BELLEVILLE, NJ – Administrators recently announced a grant for 35 hospital-grade flat-screen televisions and improved children’s programs in English and Spanish at Clara Mass Medical Center in Belleville.
According to the hospital, the Clara Mass Medical Center Foundation has received a $25,000 award from the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation, which will be used to support pediatric patients in the emergency department at Clara Mass Medical Center.
The Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood award will be used to purchase 35 hospital-grade flat-screen televisions and develop children’s programming in English and Spanish, creating a more enjoyable environment for pediatric patients and the young siblings who often accompany them. The upgrades will also help ease the burden on parents who have to distract and entertain their children while communicating with medical staff about critical treatments, administrators said.
Something as simple as a familiar TV show can help put kids at ease while they’re at Clara Mass, administrators said:
“The emergency department (ED) is the first point of entry for many patients, and their wait times can be long due to the additional hours of observation and diagnosis before they are discharged home or admitted to the hospital. This can be especially challenging for children who are often anxious and restless during their stay in the ED.
Mary Ellen Klein, President and CEO of Clara Moss Medical Center, said, “We are very appreciative of this generous Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood award.