Addressing Unmet Medical Needs in Our Communities - Bristol Myers Squibb
Addressing Unmet Medical Needs
Neighbors help neighbors. Together with our nonprofit partners, Bristol Myers Squibb works to improve access to treatment and eliminate health disparities for those that live in and around the communities we also call home. Working with our nonprofit partners, we’re able to provide programs that address the health challenges of our underserved citizens.
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 facility 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. The expansion of pediatric surgical services made it possible for children to receive this care in New Jersey instead of having to be transported to New York or Philadelphia.
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 provides around-the-clock specialized care for the seriously injured in six New Jersey counties, and Bucks County, Pennsylvania. A grant from the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation helped Capital Health expand its trauma care services—including emergency surgery, neurosurgery and interventional radiology—to meet growing demand at its Trenton, New Jersey campus.
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 added more than 20 new treatment areas, making it possible for the hospital to care for up to 105,000 people.
Helping Cancer Patients Navigate Care in Central New Jersey
A grant from Bristol Myers Squibb is helping the American Cancer Society Eastern Division assist 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 helps patients 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
Through a grant from Bristol Myers Squibb, Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County, New Jersey, (JFCS) created Secure @ Home Hamilton. A program that enables people age 60 and older—suffering from chronic illnesses—to remain in their homes with the help of social services. A nurse/social worker team addresses health and community issues, including barriers to wellness, for low- to moderate-income patients. Secure @ Home Hamilton is a joint endeavor between JFCS and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton.
Making Nursing Education ‘Virtually’ Better
A grant from 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 grant supports the development of highly sophisticated and interactive digital representations of patients to help students learn and practice their assessment, diagnostic and clinical decision-making skills. The virtual simulations are similar to physical patient simulators—also funded by a grant from Bristol Myers Squibb— used by nursing students in the college’s Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN program. Thousands of students will benefit from this first of its kind program in New Jersey's nursing schools.
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. Named for Bristol Myers Squibb, the 11th-floor tree house lobby gives children and their families a unique place to lounge and play.
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 by participating in fundraising walks and other events. Their efforts have raised money to support patients with arthritis, cancer, heart disease, hepatitis B, HIV/AIDS, leukemia and stroke, and 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 with a community-wide initiative to identify, educate and support people in New Brunswick, New Jersey, living with type 2 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 the disease. An evidence-based self-management program helps patients 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 performed for middle school students 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.