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Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation Board Welcomes Three New Trustees


MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - In support of the largest pediatric rehabilitation health system in the United States, the Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation and its trustees work tirelessly to ensure financial stability so the Hospital can continue to expertly care for children with complex medical needs. To that end, the Hospital Foundation is pleased to announce three new appointments to its board of trustees.

“So much of the Foundation’s success hinges on the enthusiasm, leadership, and support of our trustees,” said Philip Salerno, III, president and chief development officer, Children’s SpecializedHospital Foundation. “I am immensely proud of the work we do together and thankful for their dedication to creating better lives for the children and families who benefit from that work.”

The new trustees are as follows:

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Nicholas Boccella is managing partner and portfolio manager with Marquis Wealth Advisors in Chatham, New Jersey. He is the immediate past chair of the Foundation board, and currently co-chairs both the annual Golf Classic fundraiser and the investment committee.

Michele Hall-Duncan is the executive director of enCourage Kids Foundation, formerly known as the Starlight Foundation. The New York-based organization gives kids facing a variety of health issues an opportunity to laugh, play and have fun – whether they are being treated in a facility like Children’sSpecialized Hospital or living at home. Through Hall-Duncan’s efforts and support, the patients at Children’s Specialized Hospital have received benefited from increased access to technology such as iPads and a robotic devise used for telemedicine

Michael Miller is senior vice president of wealth management for Morgan Stanley in Westfield, New Jersey. He was introduced to Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation through is work with the Chang Foundation, which has provided grants to renovate the ambulatory care center in Mountainside and to support the launch of the new Pediatric Primary Care

The Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation raised $8 million in 2015 to support the pediatric rehabilitation programs and services of the Hospital. The majority of gifts were designated for special projects like the opening of a new outpatient center in Warren, which expanded access to care for children across the state. Unlike acute care hospitals, Children’s Specialized does not receive government funding to care for patients who are uninsured or underinsured. The Foundation supports the Children’s Specialized Hospital Benefit Fund that helps make up the financial difference between the rehabilitation a child needs and what his or her family’s insurance will cover.  View a complete list of the Foundation board of trustees.

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 children can achieve more of their goals.  To help, or find more information: call 888-CHILDRENS; visit; Facebook:;'s-specialized-hospital

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