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Foundation Anniversary Press Release

The Foundation at Bergen Regional Medical Center Celebrates 25 Years of Service

(Paramus, NJ) The Foundation at Bergen Regional Medical Center will celebrate 25 years of service to the patients, long-term residents, and community served by Bergen Regional Medical Center on Monday, October 24, 2016 at “The Taste of Bergen” at Seasons Catering in Washington Township, NJ. For more information about The Taste of Bergen, please visit www.bergenregional.com. Proceeds from this evening will benefit the ongoing Bergen County Stigma Free Zone efforts.

The Foundation was founded in 1991 by the Director of Volunteer Services, Lois Horowitz, for the then Bergen Pines County Hospital, with a mission to enhance the quality of life for the patients and residents of the hospital and to provide education to the caregivers and the greater community. To fuel this mission, the organization has hosted numerous fundraising events such as an annual golf outing and The Taste of Bergen. The successful result of these efforts has allowed the Foundation to provide years of support to the hospital and its patients.

Noted below is a partial list of projects the Foundation has funded and, in many cases, continues to fund.

The work of the Foundation is accomplished by a volunteer board comprised of leaders from the local medical, professional and business communities, and with the generous support of hospital administrators.

List of Foundation Projects

For the Behavior Health Department

  • Provide AA & NA literature to the 72-bed detox and the Evergreen in-patient recovery program
  • Supply large screen TVs to the detox, alcohol, and drug rehab departments
  • Beautified and outfitted two courtyards with exercise equipment, seating, tables, and landscaping (2001)
  • Redeveloped and updated the recreational playground for the Adolescent Unit (2009)
  • Provide Christmas gifts for children in the Adolescent Unit (ages 6–18)
  • Supplied MP3 players for soothing music for anxiety control (1999)
  • Commissioned a wall mural in the Adolescent Unit (2011)
  • Pony Power – supplied transportation to the Mahwah stables for the special needs patients to directly interact with equine (2012)
  • Haircuts provided for in-patients
  • Provided furnishings and literature for the D-1 Forensic Unit (2007)
  • Supplied Air Hockey and game boards for juvenile and adult areas
  • Pet Therapy – Three regularly visiting dogs in Behavioral Health & Alzheimer’s/Dementia Units

For Pastoral Care

  • Funded the total renovation of the multi-faith Chapel: it is open 24/7 and includes staffing for Protestant/Roman Catholic/Muslim/Jewish faiths (2010)
  • Vestments and pulpit supplies purchased for each faith
  • Fund meals for services for faith-related holidays
  • Bibles and hymnals supplied for all faiths
  • Purchased camera and recording software materials
  • There is a separate congregation at the hospital with regular services, and the Foundation supports the broad range of events and programs

For Hospital-Wide Projects

  • Gazebo wiring and sound system upgrade for concerts
  • 911 Memorial site – Foundation funded new sidewalk paths to access the site
  • Sponsors bagpipe performers for annual 911 Memorial outdoor service
  • Sponsors annual outdoor general public and resident concert in the summer
  • Created the “Wall of Inspiration” in lobby to recognize donors
  • Funded new outdoor seating area for the 1999 renovation of main entrance
  • Funded expansion of the sensory gardens in the courtyards
  • Funded the Greenhouse for horticultural therapy (2000), providing Long Term Care residents with hands-on gardening experience
  • Window treatments and solar-guard blinds for Greenhouse (2009)
  • Offered on-site CPR training classes to the public (over 800 certified in this program) (2009)
  • Sponsors monthly educational conferences focusing on OTC/BH areas. CEU certifications provided
  • Participates in the annual Health Fair symposium and exhibits
  • Partial funding of Dr. Nevins’ book “History of Bergen Pines” (2000)
  • Rebuilt the Yamaha grand piano for the auditorium (2013)
  • Dedicated a player/manual piano in the main lobby for public and resident use
  • Supplied seating and visiting area furniture for the renovation of the main lobby (2002)
  • Provided over 150 framed photo-art wall hangings for Long Term Care hallways

For Long Term Care

  • Refurnished family visiting areas on 8-5 and 11-5
  • Funded “Snoozelen” carts for patient sensory awareness (1999)
  • Funded two “Jolly Trolley” carts to bring the gift shop to the patients and residents (1999)
  • Purchased Web TV for computer training and “outside contact” for residents (2004)
  • Added comfortable furniture to outdoor porches (2006)
  • Fund regular yoga classes
  • Supply clothing for patients for special occasions
  • Purchased holiday gifts for Alzheimer’s and Dementia units 12-A and 12-B
  • Funded “Welcome Home” retrofitting of resident rooms to look and feel more like “home” with wall art, colorful draperies, wood furniture, etc.
  • Funded the Model Train Club in cooperation with Pastoral Care (2006)
  • Fund “Overcomers Camp” for 2–4 residents each year through Pastoral Care
  • Purchased large fish tanks for sensory stimulation (2005)
  • Provide Pet Therapy – patients interact with pets on weekly basis
  • Purchased large screen TVs with remote controls for the Korean LTC Unit
  • Purchased over 100 TVs for in-patient and day room areas (2007–2009)