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.
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