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Generous Toy Donation Highlights Chilton Hospital’s Third Annual Special Care Nursery Reunion
11/14/2012

Clinical Coordinator of Neonatal Services Carol Boyce, RNC-LRN (left) and MotherBaby Center Nurse Manager Diana Luciani, RNC-OB, display just some of the many gifts donated to Chilton Hospital’s third annual Special Care Nursery Reunion by the Zachok family of West Milford. Some of the gifts were given to event attendees and the rest were donated to the annual Chilton Hospital Foundation Pediatric Clinic Holiday Toy Drive. For more information on contributing to this cause, call (973) 831-5165.

Chilton Hospital held its third annual Special Care Nursery Reunion on November 7 to celebrate the lives of its “graduates.” Families of recent babies cared for in the hospital’s Level II Special Care Nursery were treated to an afternoon of food and entertainment.

Prior to the event, the Zachok family of West Milford donated a large amount of toys to Chilton Hospital’s MotherBaby Center.

“We held a birthday party for all three of our girls at Bubbling Springs Lake in West Milford over the summer,” explained Karen Zachok. “Since we don't need more ‘toys,’ the girls and I thought it would be nice to give back to others in some small way.”

Karen and Greg Zachok’s youngest daughter, 5-year-old Brianna, was born at Chilton in 2007. She was treated at the hospital’s Level II Special Care Nursery. “We wanted to do something in honor of her birth and the care we received, so we decided to donate to the MotherBaby Center,” Karen said. “Brianna’s two sisters, Kathleen (17) and Jeannette (8) also participated in the donation.”

The gifts were put to great use, according to Chilton’s Clinical Coordinator of Neonatal Services Carol Boyce, RNC-LRN. “Every child that attended the reunion received a toy, and then we gave the remainder of the gifts to the Chilton Hospital Foundation’s annual Pediatric Clinic Holiday Toy Drive,” she said. “We can’t thank the Zachok family enough for their generosity. There were many bags filled with stuffed animals, games and other fun items, and it was a big hit with the children.”

The event also included amusement by Hug-A-Me the clown from the Starlight Children’s Foundation, gift bags and a full assortment of food and drinks. In addition, each graduate received a t-shirt with the announcement, “I’m a Graduate” on the front and signatures of all of Chilton’s Special Care nurses on the back.

For more information on donating to the Chilton Hospital Foundation’s Pediatric Clinic Holiday Toy Drive, call (973) 831-5165.

A photo album of the babies and children who attended the Special Care Nursery Reunion is available on Chilton Hospital’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/chiltonhealth

About the Special Care Nursery at Chilton
Chilton's Level II nursery is approved by the State of New Jersey to care for up to four infants with a gestational age of at least 32 weeks, including babies with infections, respiratory issues or other medical complications. Staffed by board certified neonatologists, in-house pediatricians, pediatric hospitalists and highly trained nurses, our nursery couples expertise and state-of-the-art technology with tender, personalized care, assuring your newborn will receive the best possible neonatal treatment. Click here for more information.

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 MotherBaby 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 www.chiltonhealth.org or call 1-888-CHILTON.

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