Goryeb Children’s Hospital Center of Excellence Fund
Children are not just small adults – they are young people with a unique set of needs. The Center of Excellence Fund for Goryeb Children’s Hospital allows this specialized pediatric center – a leader in Northern New Jersey and number one in the state for the treatment of pediatric cancer – to continue supporting education and enhancing programs with the backdrop of child-friendly facilities, specialized staff and the latest medical equipment.
The Need: $100,000
Atlantic Fetal Diagnostic Treatment Center
The plan is to construct a space that will centralize services, specialists and diagnostic testing in one location at 55 Madison, which houses Goryeb’s outpatient pediatric services. The AFDTC’s new space will be warm and welcoming and feature a spacious waiting room, comfortable exam rooms, consult rooms and state-of-the-art diagnostic procedure rooms. The environment will feel more adult spa-like and not child-centric, as women with high-risk pregnancies often experience tremendous worry about their babies’ outcome. The new space will be sensitive to this and provide a sense of calm and compassion.
The Need: $2,464,000
Adolescent Family Training Model
The Assessment of Functional Living Skills (AFLS) is a skills assessment tool, tracking system, and curriculum guide that the Child Development and Autism center uses with their adolescent and teen patients with autism and related developmental disabilities. There are several AFLS modules for families to choose from depending on the area of concern for their child (e.g., community, independent living, home). Following, the completion of the assessment by one of our Behavior Analysts, two to three identified goals, selected in conjunction with the family, will be targeted for intervention and parent training during 4 hour-long therapy sessions.
The Need: $10,000
Child Family Training Model
The Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP) is an assessment tool, curriculum guide, and skill tracking system that is designed for children with autism, and other individuals who demonstrate language delays. Following the completion of the assessment by one of our Behavior Analysts, goals will be selected in conjunction with the patient’s family. These skills will then be targeted during 4 hour-long therapy sessions, which incorporated parent training.
The Need: $10,000
ABA Therapy Sessions for Targeted Skills
For patients who have ongoing therapy needs, our behavior analysts provide weekly 45-min long therapy sessions, which incorporate parent training. Our behavior analysts are often filling an important need as ABA agencies in the community often have long wait lists (as long as six months for daytime services and on year for after school therapy). While these patients are waiting to access services, our behavior analysts can provide initial therapy, so patients are not left without any access to therapy.
The Need: $10,000
Social Skills Group
Children and teens with autism and related developmental disabilities often struggle with making friends, maintaining friendships, understanding social rules and cues, taking others’ perspective, and conversing with others. Social skills groups are designed to allow these patients to learn the rules of social situations and practice them in a supportive environment. Sponsoring this will allow four patients to attend an eight-week social skills session.
The Need: $10,000
Collaborative Care Model – Adult Behavioral Health
Atlantic Behavioral Health at Morristown Medical Center offers a cutting-edge Collaborative Care model that provides mental health evaluation and support to children and adults during their visit with a primary care physician. The goal is to ensure that both the physical and psychological needs of patients are met. Funding is needed to expand the program with two additional behavioral health clinicians and a psychiatrist.
The Need: $660,000
Good Neighbor Fund
Many parents and caregivers of pediatric patients with cancer or blood disorders find themselves in dire financial situations. The Good Neighbor Fund offers financial assistance to offset daily living expenses, gas, electric bills, childcare costs, mortgage or rent payments and pharmaceutical purchases. A key component to our family-centered care mission at Morristown Medical Center, the Good Neighbor Fund has helped thousands of families whose children are patients at Goryeb Children’s Hospital.
The Need: $25,000
Calling All Kids
The mission of Calling All Kids Storytime Network (CAK) is to bring smiles and laughter through distraction by utilizing media arts. The underlying tenant of CAK has always been kids helping kids, whether past patients reading stories on the channel, high-school kids helping at events or interns from local colleges. Due to the incredible growth and popularity of CAK the channel needs additional support to produce new content and programs.
The Need: $15,000
Certified Child Life Specialist – Surgery
A Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS) in our surgical units will focus on preparing children and parents before a procedure. Research shows that children who were psychologically prepared for surgery experienced fewer negative symptoms than children who did not, and were found to have less post-traumatic stress, lower levels of fear and anxiety, increased cooperative behaviors and better long-term adjustment to future medical challenges. The CCLS will also be present on the day of the child’s surgery to offer support. The surgical CCLS will work primarily at Goryeb Children’s Hospital and part-time at the Hersch Children’s Center
The Need: $205,500
Certified Child Life Specialist – Radiology
A Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS) in Goryeb Children’s Hospital Pediatric Radiology Department will prepare and calm patients before an imaging procedure and thus decrease the need for sedation. The CCLS may use photos, diagrams or tours (virtual and in person) of the treatment area, plus actual or pretend medical equipment to actively engage the child. Involving parents during the education process can decrease their anxiety and enable them to better comfort and support their child.
The Need: $205,500
Child Life Assistant
The Child Life Assistant (CLA) will support the daily tasks of the Child Life Department and enable services to be provided on evenings and weekends in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and Pediatric Inpatient Unit. The CLA will help with Goryeb Children’s Hospital Calling All Kids in-house TV programing, maintain therapeutic play spaces, electronic and gaming equipment on patient floors and provide activities to support a child’s adjustment to hospitalization. By assuming these duties, the CLA will free up Goryeb Children’s Hospital Certified Child Life Specialists in order to provide more direct patient care.
The Need: $118,500
Donor support will increase our music therapist’s hours from 22.5 to 28 hours per week. The additional hours will enable our music therapist to provide more interventions in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, as well as in Sam’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and in Pediatric Behavioral Health.
The Need: $49,500
The social worker will work with the care coordinator to provide patient support. They will listen to patient concerns, provide counseling and make certain patients have all of the resources needed to ensure the best possible outcomes for mother and baby. Funding will support 3 years of salary.
The Need: $234,000
Our youngest and most vulnerable patients receive extraordinary care at Sam’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) under the supervision of 14 neonatologists. To train the next generation of experts in this field, the Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program will equip fellows in pediatric clinical care, medical education and research. Applicants who have completed three-year pediatric residencies at leading medical centers throughout the country will be considered for the program.
The Need: $178,000
If you have any questions, or if you would like to support a funding need for Pediatrics, please contact Gerri Kling, foundation officer, at 973-593-2414.