Press Release

For Immediate Release
Mar 17, 2016
Contact : Marisa Tranchina, Public Relations Specialist  
732-751-5106
MTranchina@meridianhealth.com

K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital Celebrates Opening of the Michael’s Feat Family Room

 

Neptune, NJ - K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital at Jersey Shore University Medical Center and The Michael Gerard Puharic Memorial Fund, Inc. recently joined together to celebrate the opening of the Michael’s Feat Family Room in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) of K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital. The new resource room for NICU families was revealed through a ceremonious ribbon cutting event.

“We are very excited to have this room at K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital,” shared Adam and Dana Puharic, co-founders of Michael’s Feat, a non-profit organization created in loving memory of their son, Michael, who passed away only 83 hours after he was born from problems related to a chromosome disorder. “It makes us proud as Michael’s parents that we can offer a respite for others who may be going through a similar experience with their newborn.”

The Michael’s Feat Family Room, described as a “living room away from home” creates a comfortable environment where parents and family members in the NICU can relax in a calm and peaceful setting. The space features soothing décor, beautiful imagery, and resources for families; such as access to a computer and television, a kitchenette, washer and dryer machines and a private restroom.

“The Michael’s Feat Family Room is a tremendous addition to our hospital, offering a comforting place for parents and families with a child receiving critical care,” explains Kenneth N. Sable, M.D., MBA, FACEP, president of Jersey Shore University Medical Center. “We are extremely grateful to have this level of support from the Michael Gerard Puharic Memorial Fund and are humbled by their commitment to help families facing a health crisis with their newborn.”

The Michael’s Feat Family Room is located adjacent to K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital’s recently expanded NICU. The NICU expansion opened in November, 2015 and features a wing dedicated to premature babies, as well as a dedicated maternity unit for high-risk pregnancies needing the highest level of prenatal and postpartum care. There are nine private rooms and two twin rooms, all equipped with state-of-the art GE Giraffe Omnibeds, enabling a total of thirteen babies to be treated at a time.

“This gift from the Michael Gerard Puharic Memorial Fund is an incredible example of how philanthropy can help enhance the care we provide for our patients at K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital,” says Joseph Stampe, president of Meridian Health Affiliated Foundations.

To make a gift to K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital, contact Jackie Lang, development officer, Jersey Shore University Medical Center Foundation at 732-751-5134 or jmlang@meridianhealth.com or visit www.MeridianHealth.com/GIVE.

About Jersey Shore University Medical Center:

Jersey Shore University Medical Center, a member of the Meridian Health family, is a not-for-profit teaching hospital and home to K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital – the first children’s hospital in Monmouth and Ocean counties. Jersey Shore is the regional provider of cardiac surgery, a program which has been ranked among the best in the Northeast, and is home to the only trauma center and stroke rescue center in the region. Through the hospital’s clinical research program, and its affiliation with Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Jersey Shore serves as an academic center dedicated to advancing medical knowledge, training future physicians and providing the community with access to promising medical breakthroughs. For more information about Jersey Shore University Medical Center call 1-800-DOCTORS, or visit www.JerseyShoreUniversityMedicalCenter.com.