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

FOR RELEASE: January 13, 2012
CONTACT: Margaret “Peggy” Salisbury (908) 771-5730
Norma T. Sheld (908) 771-5815

Spirit Of The Holidays Celebrated At Runnells Specialized Hospital


Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa were just around the corner, and to the residents and patients of RUNNELLS Specialized Hospital of Union County in Berkeley Heights, the excitement was infectious.

RUNNELLS Hospital sponsored a holiday lunch for members of the Volunteers Guild, the Berkeley Heights Lions and the Union High School Key Club. It was a way to say thanks for their money, time and effort during the year. After lunch, “Santa” handed out gifts to residents and patients, with the help of these three groups.

“The dedicated members of these organizations made the gift distribution possible again,” said Union County Freeholder Vernell Wright of the Township of Union, RUNNELLS liaison. “It’s difficult to express appreciation for such generosity of money and time. Thank you sounds like so little, but it means so much.”

The Volunteers Guild uses the profits from the coffee shop combined with the profits from the gift shop for the benefit of the hospital’s residents and patients. The Guild purchases holiday and birthday gifts, as well as DVDs, CD players and TVs; sponsors entertainment throughout the year, in addition to supports tickets to the theater and too many others to mention.

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 and the best quality, end-of-life care. Respite stays are available.

RUNNELLS is easily accessible from Routes 22, 24, and 78. Call the Admitting Office at 908-771-5901 for information about the facility.


In Photo: Members of the Berkley Heights Lions Club joined members of the RUNNELLS Volunteers Guild and some administrative staff members at the annual holiday party at RUNNELLS Hospital.


In Photo: Chris Smith of Union accepted his gift from Santa during the annual holiday Gift Giveaway at RUNNELLS Hospital during his stay for sub-acute rehabilitation.