Monday, November 14, 2011

Children's Hospital of New Jersey presents.....The WISH LIST!!!

            Children’s Hospital of New Jersey helps nearly 50,000 children – from birth through age 19 - every year. And now you can help them out too. Supplies and toys are constantly in need for the children we care for at Children’s Hospital of New Jersey. This is where you come in.
The wish list is comprised of a lot of the items our caregivers have told us are in short supply. These items include special developmental items that help premature babies feel like they are still in their mothers’ womb, sensory equipment to treat children with learning and behavioral challenges, and playthings to distract a hospitalized child from the tedium and fear that can accompany a trip to the hospital.
 Now you can help us care for kids in the hospital. Bringing some comfort and light into the lives of children who suffer from various conditions is a blessing to their families and something they certainly wish for. It’s very simple to donate a tax-deductible gift online. Visit Scroll through the list of approved products. Click the “make a gift now!” link underneath the product(s) you wish to donate. This will take you to a form where you can locate the product(s) and enter the quantity you wish to donate! This form also allows you to just make a general donation for the children’s hospital as well – we’ll be sure to put it to good use caring for the children. It’s that easy.
The simple truth is that a trip to the hospital is a stressful situation for anyone.  Imagine what it must be like for a child. You can make their time here as stress-free and enjoyable as possible. Please, take this opportunity to put a smile on a kids face.  Donate a gift today!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The Heart and Sole Walk Was a GREAT Success!!!

More than 300 people participated and 36 heart transplant recipients and their family members attended the Heart & Sole Walk on Saturday, October 15, to support heart transplant recipients and to
encourage organ donation. The walk was organized by The Heart Failure Treatment and Transplant Program at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and the Newark Beth Foundation.

This year’s event raised $55,000. Newark Beth Israel and the family of Mary Anne Ahearn, a heart transplant recipient in 1990, originally joined together to plan the walk to raise money in her memory. Mary Anne Ahearn lived almost 12 years after her transplant before succumbing to an unrelated
illness. Inspired by the spirit of giving that filled every day of Mary Anne’s life, the money raised by the Heart & SoleWalk will support patients of the Heart Failure Treatment and Transplant Program.

In addition to a walk around Verona Park’s lake, the participants were able to enjoy a Kids’Walk, entertainment for children, as well as music and refreshments. The Heart Failure Treatment and Transplant Program is New Jersey’s oldest and most experienced heart transplant center, having performed nearly 650 life-saving heart transplants. It remains among the most active in the country, ranking fifth in the nation by volume, with long-term graft survival rates that consistently exceed national benchmarks. The experienced team offers patients and families premier care and ongoing support.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Come Check Out The Farmer's Market at NBIMC!!

Contact:                                                                                              October 2011
Beth Salamon
Public Relations and Marketing


WHAT: Come and see what’s growing at Newark Beth Israel
Medical Center’s Farmers’ Market, now indoors
WHEN: Thursdays from 11 am - 4 pm
WHERE: At Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, 201 Lyons Avenue, Newark, in the ABC/discharge lobby
CONTACT: Call Tracy Munford, Director, Public Relations, for a visit or photo opportunity, (973) 926-4398.

Just because the chilly weather has arrived does not mean that the Farmers’ Market at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center disappears . . . it just moves indoors! The first hospital-based garden in Newark and Essex County, the Farmers’ Market was developed specifically to bring both nutrition and wellness education and greater access to healthy foods to Newark’s South Ward. The garden is made possible by Newark Beth Israel, Garden State Urban Farms (GSUF), and Shaping NJ, part of the Department of Health and Senior Services Office of Nutrition and Fitness.

Come and check out all the exciting things at the Farmers’ Market this Thursday:

  • The Beth is displaying pumpkins that were painted by the Pre-K children at George Washington Carver School as part of the KidsFit program.  (see photo)

  • Starting this Thursday, the market will be accepting credit/debit cards.

  • Maple Avenue School student choir will be there at noon to sing.

  • A new feature, Chef Bob will be making amazing pesto and olive tapenade.

