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

FOR RELEASE: April 12, 2011
CONTACT: Margaret “Peggy” Salisbury (908) 771-5730
Norma T. Sheld (908) 771-5815

Mardi Gras Celebration at RUNNELLS Specialized Hospital


It was Mardi Gras or “Fat Tuesday” at RUNNELLS Specialized Hospital of Union County in Berkeley Heights… a traditional time to party. Steve Badalamenti of Lincoln Park, the leader and trumpet player of the “Cornucopia” trio played for RUNNELLS resident EarthaMae Jordan.

Facility residents and patients enjoyed the music of the trio, including the songs of Louis Armstrong and dancing as they celebrated the festive holiday.

“As well as being a top healthcare center, RUNNELLS is known for the variety of things for residents and patients to get involved in,” noted Union County Freeholder Mohamed S. Jalloh. “Mardi Gras is just one of many. The facility offers activities to suit all tastes, interests and needs. They include barbecues and a courtyard carnival as well as Snoezelen®. The latter program blends sights, sounds, aromas and movement in a positive, structured environment to create a pleasurable, relaxing sensory experience that those with cognitive impairments such as Alzheimers, can enjoy.”

RUNNELLS Specialized Hospital is Central New Jersey’s premier provider of quality, compassionate Nursing Care for long-term residents and people with short term Sub-Acute Rehabilitation needs. The facility is at 40 Watchung Way, Berkeley Heights.