NEW BRUNSWICK — Children recovering from brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, premature birth and life-changing illnesses celebrated in style with their families at the first ever prom held by staff at PSE&G Children’s Specialized Hospital in New Brunswick. Several teen patients missed their opportunity to attend their own proms, so hospital staff arranged for the prom to come to the patients.
“Fun is a vital part of a patients’ recovery and I’m humbled by the continuous efforts of our entire staff who ensure these special patients have a great patient experience and ultimately the best patient outcome,” said Amy B. Mansue, president and CEO, Children’s Specialized Hospital. “We need to make sure that we’re on this journey together; helping them every step of the way to reach their fullest potential, and of course to have fun along the way too.”
Patients aged nine months to 20 years old danced the night away.Corporate partners donated formal wear and Hugs for Brady Foundation donated many flowers. Community stylists volunteered their talents with hair and make up. MainStream Music’s “DJ Truth,” of Piscataway, donated his time to entertain the kids with music. Photographer Tom Schoenknecht, took prom portraits and candid pictures from the party at no charge.
A group of patients and staff at the first ever prom hosted at PSE&G Children’s Specialized Hospital in New Brunswick. Left to right: Georgia Klein, 16, Maplewood; Katie Brunner, 20, Waldwick; Amy Mansue, president and CEO, Children’s Specialized Hospital; Tara Mohamed, child life specialist, Children’s Specialized Hospital. (Photo courtesy of Children’s Specialized Hospital)
Staff from PSE&G Children’s Specialized Hospital dance with patient, Casey Bardowell, 7, Bronx, NY. (Photo courtesy of Children’s Specialized Hospital)
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