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Lourdes ICN Staff Support Camden’s Homeless

CAMDEN, NJ–The staff of the Intensive Care Nursery at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center recently donated two dozen packages filled with toiletries, as well as coats, hats, scarves and gloves to the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers for distribution to the city’s homeless.

“We see many patients from Camden and know the need is out there,” said Susan Daniel, BSN, RNC, nurse manager of the 25-bed unit, which cares for babies born at less than 32 weeks gestation and who weigh less than 3 pound. “The staff is very generous. They step up every time.”

Donna Searles, a unit secretary on the ICN for nearly 45 years, initiated the drive based on a “shoebox ministry” at her local church. “The staff really embraced this effort,” she said.

Kathy Jackson, a nurse practitioner with the coalition, said the care packages will be distributed to homeless living in “Transition Park,” a tent city off Federal Street in downtown Camden. The coalition and area churches provide aid to the homeless residing there. “We really appreciate Lourdes’ donation and know our clients will as well.”

Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center is a 410-bed regional referral center known for providing the most sophisticated levels of care. Specialty clinical services include: the New Jersey Heart Institute at Lourdes, the largest provider of cardiac services in southern New Jersey and Philadelphia; the Regional Perinatal Center for high-risk mothers and infants; the Lourdes Stroke Center; the Southern New Jersey Dialysis Center; the Center for Organ Transplantation; the Lourdes Regional Rehabilitation Center; the Lourdes Center for Advanced Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine; bariatric (weight-loss) surgery; and robot-assisted surgery. The hospital is part of the Lourdes Health System, and is sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, NY. Lourdes is a member of Catholic Health East, a health system with 34 hospitals on the East Coast.

The  Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers  is a six-year old initiative designed to improve the quality, capacity and accessibility of the healthcare system for vulnerable, chronically ill residents of Camden. Funded by grants and contributions from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Centene Foundation, the Merck Company Foundation and the city’s hospitals, the organization’s activities include community outreach, case management of high needs patients, health provider education, practice management capacity building, data collection and evaluation, and coalition building among key stakeholders.

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