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Valley’s Women For Health Designate Funds Towards VMG’s Childhood and Adolescent Mental Health Program

Ridgewood, New Jersey November 27, 2017 On Wednesday, November 8, 2017, more than 70 Women For Health gathered at the Ridgewood Country Club for our Annual Meeting to vote on the designation of their collective gift to Valley. Since its inception in 2011, total donations from Women for Health have amounted to more than $750,000 and have been directed towards enhancing various programs within Valley Health System, including Emergency Services, Palliative Care, the Simulation Lab, Inpatient Palliative Care, Home-based Palliative Care and Valley’s in Vitro Fertilization program, Reach for Hope. This year, the members are directing their collective gift to Valley Medical Group’s Childhood and Adolescent Mental Health Program.

Since January of 2015, Board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist Kai-ping Wang, M.D. has been treating children, teenagers, and young adults, along with his team of specialists in Psychiatry, Social Work, and Counseling. This Valley Medical Group office has treated more than 250 individual patients multiple times and the wait for getting new appointments is 30-60 days. Valley’s Childhood and Adolescent Mental Health Program is near full capacity.

“In recent years, there has been a dramatic rise in the incidence of childhood and adolescent mental health disorders, so the demand for the services we provide is also increasing,” stated Trudy Heerema, MSW, who presented that afternoon on behalf of Dr. Wang and Valley’s Childhood and Adolescent Mental Health Program, “This generous support from the Women For Health will help us enhance our program and reach more families who need this important psychiatric care.”

Dr. Wang has more than 12 years of experience in his specialty and is board-certified in both general psychiatry and child/adolescent psychiatry. He diagnoses and treats children ages 6 to young adulthood with depression and other mood disorders, anxiety, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, eating disorders, and other behavioral health issues.

The Childhood and Adolescent Mental Health Program integrates psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, and parental guidance. He emphasizes the development of emotional health and resilience. Social workers assist with therapy, and there are plans to expand the practice to include another psychiatrist, nurse practitioner, and additional therapists.

Formed in 2011, The Valley Hospital Foundation’s Women For Health has grown from 30 charter members to its current membership of more than 140 women, primarily from Bergen, Passaic and Rockland Counties. These women have pooled their social and philanthropic resources to assist Valley Health System in providing the best possible healthcare. Each year the members gather to hear presentations on three funding opportunities at Valley and then vote to determine which program will receive their collective gift.

If you are interested in becoming a member of this unique group of women philanthropists, please contact Sandy Carapezza at 201-291-6300 or acarape@valleyhospitalfoundation.org.

Julie Epstein, Co-chair of Women For Health and Trustee of The Valley Hospital Foundation; Trudy Heerema, MSW, Social Worker within Valley’s Childhood and Adolescent Mental Health Program; Danielle Gaglioti, Co-chair of Women For Health and Trustee of The Valley Hospital Foundation; David J. Bohan, Vice President and Chief Development Officer of The Valley Hospital Foundation