NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - The Auxiliary of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) honored Bristol-Myers Squibb as “Our Champions for Children,” at its 52nd Annual Autumn Ball held at the Heldrich Hotel in New Brunswick. Bristol-Myers Squibb was honored for its support of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital (BMSCH) at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) since the children’s hospital was established in 2001.
As it celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, BMSCH remains the focal point of New Brunswick’s growing children’s health campus, which also includes UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School’s Child Health Institute of New Jersey, PSE&G Children’s Specialized Hospital and Ronald McDonald House-New Brunswick. The hospital’s growth into one of the finest children’s hospitals on the East Coast is due in large part to the generous support of The Bristol-Myers Squibb.
“Because of Bristol-Myers Squibb’s generous commitment, our pediatric health campus has been able to establish centers of excellence for the treatment of serious pediatric health issues such as HIV/AIDS, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus; and childhood obesity. Clearly, Bristol-Myers Squibb has made an indelible impact on our children’s health campus and the lives of thousands of children over the past 10 years,” says Stephen K. Jones, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Robert Wood Johnson Health System.
Bristol-Myers Squibb demonstrated its support of the concept of building a world-class, state-of-the-art children’s hospital in New Brunswick by pledging $5 million to the project’s capital campaign. The hospital was named for the company in recognition of its generous gift.
In 2006, Bristol-Myers Squibb renewed its generous commitment to the children’s hospital by pledging an additional $5 million to develop new clinical programs to address serious children’s health conditions such as childhood obesity, HIV/AIDS and rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.
“The significance of Bristol-Myers Squibb’s contribution cannot be overstated,” says RWJUH Auxiliary President Claire Drain. “History takes time to unfold and reveal itself, and the Auxiliary is very appreciative of the opportunity to affirm that the initial shared vision of Bristol-Myers Squibb and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital has resulted in a children’s health campus that provides the most comprehensive care for women and children in the state.”
Proceeds from this year’s Ball will help refurbish an existing emergency pediatric transport ambulance and purchase a new one.
BMSCH currently offers pediatric specialty programs in pediatric surgery, urology, cardiology, oncology, hematology and pulmonology. The hospital’s specialists and intensivists provide advanced care for children of all ages – from fragile newborns to adolescents. BMSCH now has nearly 10,000 inpatient admissions and 22,000 pediatric emergency room visits annually and consistently ranks among the top-rated children’s hospitals in America for patient satisfaction.
The 52nd Annual Autumn Ball was generously supported by the following underwriters:
John & Regina Heldrich
Children’s Specialized Hospital
Foundation of UMDNJ
About Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) is a 965-bed academic medical center with campuses in New Brunswick and Somerville, NJ. Its Centers of Excellence include cardiovascular care from minimally invasive heart surgery to transplantation, cancer care, stroke care, neuroscience, joint replacement, and women’s and children’s care including The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (www.bmsch.org). As the flagship Cancer Hospital of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the principal teaching hospital of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, RWJUH is an innovative leader in advancing state-of-the-art care. A Level 1 Trauma Center and the only Pediatric Trauma Center in the state, RWJUH’s New Brunswick campus serves as a national resource in its ground-breaking approaches to emergency preparedness.
RWJUH has been ranked among the best hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report seven times and has been selected by the publication as a high performing hospital in numerous specialties. The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital has been ranked among the best hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report for three consecutive years.
Both the New Brunswick and Somerset campuses have earned significant national recognition for clinical quality and patient safety, including the prestigious Magnet® Award for Nursing Excellence, an “A” patient safety rating from the Leapfrog Group and “Most Wired” designation by Hospitals and Health Networks Magazine. The Joint Commission and the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services have designated the New Brunswick Campus as a Comprehensive Stroke Center and the Somerset Campus as a Primary Stroke Center.
The American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer has rated RWJUH New Brunswick among the nation’s best comprehensive cancer centers and designated the Steeplechase Cancer Center at RWJ Somerset as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Center. The Joint Surgery Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for total knee and total hip replacement surgery.