Chilton ‘Family Day' celebration is Saturday

| 28 Sep 2011 | 02:16

    POMPTON PLAINS-Imagine carnival rides, games and prizes, a magician's show, face painting, a teddy bear clinic, and dancing that spans five decades. These are just some of the free at Chilton Memorial Hospital's Family Day celebration on Saturday, Sept. 18. Chilton Memorial Hospital's staff planned a series of special events to celebrate the hospital's 50th anniversary. Now, those activities will culminate with a family day event that is expected to attract thousands of residents from Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic, and Sussex Counties. The hospital's Family Day event will be celebrated from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 18, at Greenview Park on West Parkway in Pequannock. There are no entry fees or costs for any of the rides, games, or entertainment the hospital will provide. A teddy bear clinic will be sponsored so youngsters can bring a favorite teddy bear or other stuffed animal from home that may need to be stitched or repaired. Children will first register their teddy bear, then both the bear and its owner will be issued matching identification bracelets, just as a mother and baby would on a maternity floor of a hospital. Next, children will tote their favorite bears from a boo-boo station where their stuffed animal's ailments will be diagnosed, to an X-ray station, and then it will be on to a splinting, casting, or suturing station complete with imitation intravenous hook up. Each bear will be issued a certificate of health, complete with date, name of attending emergency nurse and treatment needed. Several professional sports teams will support the hospital's historic event. The Metrostars Soccer Team is sending its mascot, its Metrostars Mobile, an autographed soccer ball, tickets to a home game, and a chance for a youngster between the ages of 10 and 16 to win a "ball kid" position for a game. The mascot of the New Jersey Devils will make an appearance. The NY Giants have also sent autographed sports memorabilia to use as a door prize. A special entertainment program tracing Chilton Memorial's history is slated to take place from noon to 1 p.m. center stage at the Ho-Down. Entertainment will feature performances by members of the King Center for Performing Arts in Wanaque, the Performing Arts Academy in Pompton Plains, actress Joan Ludwig, and award-winning dancer and hospital employee, Leilani Viney, and her husband/dance partner, Terry. The performers will jitterbug, swing, swim, disco, line dance and salsa through five decades of music. "We've come a long way from the days when Chilton Memorial was just a 50-bed hospital, and we want to celebrate that success with the residents from the 25 communities we serve who made that transformation possible," Chilton Memorial's director of Marketing, Brian White, said. "We're combining our Family Day celebration with the Pequannock Township's Ho-Down, the fall carnival that is expected to attract thousands of area residents," White said. "This year, we're hoping the turnout will be even greater. Between the carnival-like atmosphere with games and rides, live entertainment, and educational sessions for residents, we believe residents will agree, there is something for everyone, regardless of age. Residents from all of the communities we serve are encouraged to bring their families to join our Chilton Memorial family on this very special occasion." "This should be a great way to learn a half century of history, and make for great entertainment," White said. Chilton Memorial kicked off its 50th anniversary celebrations in January, by sponsoring a Golden Jubilee dinner/dance attended by 750 employees, physicians, former patients and residents at Wayne Manor. White said many former reminisced about days when the hospital had only 12 doctors and 12 nurses on staff. Today, the hospital has 585 allied physicians, and more than 400 nurses. In addition to staging the Golden Jubilee and Family Day events, and creating a video that pays tribute to those who made the hospital's founding and operation for five decades possible, the hospital's marketing staff gathered historic photos and compiled a "walkway of history" inside the hospital. It also produced a 50th anniversary magazine that traced the hospital's growth alongside the growth of the communities it served for 50 years, and a commemorative coloring and activity book for children that highlights the hospital's history, staff, volunteers, and services. A formal gala that will take participants back five decades is slated to take place on Oct. 23 at Mayfair Farms in West Orange. "We look forward to having