RUNNELLS Specialized Hospital of Union County
40 Watchung Way, Berkeley Heights NJ 07922

FOR RELEASE: August 18, 2011
CONTACT: Margaret “Peggy” Salisbury (908) 771-5730
Norma T. Sheld (908) 771-5815

Merck Songsters Entertain Residents of Runnells Specialized Hospital

RUNNELLS Specialized Hospital of Union County welcomed singers from Merck who entertained some of the facility’s residents. They sang classics that ran the gamut from “The Caisson Song” (or “The Army Goes Rolling Along”) to “Hey Jude”, “Amazing Grace” and “America the Beautiful”, encouraging their audience to sing along.

“I would like to join the rest of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the residents of RUNNELLS Specialized Hospital in thanking the entertainers from Merck,” said Union County Freeholder Mohamed S. Jalloh, liaison to RUNNELLS. “They performed classic tunes with talent and enthusiasm, making a bright spot in the residents’ day.”

Volunteers are always welcome. Corporations, private groups and individuals; both adults and prospective junior volunteers…teenagers 14 and over, are welcome to call the Office of Volunteer Services at 908-771-5847 for information on volunteer opportunities at RUNNELLS.

RUNNELLS is Central New Jersey’s premier provider of quality, compassionate Nursing Care for long-term residents and individuals with short term Sub-Acute Rehabilitation needs. The facility also offers care for those with Alzheimers type dementia; Palliative Care for the relief of symptoms while an illness or condition is being treated or for the best quality, end-of-life care. Respite stays are available.

RUNNELLS is located at 40 Watchung Way in Berkeley Heights.

For information about RUNNELLS call 908-771-5700 or go to

Corporate canaries – Representing Merck singing for the residents of RUNNELLS Specialized Hospital were (L-R): Mary Orloff; Diane Coffman; Phyllis Heine; Eileen Dick; Kathy Mascenik and Dawn D’Angelo. The volunteer entertainers came from Merck offices in Union; Whitehouse Station and Cokesbury.