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Allstate Foundation Good Hands Fund Awards $5,000 To Children’s Specialized Hospital
Funding To Support Victims of Hurricane Sandy and Upgrade Hospital’s Generators
February 12, 2013 - Children's Specialized Hospital

Children’s SpecializedHospital recently received a grant of $5,000 from the Allstate Foundation Good Hands Fund.  The funds will be used to support nonprofit organizations that were significantly affected by Hurricane Sandy, including Children’s SpecializedHospital. The grant was received through Ron Banksy, Allstate Agent owner and active member of SafeKidsUnionCounty at Children’s SpecializedHospital.

These funds will support upgrading the generators at Children’s

SpecializedHospital’s locations in Mountainside and TomsRiver. These two locations provide pediatric long term care services to the most fragile patients who live at these pediatric nursing homes.  Several patients rely on power to support their ventilators and other medical monitoring equipment. 

“Ron Bansky has always supported the children entrusted to our care, whether it is through our safety prevention efforts or helping raise awareness of our services so other children can know about us. AllState has always been a strong community supporter so for them to continue that during the worst disaster NJ has ever faced, this shows the fact they live and work here too.” said Amy B. Mansue, president and CEO, Children’s SpecializedHospital.  “We have many patients who rely on power to support their ventilators and other medical monitoring equipment.  Having the funds to upgrade our generators at both of our Pediatric Long Term Care centers is a huge relief for our staff, patients and families knowing that regardless of power outages, we know our patients will continue to be safe in our care.”

Although all of the generators at Children’s
SpecializedHospital operated efficiently and effectively during Hurricane Sandy, the funds that are going towards upgrading the generators will help expand services to the community, and will increase functional areas of the facilities if another crisis occurs.

"Never before have we been required to maintain services under the stresses of operating several sites through prolonged generator power at three separate inpatient and outpatient locations,” said Susan Driscoll, community educator for Children’s Specialized Hospital.  “We operated on emergency generator power for an unprecedented 71 hours in our

TomsRiver facility, 36 hours in New Brunswick, and 78 hours in our Mountainside facility, indicating the strength of our former generators, and the usefulness of the updated generators.” 

The grant will also support either helping nonprofit organizations recover from implications due to Hurricane Sandy, or help these organizations provide assistance to those in need of services. A portion of the grant money will be used for supplying safety equipment, such as car seats and cribs to families that were most impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

Safe Kids New Jersey has more than 600 grassroots coalitions in all 50 states dedicated to bringing together health and safety experts, educators, corporations, foundations, governments, and volunteers to educate families about preventing accidental injuries among children.

AllState Grant


Phil Salerno, III, president and chief development officer, Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation; Susan Driscoll, community educator for Children’s Specialized Hospital; Ronald Bansky, Allstate Agent owner and active member of Safe Kids Union County at Children’s Specialized Hospital; Amy B. Mansue, president and chief executive officer, Children’s Specialized Hospital. 


Children’s Specialized Hospital is the preeminent provider of rehabilitation services for children with special needs. The hospital serves children affected by brain injury, spinal cord injury, premature birth, autism, developmental delays, and life-changing illnesses. Children’s Specialized Hospital has ten sites in New Jersey and treats 20,000 children each year, making it the largest pediatric rehabilitation system of its kind in the nation. Services include outpatient services, acute rehabilitation, and long-term care through its sites in Bayonne, Clifton, Egg Harbor Township, Mountainside, Toms River, Fanwood, Hamilton, New Brunswick and Roselle Park as well as outreach programs in many communities.  Children's Specialized Hospital Children's Specialized Hospital is an affiliate member of the Robert Wood Johnson Health System and a proud member of the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation supports the programs and services of the hospital. The Foundation is ranked among the top six pediatric hospital foundations in the country. To help, or find more information: visit www.childrens-specialized.org; find us on Facebook - www.facebook.com/childrensspecialized, or follow us on Twitter @ChildrensSpecNJ.



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