HackensackUMC Reuten Clinic Learning Center Reopens with Wizarding Theme

December 15, 2014 10:45 AM
The Learning Center in the Reuten Clinic for pediatric hematology/oncology at Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at HackensackUMC reopened with a magical wizard theme.

The Reuten Clinic for pediatric hematology/oncology at Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center reopened its Children’s Learning Center on Friday, December 5 with a magical wizard theme from young adult literature.  The reinvigorated Learning Center features murals, computers, a magical chandelier, aged wood flooring, desks, a state-of-the-art SMART board, and a portrait “thank you” wall for all of the supporters of the project.  

“The Center will help promote learning and creativity for our patients while they are here receiving treatment.  Our thoughts for the future are to raise the level of education to include virtual field trips with the SMART board.  This new room is a place where our patients can feel comfortable and be excited about learning,” said Sarah Donnangelo, coordinator of educational services, Institute for Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders and leader of the project to revitalize the Learning Center. 

Every aspect of the new Learning Center involved work from countless volunteers.  Sponsors not only donated funds, but also their time and talent to help design, plan, paint, and build the room. 

“This would not have been possible without the support of the Society of American Registered Architects (SARA); Abby Schwartz and Abby Schwartz Associates; Joseph Calandra, Artistic Interiors;
Dr. Miriam Gulotta and many private donors throughout the hospital and the community. We were so fortunate to have so many to assist in rebuilding this center,” said Ms. Donnangelo. 

Dr. Michael Harris, co-director of the Institute for Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders helped to dedicate the new center and commented about Ms. Donnangelo’s leadership in creating the concept for the room and bringing it to life.  “We are so thankful for Sarah’s leadership on this project.  She saw to it that every aspect of this room would reflect a fun, inviting atmosphere for our patients.” 

The Learning Center is open to pediatric patients during, before, or after treatment as a fun space to play and learn.  It is located in the Don Imus – WFAN Pediatric Center for Tomorrows Children, adjacent to the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at HackensackUMC in the pediatric hematology/oncology/bone marrow transplant department.  The Institute for Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders is a comprehensive program for children, adolescents and young adults that offers patients and families a multidisciplinary approach to treat all types of cancer and blood diseases. The Blood and Marrow Transplant Program is the only pediatric stem cell transplant program in the state of New Jersey, and the physicians and medical staff are some of the most prominent providers in their field.  The dedicated research team gives patients access to more than 100 cutting-edge clinical trials.

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 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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