PATERSON [January 26, 2011] - Representatives from Agents for Children's Health recently visited St. Joseph's Children's Hospital at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Paterson, NJ for a special check presentation. Due to the large percentage of poor and immigrant families in the Paterson area, approximately 90% of the children in the Paterson Public Schools are uninsured.
St. Joseph's currently works with the Paterson Public Schools to provide screenings, treatment, and educational outreach to combat the rampant increase in the debilitating and chronic childhood diseases of diabetes, asthma, hypertension and obesity, which often occur in tandem and require a comprehensive treatment plan, in conjunction with the family and schools. Unfortunately, due to a lack of insurance or funding for these programs, many of these children never receive the follow up treatment that is recommended. Since 2005, Agents for Children's Health has provided funding for SJCH to provide screening supplies, medications and educational materials, as well as to help fund the services of a medical resident who visits the schools and a dietician who works with families to help fight theses diseases.
Pictured are (left to right) Timothy Barr, Vice President, Development, St. Joseph's Healthcare System, and Executive Director, St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center (SJRMC) Foundation; Agents for Children's Health representatives Norman Lewis; Martha Lewis; Daniel Burkart; and Paul Cimino; Francis Costello, Treasurer, SJRMC Foundation Board of Trustees; Michael Lamacchia, MD, Chairman, Department of Pediatrics, St. Joseph's Children's Hospital; Jai G. Parekh, MD, MBA, FAAO, Chief, Cornea & External Diseases, Director, The Research Institute, SJRMC, Member, SJRMC Foundation Board of Trustees; and Christopher Farrell, Director, Major Gifts, SJRMC Foundation.