NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - There were caps and sashes for 53 special “graduates” who were honored at the PSE&G Children’s Specialized Hospital infant and toddler rehabilitation celebration April 17. These special children, aged birth through two years, have complex medical needs and received comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation services in 2014 and 2015. More than 300 friends, family members, and hospital caregivers filled the Arlene and Henry Schwartzman Courtyard at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick for the ceremony.
“We are honored our patient families entrusted us to care for their babies,” said Sharon Burke, MD, director of the infant toddler program, PSE&G Children’s Specialized Hospital. “Many of these children were born too early with life-changing complications or born with rare or life-threatening conditions. Our dedicated team personalized their care using innovative therapies and medical treatments. Most importantly, we embraced these families, living our value of compassion to ensure they felt supported during their entire journey.”
While most families celebrate their baby’s first smile, first tooth or first steps at home, Children’s Specialized Hospital staff is fortunate enough to share these milestones with our patients’ families during their time with us. This special event allows the families and staff to reunite and celebrate the tremendous progress they’ve made and new milestones they’ve accomplished since they’ve been home!
Fundraising events throughout the year help support the annual event and provide each child with laptop computers, gift cards and personal family portraits. Special thanks are owed to the many volunteers and staff members who attended and planned the event.
The April 17th graduation was dedicated to Amy B. Mansue, president of the southern region for RWJ Barnabas Health and immediate past president and CEO of Children’s Specialized Hospital for her commitment and advocacy to children with complex medical needs and their families.
For more information about the infant and toddler inpatient rehabilitation program, visit: www.childrens-specialized.org
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