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Karen M. Symington Appointed to Children's Specialized Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees
February 01, 2012 - Children's Specialized Hospital

Karen M. Symington, owner and real estate agent at Re/MAX Real Estate LTD, with offices in Brick and Lavallette, has been appointed to serve on the Children's Specialized Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees.
“My goal for my tenure with the Foundation Board is to make our communities aware of the skilled services available for our children through Children's Specialized Hospital and educate them on the importance of their financial help through donations and fundraising events,” said Symington.
Re/MAX is a partner of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, which supports 170 children’s hospitals in North America each year. In New Jersey, Children’s Specialized Hospital is the beneficiary of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Symington’s real estate company hosts an annual golf tournament and a dinner dance as part of their efforts. In 2010 the golf outing raised $14,500 which helped support the renovations of the hospital’s new Toms River location. 
Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation raised $6.8 million in 2011, to support the pediatric rehabilitation programs and services of the hospital. The majority of gifts were designated for special projects like the opening of new outpatient centers in Toms River and Clifton expanding the hospital’s ability to improve access to care for clients across the state. Unlike acute care hospitals, Children’s Specialized does not receive government funding to care for patients who are uninsured or underinsured. Last year, over $1 million was raised by the Foundation to provide care for children whose rehabilitation was not covered by insurance. The Foundation is ranked among the top six pediatric hospital foundations in the nation.
Prior to her career in real estate, Symington was a registered nurse, coordinating homecare needs for patients upon their discharge from local hospitals. Symington has two grown daughters, two grandsons, and lives in Brick, NJ.
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