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Children’s Specialized Hospital Hosts New Jersey Devils for Annual Hospital Visit

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Nick Lappin and Miles Wood surprise patients at Children's Specialized Hospital
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Children’s Specialized Hospital- an RWJBarnabas Health facility— hosted Miles Wood and Nick Lappin from the New Jersey Devils as they spread holiday cheer by visiting patients and caregivers.

Wood and Lappin met with over 60 pediatric patients from birth to 21 years of age facing special health challenges such as such as brain and spinal cord injuries, chronic illness, developmental and behavioral issues, and complications due to premature birth. They signed hockey pucks, posed for pictures, and handed out fun giveaways like t-shirts, lanyards, and schedule posters to the kids and their families.

“We are excited and thankful for the partnership between RWJBarnabas Health and the New Jersey Devils,” said Warren E. Moore, President and Chief Executive Officer of Children’s Specialized Hospitals. “It is an indescribable feeling to see the children’s faces light up when special visitors like Nick and Miles come to visit. Many of our patients and their families will be spending the holidays with us, so we are always very appreciative of once in a lifetime experiences like this which help make this holiday season a joyful one that they will never forget.”

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Children’s Specialized Hospital was one of 10 RWJBarnabas Health facilities visited by the Devils on Tuesday, in an annual tradition of the team visiting local medical centers dating back to 1982– the Devils first season in New Jersey.

Earlier this year, RWJBarnabas Health became an official health care partner with the New Jersey Devils and Prudential Center and unveiled the Center’s practice facility as the Barnabas Health Hockey House. The partnership focuses on unifying and inspiring the lives of the families, neighbors and communities throughout the state. Barnabas Health Hockey House, the epicenter of youth and amateur hockey in New Jersey, provides nutrition and wellness programs developed by RWJBarnabas Health experts and House staff as well as programs that build confidence, sportsmanship and life skills. RWJBarnabas Health and the New Jersey Devils also partner on a program that brings youth hockey clinics and wellness and nutrition education to players and coaches throughout New Jersey.

Children’s Specialized Hospital is the nation’s leading provider of inpatient and outpatient care for children from birth to 21 years of age facing special health challenges — from chronic illnesses and complex physical disabilities like brain and spinal cord injuries, to developmental and behavioral issues like autism and mental health. At thirteen different New Jersey locations, our pediatric specialists partner with families to make our many innovative therapies and medical treatments more personalized and effective...so children can achieve more of their goals.  To help, or find more information: call 888-CHILDRENS; visit www.childrens-specialized.org; Facebook: www.facebook.com/childrensspecialized; Twitter: www.twitter.com/childrensspecnj; YouTube: www.youtube.com/cshnj; LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/children's-specialized-hospital

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