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Inside Our Centers: St. Joseph's Children's Hospital

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For the first time in seventeen years, a new Valerie Fund Children's Center has opened at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital in Paterson, NJ. The Passaic County-based outpatient facility neighbors the northern New Jersey counties of Morris and Essex where several other Valerie Fund Centers are located. 

The Pediatric Hematology/Oncology division at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital was established in 1996, and treats a diverse population of patients. Much like the population treated at The Valerie Fund's Newark Beth Israel Center, English is not the primary language of patients and their families. At St. Joseph's Center, 60% are Spanish speaking and 10% speak Arabic. 

The Valerie Fund immediately enhanced the existing core services at St. Joseph's, their social work and child life programs and hired a psychologist, educational liaison and financial specialist. This team is led by Dr. Jill Menell, Chief of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, and Bill Copeck, Nurse Manager.  

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Topics: child life, social worker, educational liaison, Pediatric Cancer, Blood Disorders, pediatric, cancer, sickle cell, caregivers, awareness, oncology, centers, new jersey, nonprofit

The Benefits of An Educational Liaison

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Children diagnosed with a long-term or chronic illness, such as cancer or a blood disorder, may have difficulty managing a typical school schedule for weeks or even months. Navigating the school system adds yet another burden to parents already juggling the emotional impact of their child’s illness and the impact it has on their ability to maintain a work schedule while also tending to the needs of their healthy children. Children are removed from the basic framework of their childhood: the world of school, which structures each day and is the main source of their social environment. Virtually every child will require some type of special arrangements with the school and sometimes the school system.

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Topics: educational liaison, education, Pediatric Cancer

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