to Support the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital
(October 1, 2019) Paramus, NJ - The Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation recently held the second annual NICU STRONG Walk. The walk was hosted by the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Family Advisory Council to support funding innovative treatment, cutting-edge equipment to provide exceptional care, and patient and family needs of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Hackensack Meridian Health Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital.
“More than 900 people participated in this year’s walk, including the families of former patients and team members from the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital,” said Ihor S. Sawczuk, M.D., regional president, Northern Market, Hackensack Meridian Health. “The funds that everyone worked so hard to raise will be used to purchase more leading edge technology for our NICU, allowing us to continue as a leader in neonatal care.”
Since its inception in 2018, money has helped fund a Laerdal Premature Anne manikin, a SimNewB and some parent programs.
“I’d like to thank our entire team for creating a caring environment where our youngest of patients can grow and thrive,” said Judy Aschner, M.D., clinical director of the Children’s Care Transformation Service, Hackensack Meridian Health and physician-in-chief of Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital. “Our team’s participation and support of this walk demonstrates their commitment to providing the very best care for our patients and their families.”
Led by Joseph and Giselle Mongiello and their twin daughters, who were born at 28 weeks, the NICU Family Advisory Council began NICUSTRONG to represent the strength of families, babies and the strong bond with the hospital team including physicians, nurses and other clinical and administrative team members.
“We cannot forget our time in the NICU, no matter how far we have come from it. The NICU at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital saved our little miracles,” Giselle shares.
Joseph adds, “We originally came up with the idea of the walk after attending a resource-group conference because we wanted to do more to help the NICU that helped us!”
The NICU Family Advisory Council is comprised of NICU graduate parents and team members to help current NICU families, and fundraise to support the NICU at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital.
Approximately 80 newborns weigh less than 1,500 grams (three pounds, five ounces.) The Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital provides an array of services included neonatal transport, intravenous nutrition, mechanical ventilation, high-frequency oscillation (rapid ventilation up to 900 breaths per minute), body cooling for newborns and inhaled nitric oxide.
The Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation recently held the second annual NICU STRONG Walk. More than $100,000 was raised this year to support vital equipment, patient and family needs of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital.
About Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center
The Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital provides comprehensive medical and surgical pediatric care in more than 30 sub-specialty areas, all integrated within a state-of–the-art, child-and family-focused facility. Whether it’s a complex surgery, emergency situation, or treatment for a chronic condition, the team of physicians, nurses and caregivers treat each child as one of their own in a friendly and convenient setting, close to home. The Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital is designated by the State of New Jersey as a children’s hospital and is one of a select group designated as a full institutional member of the Children’s Hospital Association. This designation honors the contributions of a dedicated team of health care professionals, team members and volunteers who have made the children’s hospital a world-class healing environment for children and their families for many years. More significantly, this designation builds on that commitment of care for children that Hackensack University Medical Center has always provided. The Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital was designed with the littlest patients in mind and even our equipment is specially-designed for children. It includes the Children’s Cancer Institute, The Audrey Hepburn Children’s House, a state-designated Regional Diagnostic Center for Child Abuse and Neglect, a 24-hour pediatric emergency department, an epilepsy monitoring unit and a pediatric intensive care unit; all of which enables the hospital to provide the most advanced health services for children who require the highest level of care. The hospital is a Regional Perinatal Center providing the highest level of Neonatal Intensive Care with more than 40 NICU beds available. Our Magnet recognized nurses are dedicated to achieving excellence in patient- and family-centered services by providing the highest level of quality care. Here, leaders in the field of pediatric medicine use their outstanding diagnostic skills, advanced technologies, and breakthrough treatments to change lives.
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 the largest, most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care, which is comprised of 35,000 team members and more than 7,000 physicians. Hackensack University Medical Center is ranked #2 in New Jersey and #59 in the country in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-20 Best Hospital rankings and is ranked high-performing in the U.S. in colon cancer surgery, lung cancer surgery, COPD, heart failure, heart bypass surgery, aortic valve surgery, abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, knee replacement and hip replacement. Out of 4,500 hospitals evaluated, Hackensack is one of only 57 that received a top rating in all nine procedures and conditions. 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 26 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 sixth consecutive designation in 2019. Hackensack University Medical Center has created an entire campus of award-winning care, including: John Theurer Cancer Center, a consortium member of the NCI-designated Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive 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.