Former Foundation for Morristown Medical Center Trustee and donor Bill Conger knows what it’s like to watch a loved one struggle with a chronic disease. His mother endured the slow decline of Alzheimer’s disease for 15 years, as did his grandmother before her. Since then, two of his friends now struggle with the early stages of dementia. As a caretaker for family and friends, when he found out there was an opportunity to help fund a caregiver training series at Morristown Medical Center, he was quick to endow the course in its entirety.
Morristown, New Jersey, July 31, 2020 – To meet demand for the comprehensive medical care needed for children and adolescents with cancer and blood disorders, Atlantic Health System’s Goryeb Children’s Hospital today announced the opening of its expanded Valerie Fund Children’s Center.
Through the establishment of a Charitable Remainder Unitrust (CRUT), the estate of J. Willard Farrow recently directed $353,000 to support the expansion and renovation of the Joan and Edward Foley Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Goryeb Children’s Hospital.
While being treated at the Valerie Fund Children’s Center at Goryeb Children’s Hospital, Cristina Commerato talked about her love of race cars all the time. Next thing she knew, she was cruising in a Porsche 911 with Rick Goryeb.
When a child walks through the doors of a hospital, it can be a terrifying experience in their eyes. Having a Child Life specialist greet them, attend to their needs, use play as a distraction, explain their procedure in simple terms and intervene on their behalf provides comfort for the child, their family and the clinical team.
Through their COVID-19 Emergency Grant Initiative, the Millburn-based The Healthcare Foundation of NJ (HFNJ) gave $50,000 in grant money to Morristown Medical Center in April, in concert with the surge of COVID-19 cases in Northern New Jersey. The emergency grant money helped to purchase much-needed equipment for critical care patients.
For the second year in a row, Goryeb Children’s Hospital was a beneficiary of Subaru of America's Share the Love campaign, and $49,137 was raised. Chairman and CEO of Open Road Subaru and Foundation for Morristown Medical Center Trustee W. Rodman Ryan donated an additional $50,853.
The late Beverly McClafferty loved to paint flowers and stars as part of the Art Therapy Program at the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center. It got her out of the house and took her mind off more pressing matters. She wrote an inscription on one of her favorite pieces that read: “I was floating amongst the stars…There were many flowers supported by many stars, so I guess you could say that was hope.”
After 60 years of work in the legal system, the Honorable Alfred Wolin, Esq. could interpret evidence and hand down verdicts in his sleep. So, when the 87-year old Warren Township resident and retired senior Judge of the United States District Court for New Jersey had a routine heart procedure, under the care of Doctors Philippe Genereux and John Brown, he quickly gathered all the facts he needed.
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