WOODLAND PARK, NJ - Healing the Children New Jersey (HTCNJ) will honor Berkeley College with the 2018 Partnership in Caring Award for its support and volunteer efforts made by faculty and students from the Berkeley College School of Health Studies.

In addition, Joseph Charleman, CST, CSFA, CRCST, LPN, chair, surgical technology, Berkeley College School of Health Studies, will receive the Sue Tiger Memorial Award. Both awards will be presented during the HTCNJ Annual Gala on May 12, 2018, at the Canoe Brook Country Club in Summit.

For the past several years,  Charleman has united students, alumni and faculty with professionals from leading healthcare organizations in the region to help children in a number of countries receive needed surgeries. 

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It began in 2013, with the Berkeley College students and faculty assisted HTCNJ with packaging and sterilizing medical equipment for upcoming missions. Since then, Berkeley College volunteers have participated in several medical trips through the Medical Teams Abroad Program of HTCNJ, which provides pro bono medical care and related medical care and related services to children in developing countries.

“Over the past several years we have developed a strong partnership with Berkeley College as a result of Joe’s efforts. We value this collaboration and hope it will continue to grow as we continue our mission of providing quality medical care to children in need and giving them the opportunity for a brighter future,” said Diane Calesnick, president, Board of Trustees, Healing the Children New Jersey.

Charleman’s first trip brought him to La Romana, Dominican Republic in 2013, where he served as a trip administrator for a team that evaluated 325 patients and performed 52 Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) surgeries on children. The 18-person team included surgeons, nurses, and anesthesiologists from New Jersey and New York hospitals. In 2014, Charleman was a member of an HTCNJ team that returned to La Romana on a combined ENT and ophthalmology trip to evaluate 620 patients and conducted 112 medical procedures.

In 2014, the Berkeley College School of Health Studies participated in its first medical mission trip to Guayaquil, Ecuador, with HTCNJ. While volunteering at the Dr. Roberto Gilbert Elizalde Children’s Hospital, the largest pediatric hospital in Ecuador, faculty and alumni were proud to be part of the team who evaluated 44 patients and performed 24 surgeries for pediatric urology-related issues.

Charleman received recognition for his efforts from the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey and the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management in 2015. The following year while on a medical trip in Guayaquil, the Healing the Children pediatric urology team, including Charleman and Berkeley College volunteers, were honored during a dinner reception hosted by the U.S. Counsel General to Ecuador.

“The feeling of accomplishment and fulfillment cannot be put into words,” Charleman said. “The opportunity for students and faculty to participate in a global healthcare experience and apply interventions through skills they learned within the classroom is education at its highest level.”

Charleman will be bringing Berkeley College faculty and students on a HTCNJ pediatric urology medical trip to the Dr. Roberto Gilbert Elizalde Children’s Hospital in Guayaquil from Oct. 28 to Nov. 4.

To learn more about the Surgical Technology program at Berkeley College School of Health Studies, visit berkeleycollege.edu/academics_bc/5714.htm