Devils Generals Visit Children’s Specialized Hospital
Tonight, the Devils Generals will get to spend the evening at PSE&G Children’s Specialized Hospital cheering up children and families. The Generals and the Devils organization have been asked to help decorate “shadow boxes” in one of the hallways to help brighten up the lives of those who spend a lot of time inside the confines of a hospital.
I recently spoke with Beth Anne Dobosh, Director of Community Engagement, to get some background on the hospital. Here is what she shared with me:
“Children’s Specialized Hospital is the preeminent provider of rehabilitation services for children with special needs. The hospital serves children affected by brain injury, spinal cord injury, premature birth, autism, developmental delays, and life-changing illnesses. There are ten sites in New Jersey and the hospital treats over 20,000 children each year, making it the largest pediatric rehabilitation system of its kind in the nation. Services at this hospital include outpatient services, acute rehabilitation, and long-term care through its sites in Bayonne, Clifton, Egg Harbor Township, Mountainside, Toms River, Fanwood, Hamilton, New Brunswick and Roselle Park as well as outreach programs in many communities.”
Rebecca Mazzarella, Media Relations Manager, also shared some information with me:
The PSE&G Children’s Specialized Hospital located in New Brunswick, NJ, was first opened in 2007, and represents one out of ten locations associated with Children’s Specialized Hospital. The New Brunswick hospital provides inpatient services for patients recovering from brain injuries, serious illnesses, premature birth, major surgeries, and chronic illnesses. The hospital treats patients ranging in age from birth until twenty-one years of age. PSE&G Children’s Specialized Hospital represents New Jersey’s largest pediatric rehabilitation center. The site includes a physical therapy gym, an occupational therapy gym, personalized rooms used for one-on-one therapy sessions, sixty beds, two family lounges, two playgrounds, recreational therapy areas, a meditation room, a family resource center, game rooms, and play rooms. Each patient bedroom includes sleep amenities for families that choose to stay overnight with their children. The New Brunswick location is associated with the Robert Wood Johnson Pediatric health campus, and is directly adjacent to the Child Health Institute of New Jersey. These institutions offer research scientists, physicians, and rehabilitation specialists the opportunity to share resources and information with one another, ultimately allowing them to provide patients with the best possible care. Upon entering the PSE&G Children’s Specialized Hospital, one can immediately notice the homelike atmosphere the hospital provides after witnessing the vast amount of amenities the hospital offers, as well as meeting friendly faculty and staff members that provide loving care to each and every patient.
Tonight we will get a chance to visit the New Brunswick location where we will take a tour of the 60 bed inpatient hospital including their therapy gym and indoor therapy pool. Then we will decorate the “Hall of Transformation” with a New Jersey Devils theme. This hall is to be enjoyed by all the patients, families and staff on this pediatric healthcare campus.
“Children’s Specialized is so fortunate to have great community partners like the NJ Devils’ “Generals” to give of their time and talent. We are truly grateful for their willingness to give back and spread the word about who we are and what we do”, said Beth Anne Dobosh.
Children’s Specialized Hospital is a proud member of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation supports the programs and services of the hospital. The Foundation is ranked among the top six pediatric hospital foundations in the country. To help, or find more information: visit http://www.childrens-specialized.org, find us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter @ChildrensSpecNJ.