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HFNJ Announces $1.5 Million Grant

HFNJ Announces $1.5 Million Grant

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey, located in Millburn, has announced that its Board of Trustees has approved a grant in the amount of $1.5 million to support the creation of The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey Private Room & Isolation Suite in a greatly expanded Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Saint Barnabas Medical Center.  The expanded NICU will be located in the hospital’s new Cooperman West Wing, and is slated to open in the summer of 2017.

Since its founding in 1996, the Foundation has maintained an unwavering commitment to improving outcomes for children, spearheading special initiatives and grants that foster healthy development of the whole child.  Major funding has supported school-based health services, early childhood behavioral health, dental and vision care, and specialized services to improve outcomes for fragile babies and children with special needs.

The expanded NICU at Saint Barnabas will quintuple the size of the existing unit, and provide state-of-the art, patient-centered care to new mothers and their babies.  The HFNJ Private Room and Isolation Suite, consisting of eight private and four isolation rooms, will cater to the most fragile of the babies in the NICU:  babies with infections or at high risk of infection, and babies with very low birth weights or other issues that put them at particular risk.  About 1,200 babies are cared for annually in the NICU, many of whom are born weighing under two pounds at exceptionally low gestational ages.  In addition to accommodating the lifesaving equipment needed to care for these newborns, the Suite will give parents the privacy and comfort they need to spend time with their infants during the days, weeks, and even months that they spend at the hospital.  A transportation fund will be established so that no parent whose infant is in the HFNJ Private Room & Isolation Suite will be unable to visit or spend time with their baby because of lack of funds.