What you need to know
Jersey Shore University Medical Center Foundation received a gift of $350,000 from the Morris and Clara Weshnak Family Foundation, administered by Barry and Carol Anne Cawley Weshnak, in support of the Pediatric Palliative Care Program at K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital (KHOV).
The program helps children living with chronic illnesses and life-threatening medical conditions by working to improve the quality of life of these children and focusing on treatment of symptoms, pain and stress management, as well as offering comprehensive patient and family support.
About Pediatric Palliative Care Program at KHOV
The Pediatric Palliative Care Program at KHOV offers specialized medical care for children and families facing chronic illnesses and life-threatening conditions such as cancer, chronic cardiac/lung disease, sickle cell disease, diabetes, crohn’s disease, cystic fibrosis, traumatic brain injury, complications from premature birth, severe trauma and complex seizure disorders.
Teams of doctors, nurses and other specialists offer added support to improve the quality of life for both the patient and their family. The gift supports pediatric palliative care inside the hospital with plans to add home-based pediatric palliative care in the future.
Giving Heals Campaign
Not only will this gift from the Morris and Clara Weshnak Family Foundation help children and families impacted by illness, it also brings the Hackensack Meridian Health Meridian Health Foundation, to which the Jersey Shore University Medical Center Foundation belongs, one step closer to reaching its fundraising goal of $150 million as part of the organization’s Giving Heals campaign.
The campaign supports four important initiatives: strengthening oncology services, improving clinical outcomes, enhancing the patient experience and broadening clinical research and academic programs. More than $95 million has been raised so far to benefit eight Hackensack Meridian Health hospitals, including Jersey Shore University Medical Center and K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital.
For more information
To learn more about the Palliative Care Program at KHOV, or the Giving Heals campaign, contact Ellen Hahn, development officer at KHOV, at 732-751-5134, firstname.lastname@example.org, or by visiting www.hackensackmeridianhealth.org/givingheals.