Message from Our Leaders
Nicholas Boccella, Amy B. Mansue, Robin Walton, and Philip Salerno, III
As we have continued our pursuit of the highest clinical quality and excellence, Children’s Specialized Hospital was proud to be awarded the 2014 Top Children’s Hospital by The Leapfrog Group. As the first and only pediatric rehabilitation hospital named to its annual list of Top Hospitals, Children’s Specialized was awarded this elite distinction for demonstrating excellence in hospital safety and quality.
As we held this honor, we were proud to care for over 26,000 children in 2014. With the help of our doctors, nurses, therapists, and staff, our patients continued to strive to reach their goals and maximizing their full potential.
Mirroring these advancements was the implementation of telepresence and telehealth solutions. We are sending the VGo robot home with our most fragile patients so they can be in the comfort of their own home while receiving a virtual visit from their doctor during their first days with their family. We purchased the Daytona Retinal Scanner to capture images of an infant’s retinas in the hospital and then send the scan to an off-site specialist for analysis, eliminating the extra steps of infants leaving the hospital for eye exams. The Redcord Neuromuscular Activation System was also introduced to efficiently provide a way for physical therapists and patients to work on rehabilitation techniques of the entire body all at once.
There were significant advancements in research this year as the Kessler Foundation and Children’s Specialized Hospital began a collaborative research program. This partnership enables our hospital to reach new horizons in discovering best practices for care of children with unique medical challenges. This year also introduced the Children’s Specialized Hospital Research Center’s Distinguished Lecture Series; a research education program free for healthcare professionals to hear and meet world-renowned doctors and research specialists.
You will see that fiscal year 2014 is just the beginning of advancements Children’s Specialized Hospital will continue to make.
As we continue to advance our efforts through existing and new endeavors, we also continue this journey together as we partner with families to provide the very best care to children living with special healthcare needs. Our deepest thanks to all of you for your continued support of us and our children.
On behalf of the hospital Board of Trustees, I would like to extend our deep appreciation to Robin Walton for her intellect, dedication and passion in her role as the Board Chair the past three years. Robin’s gracious determination and esteemed leadership has helped Children’s Specialized Hospital reach new horizons in order to best serve our thousands of patients and their families.
Amy B. Mansue, President and CEO
The term “advancement” perfectly describes the efforts of the Board of Trustees and staff of Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation. Defined as “the process of promoting a cause or a plan,” it aptly explains what we strive to do each day.
Whether supporting the expansion of outpatient sites, such as our newest one in Warren, NJ or supporting improved access for parents by funding the design of our patient and family portal, new tablet registration process, or the virtual Kohl’s Autism Awareness Community Hub, we stand tall knowing our work helps to change the lives of children.
Leadership through many of the Foundation’s volunteer service and organizational groups grew immensely helping us to highlight and advance success during annual events. We are humbled by our partners’ and donors’ efforts to reach these new heights. A new partnership with top radio stations WPLJ and NASH FM helped us broadly expand our reach to our families and donors.
Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation finished the year marking unprecedented fundraising results raising $14 million, including a substantial $6 million gift from an anonymous individual donor. These donations helped to solidify the impact of our advancements for the children and families we treat.
All of this is only possible because of the commitment our donors and staff share to create a better world for children and their families. It is with great pride we share some of the stories and unforgettable endeavors of this past year.
On behalf of our Board of Trustees, I want to thank Nick Boccella for his tenure as Board Chair over the last three years. His leadership has been a guiding light of support that has fostered the growth of our staff, increased responsibilities in community engagement and marketing, and of course in financial performance.
Philip Salerno, III, President and CDO