Local Girl Scout Troop Delivers Blankets to Children's Specialized Hospital's Special Needs Primary Care

December 11, 2017

With the holidays rolling around, Girl Scout Troop 70042 couldn’t think of a better way to spread cheer in their local community than by delivering cozy, handmade blankets for new patients at Children’s Specialized Hospital’s Special Needs Primary Care Practice in Hamilton, New Jersey this week.

The 11 elementary schoolers teamed up with Project Linus, a Mercer County non-profit that collects and delivers handmade blankets and afghans to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need, to make unique blankets for the new patients. The delicately made princess and dinosaur blankets will be given to infants that have been recently discharged from a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and visiting a specialist at Children’s Specialized Hospital’s Special Needs Primary Care Practice for the first time.

“At Children’s Specialized Hospital’s Special Need Primary Care, many of the patients we treat are babies who are coming home from an extensive stay in a NICU and may be fragile, scared, and unsure what to expect,” said Matthew McDonald, Associate Vice President and Medical Director of Ambulatory Services. “These blankets will be going to these infants to help them feel safe, comfortable, and loved.”

Children’s Specialized Hospital’s Special Needs Primary Care Practice provides coordinated care to children and their siblings from birth to 21 years of age with a variety of special health needs from chronic illnesses and complex physical disabilities like brain and spinal cord injuries, to developmental and behavioral issues like autism and mental health. The specialists partner with families to provide care to children when they are both well and sick, coordinate care with other providers and plan and set goals for a child’s care.

“The girls enjoy helping others because they are grateful for what they have, and they want to share what they can with others,” said Troop 70042 leader, Lisa Pitonyak-Pietras. “The girls really connect with projects that have to do with helping children. They are all very compassionate, caring and have a big heart.”

McDonald also gave the troop a tour of the facility to help them see first-hand what their hard work was going towards. “You should all be incredibly proud of what you have done to help your local community and our kids here. We really appreciate all of your hard work and kindness.”

Children’s Specialized Hospital’s Special Needs Primary Care Practice serves as home base for a patient’s healthcare. This family-centered medical home provides comprehensive and specialized primary care by coordinating with the child’s healthcare team to provide a simpler approach to care from start to finish. The team of doctors, care coordinators, social workers, therapists, and nurses ensure every child receives the high quality care and services they need while simultaneously advocating for the child in both the health and education system. This focused, coordinated care provides the necessary resources to improve outcomes for children who are fragile or at-risk.

To schedule an appointment with one of Children’s Specialized Hospital’s experts, visit www.childrens-specilaized.org/request-an-appointment or call 609-631-2811.

Children’s Specialized Hospital is the nation’s leading provider of inpatient and outpatient care for children from birth to 21 years of age facing special health challenges — from chronic illnesses and complex physical disabilities like brain and spinal cord injuries, to developmental and behavioral issues like autism and mental health. At thirteen different New Jersey locations, our pediatric specialists partner with families to make our many innovative therapies and medical treatments more personalized and effective...so children can achieve more of their goals.  To help, or find more information: call 888-CHILDRENS; visit www.childrens-specialized.org; Facebook: www.facebook.com/childrensspecialized; Twitter: www.twitter.com/childrensspecnj; YouTube: www.youtube.com/cshnj; LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/children's-specialized-hospital