Getting a double purpose out of a donation of 10 new iPads required some fancy footwork. A $5,000 donation from the NJ SIM Foundation, Inc., which focuses on serving the information technology needs of the state’s nonprofit organizations, recently funded 10 new iPads for the Child Life Program at Goryeb Children’s Hospital. Before delivery to the hospital, the new technology was routed to the Hanover Marriott to be used at the Goryeb 10th Anniversary celebration. Goryeb graduates with iPad donors from NJ SIM Foundation Ten former patients of Goryeb Children’s Hospital walked around with the iPads during the cocktail reception so that guests could view the hospital’s website, a 10-year timeline of milestones, and a list of other events related to its anniversary celebration. “This was a nice touch for the evening,” says 19-year-old Samantha Stewart, a former thyroid patient at Goryeb and member of the Kids4Kids committee. “The guests were interested to see how far the hospital had come in 10 years.” Now being used with the Child Life Program at the hospital, the iPads are an invaluable distraction for children who play games, watch movies and listen to music while awaiting surgery or treatment. Doctors are also able to download videos and show a child what is going to happen during a procedure or surgery to ease some anxiety.
A Loving Remembrance Investing in medical staff education helps Priscilla Welles keep the memory of her father, Dr. Eugene Watkins, former chief of surgery, alive at Morristown Medical Center. Mrs. Welles, along with other generous donors, funded the Distinguished Lecture Series for a second year in a row, featuring Fabrizio Michelassi, MD, a world-renowned surgeon specializing in gastrointestinal and pancreatic cancers, as the Dr. Eugene Watkins Visiting Professor. Held this past November, the two-day event included a dinner, lecture and Grand Rounds for the surgical staff and residents. “His exemplary surgical technique and devoted patient care set the bar high for those who followed him,” says Mrs. Welles. “He prized education and had a thirst for knowledge that never left him. The lecture series seems like a fitting way to honor him.” Priscilla Welles and her father, Dr. Eugene Watkins, at age 92
When kids are in the hospital for long periods of time, the unexpected gift of a new game or favorite toy can really make their day. This premise inspired the first annual Swim-a-Thon held at Harbor Hills Day Camp last August. As 500 campers swam up and down the pool, their parents donated money for each lap, raising more than $2,000 for Goryeb Children’s Hospital. “We want to instill in our campers the need to help those less fortunate,” says Herb Tannenbaum, PhD, owner of Harbor Hills Day Camp. “We know the money raised will go far in purchasing merchandise to help bring a smile to kids with long-term illnesses at the hospital.” Pictured: (l-r) Jim Quinn, the Foundation’s chief development officer; Fran Drigun, Atlantic Health’s director of women’s and children’s services; David Shulkin, MD, president of Morristown Medical Center; Herb Tannenbaum, PhD, owner of Harbor Hills Day Camp, Kim E. Rodgers of Harbor Hills, and Lisa Ciarrocca, systems manager of Child Life for Goryeb.
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The iPad Shuffle
Foundation Journal Winter 2013