NEWARK –Each year the employees at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey hold a Halloween parade for pediatric patients that winds through a pre-planned parade route throughout the Medical Center. This year, in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, there was no power for many of the units that the children would normally visit, and even the patient rooms had minimal light.
Determined to maintain a sense of normalcy for young patients during this turbulent time, the Child Life staff created a reverse trick-or-treat where departments dropped off their candy and craft supplies, and good bags were made for all the patients on A5 and C5. In total, 45 goody bags were made.
“Thanks to the Child Life staff for preserving Halloween during a difficult time, and to all of the departments who delivered their goodies despite the conditions of the day,” says John A. Brennan, MD, MPH, President and Chief Executive Officer of Newark Beth Israel and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey. “The efforts of the entire staff to normalize patient visits during this time has been outstanding.”
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