Couple Creates Fund for RWJUH Home Care Department
New Brunswick, NJ - Touched by the loving care given to a dying family member by the Home Care Department of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, two healthcare executives created a special fund to benefit the hospital's home health care department.
"Many people don't realize that home care becomes your lifeline," said Kendall Park resident Barbara Kerwin Jones. "Not only is the patient homebound, but so is the caregiver. Home care takes care of both of them."
Together with her husband Stephen Jones, senior vice president of operations at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, the couple donated $10,000 to create the Mary Kerwin Fund for Home Care Excellence at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in honor of Mrs. Jones' mother, a Bloomfield resident, who passed away April 15, 2005.
"When our mom was moved to our home in September 2004, doctors didn't think she would live very long, given her medical problems," Mrs. Jones, who works as a public affairs liaison at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Rahway, said. "I know that it was the outstanding care and compassion that kept her strong and allowed her family and loved ones to enjoy the mom we knew up until the last days of her life. The Home Care Department became part of our family. They laughed with us and cried with us."
Created in 1969, the New Brunswick hospital's Home Care Department is Medicare-certified and accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations. It provides in-home services of nurses, therapists, social workers and home health aides to residents of Mercer, Somerset, Union and Middlesex counties. The department makes more than 18,000 visits a year.
For more information or to contribute to the Mary Kerwin Fund for Home Care Excellence, contact the RWJUH Foundation at (732) 745-7393 or visit www.rwjuhfdn.org. The Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Home Care Department can be reached by calling 732-828-8884.
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