[Maplewood, NJ, June 7, 2016) The Valerie Fund is proud to announce that a new Valerie Fund Children's Center will open at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital Paterson and will join our healthcare network of pediatric centers supporting children with cancer and blood disorders. This new Valerie Fund Center enhances our support of pediatric programs that provide the highest quality of care, close to home, for children fighting cancer and blood disorders in New Jersey, New York City and the Philadelphia metro area. This new center at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital Paterson will expand The Valerie Fund's impact into Bergen and Passaic counties and will officially become part of our network on July 1, 2016. "This new center will now have many of the same programs that The Valerie Fund stands for and makes possible at our other 6 centers", said Barry Kirschner, Executive Director. "The Valerie Fund believes that psychosocial care is as important as medical care when treating a child with cancer or a blood disorder. With our financial support, St. Joseph's will now have a full time social work and child-life program in their pediatric hematology/oncology outpatient center as well as a new Educational Liaison, Psychologist and Financial Counselor for these same children and their families."
Valerie Fund Board member Abby Goldberg felt St. Joseph's Children's Hospital was an excellent candidate to support the integrity of The Valerie Fund mission. She easily envisioned bringing 500 -1,000 new patients into The Valerie Fund family. She is excited about the new psychosocial positions along with a newly renovated playroom and the purchase of iPads and computers that The Valerie Fund's financial support is making possible. "I am thrilled and honored that St. Joseph's Children's Hospital will be part of The Valerie Fund Family." The Valerie Fund's expansion into Passaic County will benefit hundreds of families with children being treated for oncologic and hematologic diseases. The similarity of philosophies and operations at the St. Joseph's Children's Hospital and at The Valerie Fund Centers means this partnership will organically benefit everyone.
Jill Menell, MD, Chief of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital is looking forward to the collaboration. "We are so excited that our patients will have the benefit of being a part of The Valerie Fund family. We provide excellent medical care for our patients, but the psychosocial piece is equally as important to the well-being of the child and the entire family unit. Many of these services, such as social work and child life, are not reimbursed by insurance. With The Valerie Fund's generosity, we can support our current social work and child life positions and we will add several new staff positions to ensure that the diseases they have and treatments they receive will not limit their success in school and in life."
Bill Copeck, RN, Nurse Manager in the Center for Pediatric Cancers and Blood Disorders is anticipating the power in the partnership that will benefit so many. "It is such a great opportunity for St. Joseph's Children's Hospital to become a part of The Valerie Fund family. Expanding our current psychosocial services to provide more educational assistance, financial guidance and counseling services will be a benefit to our patients and their families. There is so much more to treatment of disease than medicine and nursing; child life and social work also play a very important role in successfully caring for patients. The Valerie Fund's generosity will go a long way towards expanding these services."