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RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES RENEWS GRANT FOR TRINITAS PROGRAMS
Trinitas appreciates multi-year support for behavioral health initiatives

Children in need of intense therapy for psychiatric issues who receive treatment at Trinitas Regional Medical Center
will benefit from a $5,000 grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities, New York Tri-State Area and Ronald McDonald House Charities Global.

The Ronald McDonald House Charities grant will support Project Serenity designed to help children ages 7–17 who are unable to function within a regular classroom setting or home environment. The grant will provide these children with access to therapists and clinicians who will help them develop their social skills and communications skills. Further, due to the nature of the trauma that many of these children have experienced, Project Serenity will provide therapeutic supplies that encourage movement as an outlet for these children as valuable coping skills. In addition, the grant will fund the replacement of furniture and therapeutic items found in a Comfort Room where these children can reduce their stress levels and learn how to use and develop their own self-calming abilities. Finally, the grant will support education and training for parents to understand their children’s psychiatric illness, learning disabilities and the tools needed to communicate better and cope more constructively with their behaviors.

Previous grant funding from Ronald McDonald House Charities New York Tri-State Area and Ronald McDonald House Charities Global totaling $47,000 was given to Trinitas Health Foundation in 2009, 2010 and 2013.

"Trinitas mental health professionals and clinicians are dedicated to helping the children they serve who suffer from traumatic physical, mental, emotional and sexual abuse," explains Nadine Brechner, Vice President and Chief Development Officer. "Thanks to Ronald McDonald House Charities, we are better able to address the challenging needs of these children by equipping our professional staff and the children themselves with vital therapeutic tools."

About Ronald McDonald House Charities New York Tri-State Area
For over 20 years, Ronald McDonald House Charities New York Tri-State Area has been creating, finding and supporting programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children. Their signature programs include scholarships to help provide access to a college education for students who need and earn it, and community grants to support a variety of local children's charities in the areas of the arts, education, medicine, crisis intervention, as well as social and civic services. The organization also provides needed support to 5 Ronald McDonald Houses, which are "homes away from home" allowing families to be with their hospitalized children for extended periods of time. To learn more about the organization, please visit www.rmhcnytristate.org.


About Trinitas Regional Medical Center
Trinitas Regional Medical Center (TRMC), a major center for comprehensive health services for those who live and work in Central New Jersey, is a Catholic teaching medical center sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth in partnership with Elizabethtown Healthcare Foundation. With 10 Centers of Excellence across the continuum of care, Trinitas has distinguished itself in cardiology, cancer care, behavioral health, renal care, nursing education, diabetes management, wound healing and sleep medicine.

Posted: July 17, 2014

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