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

FOR RELEASE: September 20, 2011
CONTACT: Margaret “Peggy” Salisbury (908) 771-5730
Norma T. Sheld (908) 771-5815

The Art of Minnie Wilkins Honored


Minnie Wilkins, a resident of RUNNELLS Specialized Hospital of Union County in Berkeley Heights is an exceptional individual with artistic skills. Wilkins successfully entered a colorful geometric design done in markers entitled “Colours of Motion” in a recent art competition.

Mrs. Wilkins geometric piece became a winner in the Health Care Association of New Jersey’s (HCANJ) “Works of Heart” artwork competition. Her art will be part of the annual HCANJ 2012 calendar which will be distributed at the organization’s annual convention and exposition in October. The original artwork will also be on display there.

In her childhood, Mrs. Wilkins said that her artistic talents and interests were encouraged and influenced by her father. Minnie found time for drawing and painting when her chores were done, working in whatever medium she had supplies for be it paint, markers or pencil.

The success of Minnie Wilkins was celebrated at a party in her honor at RUNNELLS, which was attended by family, residents, staff and Union County Freeholder Mohamed S. Jalloh, RUNNELLS Freeholder liaison.

“Great accolades to Minnie for winning, especially from myself and the Union County Freeholder Board,” declared Freeholder Jalloh. “Her family said she’s always been artistic.”

The activities at RUNNELLS are designed to reach many goals creatively. These enjoyable efforts improve areas including socialization, physical activity, self-esteem, independence and intellectual functioning. Outlets for the artistically-interested like Minnie are available that range from arts and crafts to ceramics and musical entertainment, including becoming a member of the RUNNELLS Choir.

HCANJ is the professional organization of skilled nursing care providers in NJ. Their mission is to promote the highest quality of healthcare services to residents of New Jersey’s long term care facilities.

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


Minnie Wilkins (front, right) sits proudly by her winning artwork while she accepted a resolution from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders which was presented by Freeholder Mohamed S. Jalloh (front, left). Among the celebrants at the special occasion were (rear, L-R): Minnie’s son Danny Wilkins of Newark and Joan I. Wheeler, M.S.N., R.N., L.N.H.A., RUNNELLS Administrator. Also there to congratulate the winning artist were (not in photo): Minnie’s daughter Sonya Rodas and grandchildren Justin, Jason, Shianna and Selena Rodas all of South Plainfield.

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