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and Goryeb Children's Hospital
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Sam's Fund Annual Appeal for Sam's NICU
Samantha Marie Salzberg was born on April 3, 1987, at Morristown Memorial Hospital. Everything appeared normal until a nurse noticed her lips had a blue tinge to them. The doctors found that Sam had an underdeveloped right ventricle. Her heart wasn’t pumping enough blood to her lungs to be oxygenated. Surgery was required and, unfortunately, Morristown didn’t have the NICU capabilities to provide that treatment.
Samantha was transferred to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. Sadly, during the transfer process, she developed an infection. Sam died seven weeks later on May 26, 1987.
My family started Sam’s Fund to help the hospital build a high quality NICU to serve the families of northern New Jersey. We pledged $1.5 million to name Sam’s NICU in memory of Samantha Marie Salzberg. This amazing facility opened in 2009. (Click
for more info on the NICU.)
If Sam’s NICU was operating in 1987 we believe Samantha would be alive today.
Today, Morristown Medical Center is a designated Level III Regional Perinatal Center and Sam's is the only NICU in New Jersey that offers 34 private and semi-private rooms. Sam’s NICU provides care for the highest risk mothers and babies in the metropolitan area and is the small NICU model for the nation.
Each year, over 4,000 babies are born at Morristown Medical Center, and 450-500 infants are admitted to Sam’s NICU. Approximately 50-75 of those infants are transferred in from regional hospitals.
We hope you can support this very worthy cause by donating today through the Make a Contribution link above the thermometer to the right. Babies are a blessing and sick infants need the best care.
Your donations are 100% tax deductible. The Foundation for Morristown Medical Center will provide a receipt for your records.
We extend our deepest gratitude both to those who give online through this page (if these donors so choose, their names will appear here on a scrolling honor roll) and to those who have contributed through another channel to the Foundation. Already, we have received generous gifts from the following:
Members Handicapped Childrens Fund Inc.
Mark and Lisa Wegleitner
Thanks so much for your support!
Steve & Doris Salzberg
Pictured are Dr. Gaines Mimms with one of Sam's tiny patients and Drs. Larry Skolnick and Andrew Schenkman during the dedication of the unit.
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