Attend an Event from the Comfort of Your Couch
On March 23, the Office of Gift Planning and Hackensack Meridian Health Foundation’s Philanthropic Planning Council hosted, The Market, Minimum Distributions, Medical Directives and More, the second of three virtual programs in their 3 to Cheer & 3 to Fear series. If you missed it, you can view the webinar here.
The 10th Anniversary Race of the Annual Susan Zabransky Hughes Memorial Run will be held virtually this year on April 24. Gather your friends and family and run or walk as a team! All proceeds will benefit various initiatives at Hackensack Meridian Hackensack University Medical Center. To register or learn more, click here.
Hackensack Meridian Raritan Bay Medical Center Foundation’s Golf Outing will take place on May 3 at Manasquan River Golf Club in Brielle, NJ. To register, click here. To learn more, please contact Paige Cooper, strategic events coordinator, at Paige.Cooper@hmhn.org.
Our events team is actively working on planning our 2021 network-wide events and celebrations. For a full listing of events, please click here.
A Grateful Patient Makes an Impact to Benefit Future Physicians
Inspired by the exceptional patient care she received from Michael Stifelman, M.D., chair, Department of Urology, director, Robotic Surgery, Hackensack University Medical Center, professor and chairman of urology, Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine, and his team, she knew that making a gift to benefit research and education at the Department of Urology at Hackensack University Medical Center was the best way to show her appreciation. Dottie generously donated $147,000 to the Department of Urology – the largest gift Dr. Stifelman and his team have received to date.
Since 2017, Dottie has given nearly $350,000 to the Department of Urology. Her significant contributions have been used to support the Urology Fellowship Fund and important research that will benefit patients for years to come. Dottie’s most recent donation will advance urologic research and fund a newly named one-year fellowship for medical residents entitled, The Dottie Purcell Endourology Fellowship. Endourology, a urology subspecialty, focuses on minimally invasive techniques used to inspect the urinary tract and perform surgery. The fellowship, which combines clinical and research activities in endourology, laparoscopy and robotic surgery, is the first accredited fellowship of its kind in New Jersey — and one of the first in the United States.
Educating the next generation of physicians is a major priority for the Department of Urology. With Dottie’s support, the department can continue to provide life-changing care to patients and offer advanced clinical training to physicians.
Grateful patients who make an incredible impact, like Dottie, are testaments to the innovative care that patients receive throughout Hackensack Meridian Health. We thank Dottie from the bottom of our hearts for sharing her gratitude with us, and for remembering the great potential our team members and researchers have to continue to make a difference in the future.
Virtual Reality Goggles are “Game-Changers” for Pediatric Patients in need of MRIs
Each year, more than 3,300 pediatric MRI examinations are done at the Children’s Hospital for various needs, and can range anywhere from 20 minutes to three hours depending on many different factors. Sometimes, long scans often require sedation due to a child’s inability to stay still.
With a focus on reducing sedation for children, the Children’s Hospital is relying on alternate protocols and coping tactics, like virtual reality goggles. We are fortunate to have just received a special pair of virtual reality goggles from Team Campbell Foundation that integrates perfectly with an MRI machine on site. With these nifty goggles, patients are able to listen to music and watch movies or shows, keeping their minds occupied during procedures. They can even communicate with MRI technicians.
Equipment like this can make quite a difference in the care our patients receive, especially children. A procedure that can be cumbersome or fearful can be made entertaining or even enjoyable. We thank Team Campbell Foundation for their wonderful support; adventure is just a pair of goggles away!
Celebrate Child Life Month
In recognition of Child Life Month, please join us in thanking our Child Life specialists at Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital and K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital. These wonderful team members spend their days trying to make hospitalization easier for children and their families. Their role within our medical centers would not be possible without the help of philanthropy and dedicated donors like you.
Honoring Our Health Care Heroes on COVID-19 Heroes Day
Earlier this month, the New Jersey Assembly designated March 9 as “COVID-19 Heroes Day” in recognition of essential team members around our state who have provided critical services to our communities. To say we are grateful for the dedication and tireless efforts of our health care heroes, which includes all of the hard-working team members that make up our great hospitals, research center and other sites, is an understatement. To our health care heroes throughout Hackensack Meridian Health, we appreciate you not just on March 9, but every day.
To those who continue to support our COVID-19 Response or Circle of Compassion funds, we thank you for your endless commitment.