Addressing Unmet Medical Needs
Bristol-Myers Squibb strives to help our neighbors by working with nonprofit partners to improve access to treatment, eliminate health disparities and promote healthy lifestyles.
Our accomplishments include:
- The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
With the help of several grants from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey, established one of the state's largest and most comprehensive children’s hospitals. The hospital includes three clinical centers of excellence dedicated to the study and treatment of some of the most urgent health challenges facing today’s youth: childhood obesity, infectious disease and rheumatic disease. Bristol-Myers Squibb also supported the expansion of pediatric surgical services that allows children to receive this care in New Jersey rather than being transported to New York or Philadelphia.
- The Bristol-Myers Squibb Community Health Center at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro
A grant from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation helped create a community health center to serve uninsured and underinsured adults and children at the University Medical Center of Princeton in Plainsboro, New Jersey. In addition to meeting the primary care needs of struggling families, the center also helps those whose physical illnesses are complicated by depression, anxiety and other mental health issues through services such as individual psychotherapy, family therapy and addiction counseling.
- The Bristol-Myers Squibb Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center
As one of only 10 designated trauma centers in New Jersey, Capital Health handles some of life’s most dire emergencies, providing around-the-clock specialized care for seriously injured people in six New Jersey counties and Bucks County, Pennsylvania. A grant from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation helped Capital Health enhance and expand its comprehensive trauma care services – including emergency surgery, neurosurgery and interventional radiology – to meet growing demand at its campus in Trenton, New Jersey.
- The Bristol-Myers Squibb Pediatric Emergency Care Center at St. Mary Medical Center
A grant from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation helped St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, expand its pediatric emergency care center. St. Mary Medical Center is the only hospital in Bucks County with a dedicated pediatric emergency care center, which includes a separate venue for pediatric triage. Over 40 percent of households in St. Mary’s primary service area use the hospital’s emergency department each year. The expansion provided the hospital increased capacity to care for up to 105,000 people and added more than 20 new treatment areas. The expansion and application of the latest technology will streamline emergency care and treatment.
- Helping Cancer Patients Navigate Care in Central New Jersey
A grant from Bristol-Myers Squibb is helping the American Cancer Society Eastern Division to provide patient navigation services to newly diagnosed cancer patients receiving care at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro in Plainsboro, New Jersey. Patient navigation, particularly for cancer patients, has been linked by several studies to improvements in patient outcomes and survival and is viewed as an integral component of cancer care. A patient navigator guides patients through the complex cancer care system to help them overcome barriers such as financial and economic concerns, language and cultural issues, and transportation and psychosocial issues. The American Cancer Society uses a team-based, on-site approach to connect new and underserved cancer patients to hospital and community resources.
- Helping seniors avoid repeated hospital stays
Bristol-Myers Squibb provided a grant to help Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County, New Jersey, (JFCS) create Secure @ Home Hamilton, a program that will enable people age 60 and older to avoid repeat hospitalizations for chronic health conditions and remain in their homes by linking them with social services. A key component of the program is a nurse/social worker team that addresses both health and community issues, including barriers to wellness, for low- to moderate income patients who do not otherwise have access to social services. Secure @ Home Hamilton is a joint endeavor between JFCS and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton.
- Making nursing education ‘virtually’ better
Bristol-Myers Squibb helped Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, New Jersey, develop a Virtual Clinical Simulation program at the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing. The company’s grant supports the development of highly sophisticated and interactive digital representations of patients – avatars – that are integrated with hardware and software to help students learn and practice their assessment, diagnostic and clinical decision-making skills. The virtual simulations are similar to physical patient simulators used by nursing students in the college’s Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN program. One of those simulators was funded by a grant from Bristol-Myers Squibb. The Virtual Clinical Simulation program is the first of its kind in New Jersey’s nursing schools and will be used by more than 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students.
- A (Tree) House of their Own at Syracuse Children’s Hospital
A grant from Bristol-Myers Squibb helped construct the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital in Syracuse, New York, which provides children in the region access to a wide array of primary and specialized medical services. The 11th-floor tree house lobby, a key highlight of the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital where families can lounge, play and shop, is named for Bristol-Myers Squibb.
- A Place for Older Siblings at Ronald McDonald House in Syracuse
The Ronald McDonald House of Central New York in Syracuse has long been a home away from home for the families of children receiving care at nearby hospitals. While its playroom meets the needs of younger visitors, older siblings needed some space, too. A grant from Bristol-Myers Squibb helped to add a teen room for siblings of hospitalized children.
- Advocating for Patients with Serious Diseases
Each year, thousands of Bristol-Myers Squibb employees across the United States demonstrate their support for patients with serious diseases and help raise money to support medical research and care by participating in fundraising walks and other events that help patients with arthritis, cancer, heart disease, hepatitis B, HIV/AIDS, leukemia and stroke, among other medical conditions. Our employees also participate in numerous blood drives throughout the year.
- Helping New Brunswick Address Type 2 Diabetes
Bristol-Myers Squibb helped New Brunswick Tomorrow and its partners in New Brunswick, New Jersey, with a community-wide initiative to build health care system capacity and identify, educate and support people living with type 2 diabetes in the city, where one in four households has at least one family member with diabetes. The effort, which includes Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, St. Peter’s University Hospital and the American Diabetes Association, uses promotoras, or community health workers, to reach Spanish-speaking residents who are most at risk for type 2 diabetes or who have limited access to care. An evidence-based self-management program helps patients with type 2 diabetes better manage their own care outside the clinic.
- Helping New Jersey Children Become “Unstoppable”
Bristol-Myers Squibb helped George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, New Jersey, commission and produce "Austin the Unstoppable," a musical about childhood obesity for students ages 8-13 that has been performed for thousands of middle schools students in New Jersey since January 2012. Austin loves junk food and video games, but when his mother is diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, Austin and his family learn how to make healthier choices together.