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Third Straight Year of Generosity from West Milford Students ‘IMPACTs’ Chilton Hospital Pediatrics

Representatives from Chilton and Windsor School join students from the IMPACT club. Standing (l to r) are: Mother Baby Center, Perinatology and Pediatrics Nurse Manager Diana Luciani, RN; Windsor School Teacher’s Assistant Jo Ann Wassmer; Windsor School Teacher Denise Cole; Matthew Guarriello; Raymond Chico; Courtney Ventura; and Pediatric Department Nurse Andrea Figueroa, RNII. Kneeling: Michael Cagno (left) and Jonathan Rumore.

For the third consecutive year, students from Windsor School in West Milford raised money to purchase toys, games, crayons, books and other items for Chilton Hospital’s Pediatrics Department.

The students – Michael Cagno, Raymond Chico, Matthew Guarriello, Jonathan Rumore and Courtney Ventura – donated $375 worth of gifts on June 12. The five students are members of Windsor School’s “IMPACT Club,” which stands for “Interested in Making Positive Achievements in the Community Together.”

The state-approved school offers alternative education for students with Attention Deficit Disorder, Specific Learning Disabilities and Asperger’s Syndrome.

“It’s truly inspiring to see students raise money to help other kids in need,” said Chilton Pediatric Department Nurse Andrea Figueroa, RNII. “It’s evident by the smiles on their faces when they dropped off the bags full of donations that the students feel rewarded for doing a great deed. I can guarantee that the gifts will be put to good use.”

IMPACT raised the money for the Pediatric Department through many campaigns that began in September. This included the second year of the successful “Pennies for Patients” initiative where various collection jars are placed around the school for students and faculty to donate spare change.

“The students offered a variety of methods to raise money for gifts, including bake sales and a dress-down day, where school staff each contributed $5 to dress casually,” said Windsor School Teacher Denise Cole. “It was a great experience for the students because they learned valuable skills while helping others.”

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 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 or call 1-888-CHILTON.

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