at Hackensack University Medical Center
July 24, 2019 - The Wilderman Fund for Maternal Mental Health recently hosted its inaugural event at the Alpine Country Club to benefit and announce the development of The Wilderman Center for Maternal Mental Health at Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center.
Proceeds from the event will support a maternal mental health navigator who will work closely with patients and team members to identify and assist women in need of mental health services during the perinatal and postpartum period. The future center will include a full complement of care – and will be the first of its kind in the northern New Jersey region, and one of only a few in the nation.
The center aims to be a place where all women and families, regardless of circumstance, will have access to the best, comprehensive perinatal mental health care possible.
“Postpartum depression is the leading complication of childbirth – one out of five women will go on to suffer from a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder, but only seven percent will actually get the care they need,” said Helen Cunning, north regional president and chief development officer, Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation. “Like any other illness, postpartum depression requires treatment. Realizing this need, we are excited to introduce The Wilderman Center for Maternal Mental Health and grateful for the support of The Wilderman Fund to make this possible.”
The Wilderman Fund was founded by Aurielle Shatz Wilderman, MA, PMH-C, president, The Wilderman Fund for Maternal Mental Health and her husband Michael J. Wilderman, M.D., FACS, director of Endovascular Surgery, Hackensack University Medical Center, as a response to the scarcity of perinatal mental health care she personally experienced when suffering from extreme illness that nearly cost her life.
“There is no defined standard of care in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders,” explained Aurielle. “With Hackensack Meridian Health, we ensure the best clinical and medical resources possible to provide comprehensive care for patients. We are weaving perinatal mental health into the fabric of health care itself.”
Those interested in supporting the development of The Wilderman Center for Maternal Mental Health can contact Clare Ward, vice president, Principal Giving, Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation, at 551-996-3448 or by email at [email protected]
PHOTO CAPTION: The Wilderman Fund for Maternal Mental Health hosted its inaugural event to benefit and introduce announce the development of The Wilderman Center for Maternal Mental Health at Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center. Proceeds from the event will support patient care at the center – the first of its kind in the northern New Jersey region, and one of only a few in the nation. Pictured from left to right: Mark D. Schlesinger, M.D., chair, Anesthesiology, Hackensack University Medical Center; Aurielle Shatz Wilderman, MA, PMH-C, president, The Wilderman Fund for Maternal Mental Health; Michael J. Wilderman, M.D., FACS, director of Endovascular Surgery, Hackensack University Medical Center; Ihor S. Sawczuk, M.D., regional president, northern market and chief research officer, Hackensack Meridian Health; and Thomas Salazer, M.D., chief, Nephrology Division and co-president of Medical and Dental Staff, Hackensack University Medical Center.
About Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center
Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center, a 781-bed 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 now part of one of the largest networks in the state comprised of 33,000 team members and more than 6,500 physicians. Hackensack University Medical Center was listed as one of the top two hospitals in New Jersey in U.S. News & World Report’s 2018-19 Best Hospital rankings. It was also named one of the top five New York Metro Area hospitals. Hackensack University Medical Center is one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more years in a row. Becker’s Hospital Review recognized Hackensack University Medical Center as one of the 100 Great Hospitals in America 2018. The medical center is one of the top 25 green hospitals in the country according to Practice Greenhealth, and received 25 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. Hackensack University Medical Center has created an entire campus of award-winning care, including: the John Theurer Cancer Center; the Heart & Vascular Hospital; and the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, which houses the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital and Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital, which was designed with The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center and listed on the Green Guide’s list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S. Hackensack University Medical Center is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls and is Official Medical Services Provider to THE NORTHERN TRUST PGA Golf Tournament. It remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events especially the Tackle Kids Cancer Campaign providing much needed research at the Children’s Cancer Institute housed at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital. To learn more, visit www.HackensackUMC.org.