HackensackUMC Honored for Collaboration with the Make-A-Wish

December 29, 2014 10:26 AM
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Hackensack University Medical Center was honored as one of the top three hospitals in New Jersey working with the Make-A-Wish® Foundation to benefit children facing life-threatening illnesses.
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Hackensack University Medical Center was honored as one of the top three hospitals in New Jersey working with Make-A-Wish® New Jersey to benefit children facing life-threatening illnesses.

Maureen Keating, vice president of the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at HackensackUMC, and Ellen Goldring, section chief of Child Life/Creative Arts Therapy of the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at HackensackUMC, attended the event which was organized to demonstrate appreciation for healthcare providers who refer children for their fondest wishes.

The Medical Professionals Reception was held in November at the Samuel & Josephine Plumeri Wishing Place in Monroe Township, NJ.  Make-A-Wish®and its collaborating medical professionals share a goal of granting a wish to every medically eligible child in the state.  

“It’s about more than just granting wishes,” said Goldring, who spoke at the event.  “It’s about the therapeutic value of Make-A-Wish®.”

The benefit, according to Goldring, is Make-A-Wish® provides an opportunity for children with life threatening illnesses to set concrete goals that focus on something other than being a patient, while acknowledging the effort it takes to be a patient.

“Children who are in the hospital often aren’t able to attend school regularly and miss out on many of the things that their peers are doing,” she says. “Make-A-Wish® acknowledges the challenges they face and rewards their hard work.”

Goldring and her colleagues have referred children for wishes that ranged from a trip to Disney World to meeting the band, One Direction.

Goldring says Make-A-Wish® can be experienced in three phases: the anticipation associated with setting goals, the experience of earning rewards through the actual event, and the lasting memories each wish leaves behind. This is especially true for families facing the end of a child’s life.

“These children had a goal and it was honored,” she says. “Make-A-Wish® marks the achievement of each child’s personal milestone and each family creates wonderful memories.”

Make-A-Wish® grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Make-A-Wish® New Jersey was founded in 1983, serving children in every municipality in the Garden State and granting more than 8,200 wishes since its inception.

Photo:Hackensack University Medical Center was honored as one of the top three hospitals in New Jersey working with the Make-A-Wish® Foundation to benefit children facing life-threatening illnesses.

Pictured left to right: Stacy Kreizman, vice president for Program Services, Make-A-Wish® New Jersey, and Maureen Keating, vice president of the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at HackensackUMC.

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 of 1,250 beds, nearly 10,000 employees and 2,700 credentialed physicians. 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 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: www.HackensackUMC.org.   

 

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