Support Services

An Observant Jewish Patients Program for pediatric patients and their families offers pantries with refrigerators specifically for kosher food that is routinely stocked by the Sephardic Bikur Cholim under the supervision of Rabbi Yechiel Jacobowitz. Prayer books are also available.

Observant Jewish Families Program - Dr. Margaret Fisher
Dr. Fisher talks about the special program that accommodates Observant Jewish Families.

A Pet Therapy Program was designed to enhance the healing process for pediatric patients. The use of therapy dogs has been shown to help reduce stress for pediatric patients and their families. The Children’s Hospital’s team of volunteer handlers and therapy animals provide positive interactions that bring unconditional love from an animal to the bedside, which contributes to the emotional and physical healing process.

Pet Therapy at The Unterberg Children's Hospital - Dr. Margaret Fisher
Dr. Fisher talks about pet therapy as it was started at The Unterberg Children's Hospital. They have four dogs that visit the pediatric center and one in radiology. Tilly, a bulldog; Abby Rose, a schnauzer; Buddy, a yellow Lab; and Wally, a beagle. Norman is a Mastiff, has moved to Florida, but his owner has written many books about him, and they have the Norman books for the children.

Meet Tilly - Pet Therapy - Valerie Center
Tilly, the Pet Therapy dog takes the doctor/office feeling away for kids. Tilly helps the kids feel less anxious about procedures.

The Ronald McDonald Family Room is available close to the pediatric and neonatal care areas to provide a respite for family members. Within the family room, there are sitting areas, a television, computers, puzzles, as well as a kitchen, shower room and laundry area.

Ronald McDonald House provides accommodations for families of seriously ill children who are being treated at The Unterberg Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center and other area hospitals. Monmouth Medical Center is one of only three hospitals in New Jersey served by a Ronald McDonald House.Smiling mother holding triplet newborn babies

The Unterberg Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center offers wide-ranging, professionally led support groups for children, adolescents and their parents including:

  • Children/Adolescents Experiencing Loss
  • Cleft Palate Support Group
  • Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Support Group
  • Kids Need Support, Too
  • Kogan Celiac Center Support Group
  • Moms of Multiples
  • Mother-to-Mother Support Group
  • New Babies, New Emotions
  • Pediatric Diabetes Support Group
  • Postpartum Depression Group

Patient Stories

  • After open heart surgery, 7-year-old Lily's biggest concern was the availability of blue ice pops and the unpleasant taste of acetaminophen. “Considering that she had open heart surgery, I'll take those complaints any day!” said her mother, Denise.

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  • When reflecting back on his time in the Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Program, Adrian said, “I had fun the entire time.”

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  • “Her health problem was very stressful for us, but that’s all gone now — because she’s OK.”

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