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Chilton Hospital Receives Gift of Medical Artwork from Students at Kinnelon's Pearl R. Miller Middle School
04/09/2012
Students at Pearl R. Miller (PRM) Middle School in Kinnelon created many medical-themed displays for Chilton Hospital’s main hallway.

Students at Pearl R. Miller (PRM) Middle School in Kinnelon created many medical-themed displays for Chilton Hospital’s main hallway. Pictured are students (l to r) Sean Grant, Greg Poposki, Morgan Fay, Olivia Eckstein and Ellie DiBrino showing their “Why Do Teens go to the Hospital?” artwork. It focused on broken bones that active teens experience. Also pictured are PRM Principal Jack Hynes (far left) and Chilton COO Tom Scott.

Chilton Hospital’s main corridor is adorned with many inspiring pieces of artwork on the theme of health care and the history of the hospital. They were given to Chilton to display by numerous seventh graders from the Pearl R. Miller (PRM) Middle School in Kinnelon. Dozens of posters were created by almost 175 students, which will be displayed until the end of April.

Just a few of the many artwork themes include:

  • “History of a Stethoscope”
  • “What is Depression?”
  • “Medical World of the 1800s”
  • “Germs are Gross!”
  • “Ancient Anesthesia”

It began when five PRM seventh grade English teachers – Michelle Cromwell, Michelle Ferretti, Aileen Florio, Marguerite Schlett and Faith Vanderzee – as well as Principal Jack Hynes, initiated discussions with Chilton COO Tom Scott and Marketing Director Anna Scalora. The group discussed partnering with Chilton, the school’s community hospital, in an initiative that allowed student writers to have a meaningful, real-life opportunity to conduct research, write an essay and then produce an informational poster based on the essays. It was also an exercise in interpersonal and project management skills.

“It’s truly a moving experience to witness the creativity and enthusiasm of these young people from our community,” said Scott. “We are honored by this unique gift of artwork and medical information. It’s also a pleasure to provide them with an outlet to express themselves while they receive education as well as practice in writing and collaboration.”

Students, teachers and Principal Hynes were invited to see their artwork displayed in the hallway on April 3. They received a thank you message from Chilton President and CEO Deborah K. Zastocki, DNP, RN, as well as a tour of the Pediatric Emergency Department from its Medical Director Phillip Devadan, MD. Because there were so many students involved, not all were able to attend. It was a difficult decision, but the teachers narrowed it down to 13 students for the field trip to Chilton.

“I applaud the willingness and enthusiasm of Chilton Hospital representatives, as they supported Pearl R. Miller School teachers in showcasing the work of our students,” said Principal Hynes. “As the research, writing and creative summarization process unfolded, students were able to grasp the relevance of crafting ideas and presenting products that appeal to a public audience.  Celebrating emerging talents is critical to extended growth and this project proved to heighten student passion for the writing experience.”

Chilton Hospital is a fully accredited, 260-bed, acute-care, community hospital. It is a four-time recipient of the HealthGrades Specialty Excellence Award in Stroke, and Five-Star Rated for Stroke Care, the highest possible, for six years in a row. It is also Five-Star Rated for Joint Replacement and Total Knee Replacement for 2012. Chilton’s many services include minimally invasive and robot-assisted surgery, a state-of-the-art Emergency Department, a Pain Management center, the Sleep Health Institute, the Comprehensive Wound Healing/Hyperbaric Center, the Chilton Cancer Center, the Mother/Baby Center, an American Diabetes Association-recognized diabetes education program and a weight loss surgery program. Chilton has recently embarked on a $24 million modernization project, which includes the Cardiovascular Interventional Lab, the Comprehensive Breast Center and the Total Joint Center. The hospital is located at 97 West Parkway in Pompton Plains, NJ 07444. For more information about Chilton's facilities and services, or to find a doctor by name, specialty, or location, please visit www.chiltonhealth.org or call 1-888-CHILTON.

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