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NICU Families Honor Dr. Manginello and his Magical Years at Valley

Ridgewood, New Jersey, June 14, 2016 – The Valley Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and the members of Valley’s NICU Patient Family Support Program hosted a fabulous evening on the runway at the 2nd Annual NICU Fashion Show and Tricky Tray Fundraiser, A Night of NICU Magic.  This event took place on Tuesday, June 7th at the Westmont Country Club in Woodland Park, where over 450 people gathered to honor Dr. Frank Manginello’s years of service to Valley, and view the show put on by the NICU parents, family members, staff, and patient graduates.  

“I personally have had the honor of working side-by-side with Frank for 25 years” states Dr. Carmela Pané, Director of Neonatology.  She continues “I have seen the magic he has performed and the amazing difference he has made in the lives of so many of our NICU families and at The Valley Hospital.  

Cocktails and a Tricky Tray were on the agenda for the first half of the evening, and then the Fashion Show commenced.  As the models strolled the runway, Mistress of Ceremonies, Fran Miller* introduced the stylish ensembles donated by generous community sponsors. 

The NICU Family Support Program brought in approximately $33,000 from this second annual event, which will be utilized to expand programs and resources in the NICU.  The whole affair was made possible by the hard work of the Event Committee Chairs, including Suzanne Bryjak, RN, Lisa Parker, Carla Marzano-Lindemulder, Lori Cavallario, Patrice Duker and Colleen Washburn*. Additionally, a dedicated and enthusiastic crew of committee members also volunteered in this endeavor, including Susan Apple, RN, Manager*, Ruta Ayers, RN, Aimee Bongiovanni, RN, Sandy Carapezza*, Erica Lui, RN*, Diana Maloney, RNC*, Diana Mikula, Fran Miller, RN*, Joanna O’Toole, Jaclyn Passanante, Kay Ruvolvo, Molly Senese, RN*, Nicole Serhat, and Liz Twiggs.

The NICU Family Support Program was developed to build a community that brings together current and past NICU families who can assist in navigating the NICU journey for the families.  This program provides information, guidance, support and comfort during the NICU hospitalization, on the transition home, and for the years to come.   

The mission of the NICU Family Support Program is to integrate patient and family principles and practices into the care to ensure quality care that is truly responsive to patient and family needs, priorities, goals and values, and to educate health care professionals and staff on the patient and family’s care experience.

*Employee of Valley Health System

Photo: Nicole Serhat, Patrice Duker, Suzanne Bryjak, RN BSN HN-BC, Carla Marzano-Lindemulder, Carmela Pané, M.D., Frank Manginello, M.D., FAAP, Dr. Beth Benjamin, Lisa Parker, Lisa Cavallario, and Joanna O'Toole.