Here is what will be served this week:

Jersey Beefsteak Tomatoes - large, juicy, sweet
Heirloom Cranberries - use for baking, very tart but great in crisps and pies
Asian Pears - large, delicious specialty items
Bartlett Pears - medium in size, light green to yellow, sweet
Jonagold Apples - large, green-yellow to crimson in color
Sicilian Eggplant - absolutely delicious, practically no seeds
Red Bell Peppers - great raw, crisp and sweet.
Arugala - peppery and delicious
Broccoli Rabe - robust, bitter, tiny florets.
Spinach - hearty, not too bitter.
Green Cabbage – in low supply, so come early
Red Onions - here by popular demand.

Specialty Pepper for hot pepper lovers:

Anaheim - mild variety of chili pepper.
Scotch Bonnets - orange to red in color
Orange Habanero - 40xs HOTTER than standard jalapeno.

Cheers to good health and great food!

Photo caption: A proud student from George Washington Carver School shows her pumpkin, which will be on display at Newark Beth Israel’s Farmers’ Market.

About NBIMC       
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, (NBIMC), a 673-bed regional care teaching hospital, provides comprehensive health care to its local communities and well beyond.  NBIMC has more than 800 physicians, 3,200 employees and 150 volunteers with over 300,000 outpatient visits and 25,000 admissions annually.  NBIMC  is fifth in the nation in the number of heart transplants with better than expected outcomes, has the only lung transplant program in New Jersey, and combined with Saint Barnabas Medical Center, both Saint Barnabas Health Care System affiliates, is third in the nation for kidney transplants, by volume.  To learn more, visit us on line at

About CHoNJ        
Children's Hospital of New Jersey, located at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and part of the Barnabas Health, is the state's premier hospital caring for children, with specialized services to treat ill and injured children from newborn to adolescent years and has the most comprehensive pediatric cardiac care program in the region as well as preventive programs that promote wellness in the community. For a referral to a pediatrician or pediatric specialist, please call 1-888-SBHS-123.
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Friday, September 30, 2011

Waiting for a Heart Transplant One Day at a Time

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                         September 26, 2011
Contact: Caren Malone
Public Relations Department
Barnabas Health

Waiting for a Heart Transplant One Day at a Time

There are 348 young adults between the ages of 18 and 34 waiting for a heart transplant, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Organ Procurement and Transplant Network. One of them, 20-year-old Robert Rosaferra Buckley of Fairfield, NJ, is waiting for his donor heart at the Barnabas Health Heart Center at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, the nation’s fifth largest heart transplant program.

“There is no crying in heart surgery,” said Robert a former St. Mary’s High School football player and volunteer linemen coach.  “Coach Rob” is also a student at Bergen Community College, where he had to suspend his academics for this new pursuit. Robert’s hospital room resembles a dorm room where friends come to hang out, play video games, watch the Sunday football game and generally help him pass the time 48 days so far.

“Everyone has been wonderful about trying to normalize his life as much as possible while he is here,” said his mother, Terri.  She and Robert’s older brother, Chris, have been by his side throughout the ordeal.

How does a young athlete end up in the hospital waiting for a heart transplant? “Teenagers can appear healthy despite the fact that their heart function may be very compromised. They are stable one day and in crisis the next,” explained Mark J. Zucker, MD, JD, Director of the Heart Failure Treatment and Transplant Program at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. “It is likely that Robert was sick for many months, if not longer, before he was aware of it.”  

Robert’s heart problems began one night last spring. When he spit up blood, his mother brought him to the Emergency Department at Clara Maass Medical Center, an affiliate of Barnabas Health. His heart stopped that night and he was transferred to Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. The following weeks were a downward spiral. His heart, kidneys, lungs and liver were shutting down.

A left ventricular assist device (LVAD) was implanted to help his heart do the pumping. With the mechanical device in place, Robert’s other organs began to rebound.

Advanced VAD technology allows the devices to be used for several purposes, depending on the patient’s need.  A VAD can be a bridge to transplant or destination therapy for people who are not eligible for a transplant because of other non-cardiac health issues. VADs can also be used temporarily to let the heart heal. With the VAD performing most of the pumping action, the heart muscle is allowed to rest and, in a small fraction of cases, even heal completely.

