PHCS News

Handmade Blankets, Caps Donated to University Medical Center at Princeton

Sep 6, 2011

PRINCETON, N.J. - Bob's Blankie Brigade, a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving people who are seriously ill or in need, recently donated 108 handmade blankets and quilts, 124 knitted and crocheted preemie and pediatric caps, and 15 chemotherapy caps to University Medical Center at Princeton (UMCP).

"Ranging in all colors and sizes, these handmade blankets, quilts and hats will provide warmth and comfort to our patients," said Paula Linhares, Director of Annual Giving at Princeton HealthCare System Foundation. "We will distribute them to patients in UMCP's Oncology Unit, Breast Health Center, Special Care Nursery and Outpatient Clinic."

"It's a wonderful feeling to be able to give back while doing something you love," said Helaine Lobman, president of Bob's Blankie Brigade. "We have dedicated volunteers around the country - from the New Jersey/New York area to Florida and California - making blankies and hats. Without them, we would not be able to help in this way."

Headquartered in Princeton and Boynton Beach, Fla., Bob's Blankie Brigade was established in 2008 to provide a warm and loving touch to children and adults in need. For more information, visit www.bobsblankiebrigade.org.

To learn more about fundraising efforts for UMCP, please contact the Princeton HealthCare System (PHCS) Foundation at (609) 497-4190 or foundation@princetonhcs.org. Follow PHCS Foundation on Facebook (Princeton HealthCare System Foundation) and Twitter (@PHCSFoundation).

About University Medical Center at Princeton
A unit of Princeton HealthCare System, UMCP has earned recognition as one of the nation's Top Hospitals for patient safety and quality of care by The Leapfrog Group for three years in a row. UMCP is the only New Jersey hospital to earn that designation for three consecutive years. In 2010, The Leapfrog Group ranked UMCP #1 among New Jersey hospitals for overall safety and quality of care. Established in 1919, UMCP is a University Hospital Affiliate of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and a Clinical Research Affiliate of The Cancer Institute of New Jersey. In July 2009, UMCP entered into a partnership with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) to enhance pediatric services available at the hospital through pediatric emergency consultation, inpatient pediatric care, and neonatal care. Princeton HealthCare System is building a state-of-the-art replacement hospital - named University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro - that is scheduled to open in May 2012. For more information, visit www.newhospitalproject.org.