The Middlesex County Association of Chiefs of Police spread some holiday cheer recently at The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital (BMSCH) at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) when it donated $1,500 from the total proceeds it raised from the association’s annual charity golf tournament.
According to Barbara Gursky, MA, CCLS, Director of Child Life at BMSCH, the donation will help fund a wide range of programs to brighten the days of children who are patients at BMSCH.
“The Middlesex County Police Chiefs have been a tremendous source of support for our hospital over the years,” Gursky explained. “Their donation and others like them give us the extra funds we need to make the children’s stay here as comfortable and cheerful as we possibly can.”
Gursky said the money will be used to purchase toys, as well as board and video games. It will also help pay for special events such as the holiday and summer parties, which BMSCH holds annually for hospitalized children.
On hand at BMSCH to present the check to Gursky were South River Police Chief John Bouthilette, Piscataway Police Chief Rick Ivone, Metuchen Police Chief James Keane, Monroe Police Chief and Association President John Kraviec, Middlesex County College Police Chief Robert Smilek and Middlesex Borough Police Chief Scott Young.
This is the fourth consecutive year that the association has donated funds to local children’s hospitals.
“This is a great way for us to be involved in the community and support our local children’s hospitals,” Chief Kraviec explained. “It’s also extremely gratifying for us to bring some joy to children and their families during the holiday season and throughout the year.”
About the Bristol-Myers Squibb Children's Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital (BMSCH) at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) remains as the focal point of New Brunswick’s growing children’s health campus. As New Jersey’s largest free-standing, state-designated acute care children’s hospital, the state-of-the-art facility is specially designed to care for children. BMSCH has nearly 10,000 inpatient admissions and 22,000 pediatric emergency room visits annually.
From pediatric surgery, urology and cardiology to oncology, hematology and pulmonology, BMSCH’s specialists and intensivists provide advanced care for children of all ages—from fragile newborns to adolescents.
BMSCH consistently ranks among the top-rated children’s hospitals in America for patient satisfaction. In fact, BMSCH’s patient satisfaction scores are in the top 1 percent of all children’s hospitals nationwide.
As an academic hospital, BMSCH is able to draw upon the resources of Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, one of the nation’s leading comprehensive medical schools. To learn more about BMSCH, please visit www.bmsch.org.