Robert went home with the VAD. Doctors told him they would reevaluate his heart in several months; perhaps it would recover on its own. If his heart didn’t recover, then he would need a transplant.

An Inspiring Young Man
Free from the confines of the hospital, Robert made the most of his month at home. Then a warning alarm sounded on his VAD. Tests showed that a clot had developed in the pump and his heart had grown weaker  not stronger as everyone had hoped. In August, Robert joined the more than 3,200 people of all ages in the United States waiting for a heart transplant.  

“We knew this might be a possibility, it just happened sooner than expected,” said Robert matter-of-factly. “God has taken something from me, but He’s left my hands open for something else.”

Robert has been an inspiration to others with heart failure at Newark Beth Israel. He makes the rounds, talking with older patients who are contemplating a VAD implant or waiting for a transplant. “It’s about thinking positive and being mentally strong,” reflected Robert. “With the right attitude, you can make yourself better.” He spends part of each day in cardiac rehabilitation to stay as fit and strong as possible so that when he gets a donor heart, his recovery will be quicker.

Heart and Sole Walk
Saturday, October 15, 2011Registration at 10 am, 4K, Walk at 11 am
Verona Park, Verona, NJ
Robert’s family will be participating in this year’s Heart & Sole Walk. Proceeds from the Heart & Sole Walk will help create a renewed healing environment for the Heart Failure Treatment and Transplant exam rooms, reception suite and offices as well as purchase post-transplant medications and equipment to evaluate and treat heart failure patients who come to Newark Beth Israel from all over New Jersey. If you would like to register for the Heart & Walk or sponsor Robert’s team, log on to

About the Barnabas Health Heart Center at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
New Jersey residents of all ages have access to one of the nation’s finest and most comprehensive cardiovascular programs that was ranked among the nation’s 50 best in Cardiology and Heart Surgery by U.S .News & World Report’s America’s Best Hospitals for three consecutive years. Highly specialized care includes minimally invasive and robotic-assisted cardiac procedures, state-of-the-art technology that provides astounding images of the heart for more precise diagnosis, and the latest generation of ventricular assist devices designed to take over the pumping action for a diseased heart. Its heart transplant program is the fifth largest in the nation with long-term graft survival rates that consistently exceed national benchmarks. ###

Want to Help Promote Your Team??? Use Our Toolkit!

Here's a new way to increase your team members and increase the number of people at the Heart and Sole walk. Our Heart and Sole walk toolkit will provide you with plenty of avenues to increase the amount of money you have fundraised and number of walkers on your team. By clicking the link below, it will redirect you to the toolkit where you can download whatever tools you choose to use. It includes a flyer, an E-mail blast, and a PicBadge for your Facebook or Twitter profile picture. You can print/download these items directly from the website and deliver them to your friends, family, or whoever! Go check it out and help increase the success of the walk. It's a great cause to be a part of!

Don't forget, the walk is coming up in just 2 short weeks! October 15th at Verona Park!

Heart and Sole Walk Toolkit

Monday, September 12, 2011

Welcome to our Blog!

Welcome to the blog of the Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Foundation! The Beth (as it is affectionately called), is a 673-bed non-profit teaching hospital in Newark, NJ. We provide comprehensive health care to our local communities and are a major referral and treatment center in northern New Jersey for complex care related to cardiac, lung, blood disorders, high risk pregnancies and many more. With more than 800 physicians, 3,200 employees and 150 volunteers, the Medical Center has over 300,000 outpatient visits and 25,000 admissions annually. We were voted the top hospital in New Jersey for heart and heart surgery by U.S. News and World Report.

The Foundation was created to garner support from individuals and corporations to help to continue to provide world-class health care to its patients. Through the generosity of our supporters, the Foundation continues to provide support for the most technologically advanced medical services, equipment, and research to help improve the health of their region. We also wish to make more people in the offline and online communities aware of their brand. Once again welcome and hope to connect soon!