Starlight Children’s Foundation NY NJ CT Unveils New Care Room at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital

January 20, 2015 09:29 AM
The Starlight Children’s FoundationâNY*NJ*CT recently unveiled a new Starlight Siteâcare room in the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at HackensackUMC..

             Starlight Children’s FoundationâNY*NJ*CT, along with representatives from the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital, and partners from Ernst & Young recently unveiled a new Starlight Siteâcare room at Hackensack University Medical Center.  The new care room, sponsored by partners at Ernst & Young, is designed with a “Dragonfly Pond” theme that includes new flooring with tiles designed in the shape of a pond, complete with lotus flowers, a frog and goldfish peeking up from the pond surface; custom murals where birds and dragonflies soar; inspirational quotes that flank a custom designed wall panel containing colorful, dimensional painted pond grasses and cattails; fiber-optic twinkling lights that follow each flight trail of the dragonflies; an area for children to select a toy; a new flat screen TV with a DVD player and more. The décor and ambiance were designed to create an inviting feel that will help calm children’s fears, distract them from their pain and engage them in the treatment process.

            “This beautiful care room provides a very special space for our children,” 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 allow us to take a potentially unpleasant procedure and transform it into a much better experience for the child and family.  We are grateful to the Starlight Children’s Foundation and to Ernst & Young for their support in making this important project a reality for our patients.”

                Many seriously ill children undergo procedures in hospital treatment rooms and it is often in these rooms where some of a child’s most difficult and painful experiences occur. The rooms can seem intimidating and Starlight is addressing this issue by renovating treatment rooms in hospitals across the tri-state area with new Care Rooms. 

                “Studies show that when children are calm during medical procedures, the procedure goes much faster and causes them less stress,” said Michele Hall-Duncan, executive director of Starlight NY*NJ*CT. “Not only does this improve the hospital experience for the child, it also enables doctors and nurses to spend more time treating other patients. We are very thankful for Ernst & Young’s donation, which will help to ease the minds of thousands of New Jersey children who spend time at the incredible Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center.”

                In addition to the new Care Room, Starlight sponsors weekly clown visits to the pediatric unit, hospital parties, Starlight Tablets, Starlight Fun Center mobile entertainment units and has provided a variety of grants for murals, technology, specialists and more.  Starlight also has contributed portable units that contain a Nintendo Wii and Sharp AQUOS™ LCD television that offers entertainment to sick children who can’t leave their bedside. To date, Starlight has completed more than 30 care rooms throughout the tri-state area with several others under development.


The Starlight Children’s FoundationâNY*NJ*CT recently unveiled a new Starlight Siteâcare room in the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center. From left to right:  Carol Weber, administrative director, Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital; Helen A. Cunning, vice president, Development-Strategic Campaigns, HackensackUMC Foundation; Kimberly Ludwig, RN, Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital; Robert B. Budelman, III, executive director, Individual Giving, HackensackUMC Foundation; Linda Stanton, administrative director, Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital; Robert Glenning; executive vice president, chief financial officer, HackensackUMC; Colleen Kearney, administrative director, Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital; Tim Tracy, Ernst & Young New Jersey Office managing partner; Joan Palermo, partner, Ernst & Young; Michele Hall-Duncan, executive director, Starlight Foundation;  Tom Griffith, partner, Ernst & Young; 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; and Ellen Goldring, section chief, Child Life, Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital.


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:   

About Starlight Children’s Foundation NY*NJ*CT

Starlight Children’s Foundation New York*NJ*CT is part of Starlight's global network, serving kids and families through partnerships with more than 100 healthcare facilities. Founded in 1982, Starlight is a leading global charity that partners with experts to improve the life and health of kids and families around the world. Collaborating with innovators in pediatric healthcare, entertainment and technology, Starlight provides a unique blend of family-centered programs and services from hospital to home. Starlight partners with more than 1,750 healthcare facilities and pediatric hospitals in Australia, Canada, Israel, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States, serving millions of children every year. To learn more, visit





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