NEWARK, New Jersey, October 26, 2017 –Halloween retailer Spirit Halloween brought the fun and excitement of this
upcoming holiday to young patients at Children’s Hospital of New
Jersey (CHoNJ) at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center on October 18, 2017.
The party was part of the retailer’s “Spirit of Children”
program to the delight of young patients. Launched in 2006, the Spirit
of Children program brings Halloween celebrations to hospitals for kids
who would otherwise not be able to experience Halloween at home.
Spirit of Children leadership pauses for a moment with the children in
the child life playroom with NBIMC and CHoNJ senior management including
Marilyn Harris, VP, Community Relations, and Nikolas Alexiades, Chief
Financial Officer (both pictured far left), and Amy Doran, Chief Nursing
Officer and VP, Patient Care Services; Teresa DiElmo, AVP, Patient Care
Services; Anne Reilly, Child Life Director; and Douglas A. Zehner, Chief
Operating Officer, (pictured 4th , 3rd, 2nd from the right and right,
Volunteer Spirit employees provided CHoNJ patients with a Halloween celebration
complete with costumes, games and crafts. “This is a wonderful opportunity
for our hospitalized patients to have a traditional Halloween celebration
with crafts and activities,” says Anne Reilly, Director of Child
Life at CHoNJ. “We are grateful to Spirit Halloween for their generous
donation of time and resources.”
Spirit of Children has raised more than $391,740.00 for CHoNJ to date.
Donations from Spirit Halloween and Spirit of Children have made a huge
difference for CHoNJ children each year, greatly enhancing the patient
experience for our young patients.
Spirit Halloween, the largest seasonal Halloween retailer in North America,
provides fun and funding to pediatric hospitals across the US and Canada.
Spirit of Children will host nearly 100 Halloween parties in partner hospitals,
to bring normalcy and optimism to patients who otherwise wouldn’t
be able to participate in Halloween festivities. This year, shoppers are
encouraged to help spread the word and raise even more money through an
interactive social media initiative #MoreCowbell, featuring the iconic
Spirit of Children cowbell.
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center is a 665-bed regional care teaching hospital that provides comprehensive
health care. Newark Beth Israel is home to one of the nation’s 10
largest heart transplant centers, RWJBarnabas Health’s Heart Failure
Treatment and Transplant Program; New Jersey’s only Advanced Lung
Disease and Transplant Program and a Valve Center that performs more cardiac
valve procedures, including minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve
replacements (TAVRs), than any other center in the state. The Newark Beth
Israel robotic surgery program is the most experienced in northern New
Jersey. The Frederick B. Cohen, MD, Cancer and Blood Disorders Center
and Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey Breast Health Center provide seamless
integration of cancer prevention, specialized care and treatment options.
Newark Beth Israel also offers many preventive health programs that promote
wellness in the community. Children's Hospital of New Jersey (CHoNJ),
located at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center cares for children from newborn
to adolescent years, with over thirty specialized pediatric services as
well as preventive programs that promote wellness in the community. The
Children’s Heart Center has a complete range of medical and surgical
treatments for the most complex cardiac abnormalities.
About Spirit of Children
At the heart of Spirit Halloween is the Spirit of Children program which
focuses on making hospitals less scary for kids and their families. Since
its inception in 2006, Spirit of Children has brought smiles, laughter
and a much needed escape to thousands of pediatric patients in 139 hospitals
across the United States and Canada. One hundred percent of the money
collected each year is given directly to the local Child Life Departments
at partner hospitals, such as Children’s Hospital of NJ at Newark
Beth Israel Medical Center. Spirit of Children’s goal is to raise
$8 million this year, bringing its total contribution total to more than
$37 million since the program’s inception. Spirit encourages customers
to head to their local Spirit Halloween store or visit online to make
a difference in a child’s life today.
Contact: Patricia Mitrano