Garden of Dreams Foundation Unveils Refurbished Outpatient Registration Area in the Pediatric Center at the Joseph M. Sanzari Childrens Hospital

January 13, 2015 10:57 AM
The Garden of Dreams Foundation unveiled the refurbished Pediatric Outpatient Family Welcome Area at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at HackensackUMC.

The Garden of Dreams Foundation recently unveiled the refurbished Pediatric Outpatient Family Welcome Area at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at HackensackUMC. The newly renovated and redecorated space on the 3rdfloor of the WFAN Building features breathtaking murals in the pediatric center patient and family registration area, elevator banks and hallways, offers a more comfortable and soothing environment for children facing treatment. 

“Because of these beautiful renovations, the 17,000 pediatric medical visits that take place in this area of our children’s hospital will begin in this spectacular registration and waiting area. What a great gift for our patients and their families,” said Jeffrey R. Boscamp, M.D., HackensackUMC vice president and chief academic officer and chairman and physician-in-chief of the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital.  “It is through the support of organizations like the Garden of Dreams Foundation that we are able to provide the best possible and highest-quality healthcare.”

The completion of the $175,000 “Garden of Dreams Foundation Registration and Waiting Area” project, which was put together by renowned artist James Kimack, is the latest example of the Foundation’s commitment to support tangible, targeted community projects and is a part of the Foundation's newly launched Giving Program. The goal is to provide vital resources and aid to the Garden of Dreams partner organizations and their communities in the tri-state area, through targeted assistance for community improvement, program enhancement and educational opportunities. 

Through the years, the Garden of Dreams Foundation has given well over $300,000 to the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital and HackensackUMC Foundation - through direct donations and countless in-kind gifts, including:

  • New York Knicks, New York Rangers and New York Liberty commemorative items;
  • inpatient visits from Madison Square Garden-affiliated celebrities; and
  • tickets to sporting events, theatre productions and music concerts. 

Thanks to the Garden of Dreams Foundation’s generosity, some HackensackUMC patients have been provided the opportunity to take part in some amazing once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, such as:

  • performing on the stage of Radio City Music Hall in the Garden of Dreams’ annual Talent Show;
  • receiving inpatient visits from NY Rangers Legend Adam Graves;
  • warming up with NY Knicks basketball players before games; and
  • attending Taylor Swift’s sound check before a concert. 

Photo caption:

The Garden of Dreams Foundation unveiled the refurbished Pediatric Outpatient Family Welcome Area at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at HackensackUMC.From left to right:  Kimberly N. Caesar, director of Development, Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital; Adam Graves, New York Rangers legend; Maureen Keating, RN, vice president, Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital; Kym Hampton, New York Liberty legend; Jon M. Fitzgerald, vice president and chief development officer, HackensackUMC Foundation;  Jeffrey R. Boscamp, M.D., HackensackUMC vice president and chief academic officer and chairman and physician-in-chief; Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital; John Starks, New York Knicks legend; and Darryl McDaniels, Garden of Dreams board member and member of Run-DMC.

About Hackensack University Medical Center

HackensackUMC, a nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, NJ, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. Founded in 1888 as the county’s first hospital, it is the flagship hospital of Hackensack University Health Network, one of the largest health networks in the state comprised more than 11,300 employees, 3,100 credentialed medical staff members and 1,697 hospital and nursing home beds. HackensackUMC was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospital rankings for 2014-15. It is one of the top 30 hospitals in the nation by receiving 11 national specialty rankings, including a national ranking for the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Neurology and Neurosurgery in the 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospitals. The children’s hospital is housed with the Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital in the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, which was designed with The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center, and was included on the Green Guide’s list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S. HackensackUMC is among Healthgrades® America’s Best 100 Hospitals in five different areas, is one of Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals™ for eight years in a row, and received the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ 12 years in a row. The medical center has also been named a Leapfrog Top Hospital, and received 23 Gold Seals of Approval™ by the Joint Commission – more than any other hospital in the country. It was the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence; receiving its fifth consecutive designation in 2014. HackensackUMC is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls and was the Official Medical Services Provider to The Barclays PGA Golf Tournament and the NY/NJ Super Bowl XLV111 Host Committee. It remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more, visit:   



The Garden of Dreams Foundation is a non-profit organization that works with The Madison Square Garden Company to positively impact the lives of children facing obstacles.  The Foundation works with 25 partner organizations throughout the tri-state area, including hospitals, wish organizations and community-based organizations, to reach children who are facing challenges such as homelessness, extreme poverty, illness and foster care.  Since it began in 2006, Garden of Dreams has used the magic of MSG – the Rangers, Knicks, Liberty, MSG Entertainment and MSG Networks – to brighten the lives of more than 250,000 children and their families.  The Foundation takes pride in its commitment to truly change lives, hosting more than 500 event and programs each year.  In addition, through its Garden of Dreams Giving program, the Foundation helps its partner organizations meet the critical needs of the children they serve, including through direct support of scholarships and tangible, targeted community projects.  For more information on the Garden of Dreams Foundation, visit





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