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Nicholas A. Boccella Named Chairman, Children's Specialized Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees
February 01, 2012 - Children's Specialized Hospital

Nicholas A. Boccella, of Chatham, has been appointed chairman of the board of trustees of Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation.  As a senior vice president and portfolio manager with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in Florham Park, Boccella brings a significant amount of experience to the position, having served as a trustee for 10 years. He has also served on several committees, including the executive, investment and compensation committees, and co-chaired the annual golf classic, which raised $1.3 million during his involvement. Mr. Boccella has been appointed to serve a three-year term as chairman of the Foundation board.
“Children’s Specialized is a cause deeply important to me and my family,” said Boccella. “The purpose of the Foundation is to ensure financial stability so the hospital can continue to treat children with special needs, for years to come. There are major changes in health care facing our country, and our state, and we are dedicated to the strength and success of Children’s Specialized Hospital and Foundation.”
During his tenure, Boccella aims to increase financial support from corporations, foundations, and community partners.
"My wife Fran and I are fortunate to have found Children's Specialized,” said Boccella. “She is an active volunteer, especially in the Pediatric Long Term Care Center, and looks forward to organizing activities for the children. Coming to Children’s Specialized ten years ago, I knew that I had found a very special charity. There are many worthy organizations, but knowing that our financial contributions and personal involvement benefits New Jersey children is very important."
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.
Mr. Boccella succeeds Alexander R. Giaquinto, Ph.D., who held the position of chairman previously. Mr. Boccella resides with his wife, Fran, and together they have two grown daughters, Elizabeth and Annie.
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