future well being of each cancer patient from The Beth and hospitals and cancer centers throughout Essex and surrounding counties. The community is an integral work of our existence, which is why Gilda’s Clubhouse is an invaluable resource.”
John A. Brennan, MD, MPH, President and Chief Executive Officer of NBIMC said, “Gilda’s Club will be a sanctuary of hope and healing for every cancer patient who uses this beautiful facility. There is a direct correlation between health and healing – Gilda’s Club will contribute to the healing process for patients.”
Gilda’s Club Newark will provide free services and programs to anyone in Essex and surrounding counties whose lives have been touched by cancer – so that no one will have to face cancer alone.
For more information about Gilda’s Club Newark, call 201-457-1670, visit www.gildasclubnnj.org or join the conversation on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/GildasClubNNJ.
About Gilda’s Club Northern New Jersey:
Gilda’s Club Northern New Jersey is a cancer-support community serving 12 counties in North Jersey as well as southern Rockland County, and is part of an international network of affiliate clubhouses anchored by Gilda’s Club Worldwide. All services at the Hackensack-based clubhouse, from lectures and workshops to support groups and social events, are open to anyone – men, women, children and teens – who has been touched in any way by cancer, and are completely free of charge. For further information or to make a donation, visit www.gildasclubnnj.org or call (201) 457-1670.
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 and 3,200 employees with over 300,000 outpatient visits and 25,000 admissions annually. NBIMC is third 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 Barnabas Health affiliates, is third in the nation for kidney transplants, by volume. NBIMC received three of the top awards for 2012 by the New Jersey Hospital Association and was one of five hospitals nationwide to receive the coveted 2012 NOVA Award from the American Hospital Association. 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 Barnabas Health, is the state's premier hospital for children, with specialized services to treat children from newborn to adolescent and has the most comprehensive pediatric cardiac care program in the region as well as preventive programs that promote wellness in the community. CHoNJ is home to the Kids Fit, an awarding winning health, fitness and nutrition program for children.
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Date: September 25, 2012
Kaitlyn Krieger, The Marcus Group, Inc. (Gilda’s Club NNJ)
Tracy Munford, Barnabas Health
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