July 23, 2004 Itocord Prwss A-7"
Westfield woman Class gets students
marks three decades prepared forschool
of service tohospital
When Evelyn Christie was a became ill and could not continue
SCOTCH PLAINS — The Jewish Community Center of Central
NJ, located at 1391 Martine Ave., is currently planning for the 2004-
05 school year. Staff and administration use the summer months to
develop dynamic and creative lessons that will instill a love of learn-
12-year-old helping out in her to work. One of the physicians at ing and inspire confidence.
father's pharmacy in Elizabeth, the hospital knew Christie "and The JCC offers a full day 4-year-old class that begins in September.
she had no idea it would become thought she could help out for a In preparation for kindergarten, the 4-year-olds will acquire readi-
her life's work. Back then, cus- few weeks," Christie recalls. So on ness skills and enjoy activities in a warm and nurturing atmosphere.
tomers at the pharmacy that stood July 1, 1974 she started a two- The curriculum includes music, sutm. gym. ;irt, and computers, in
at the corner of Westfield and week temporary' assignment as addition to math and language.
Elmora Avenues for years might the hospital's pharmacist — and Accredited by NAEYC. the JCC Nursery School provides an envi-
have found Christie behind the the rest is history'. ronment where children can flourish as individuals. The JCC offers
soda fountain making egg creams "1 enjoyed working here and nursery school classes for 2,3 and 4-year-olds, a full-day kindergarten
or on her bicycle delivering pre- being around the patients," and an afternoon kindergarten wra]>-;iround program that begins
scriptions — images of an era with Christie said. "I enjoy helping the after public school morning kindergarten ends.
a different lifestyle that has long patients feel better. We all help For information about enrollment or to arrange a tour of the facil-
since past. each other out. ity, call Susan Bennett, Early Cliildhcxxl Services Director at (908)
"I just grew up like a family-
"Evelyn really is a role It'sChristie has WestfieM resident Evelyn Christie recently celebrated 30 years of serv- S89-8800, ext. 204.
in a pharmacy," ice to Children's Specialized Hospital in Mountainside. Christie, the The JCC of Centra] NJ is a constituent agency of the United Way
Evelyn recalls. "I model for anyone interest- seen many hospital's director of pharmacy services, is shown here at a surprise and the Jewish Federation of Central N.I.
liked being with ed in being a hospital phar- changes at the party in her honor with Sharon Burke, director of chronic Illness at
my father, and as hospital over the Children's Specialized.
I grew up I liked macist. She is truly com- years. When she
being able to help mitted to providing the very started, she was Today, Christie heads a large one constant has been Evelyn and
people and get- the only pharma- pharmacy that is supported by a the professionalism and devotion
'Bones' on club's agenda
ting to know the best patient service." cist at the hospi- state of the art security system. she brings to the children every- FANWOOD - The Teen Group chosen by the members of the Teen
people who would — Nancy Donnelly tal, working two She oversees a full intravenous day," said Helander. "Providing of the Fanwood Memorial Library- Group. Though the novel does not
come to the store will have the monthly book discus- take place in New Jersey, all wen.'
days a week to fill therapy program, 24-hour unit medications for ill children is a sion group on Tuesday from 1:30 to interi-stfd in discussing this book.
over the years." the medication needs of about 30 dose program, and daily medica- very serious job, but Evelyn's
A Westfield resident for the last patients. Today, she supervises a tion delivery. grace and professionalism make 3 p.m. The July book selection is The Teen Group has many pro-
35 years, Christie's early training staff of four pharmacists and eight Times certainly have changed, this a fun place to lie and I look "The Lovely Bones" by Alice grams at ihe library. All teens are
led to a career as a pharmacist technicians who provide prescrip- but Christie remains the same. fonvard to my volunteer work in Sebold. Lunch will be1 sensed. invited to join. For more informa-
that in turn led to 30 years of serv- tions for a hospital that has 152 "Evelyn really is a role model the pharmacy." As with all of the book discus- tion rail Annie or Nancy at (9O8>
ice to Children's Specialized licensed patient beds for both for anyone interested in being a sion books, "The Lovely Bones" was .'122-4377.
Christie has been director of
Hospital, where she presently inpatient rehabilitation and long hospital pharmacist." said Nancy pharmacy sen'ices since 1984 and
serves as director of pharmacy term care. Donnelly of Cranford, a pharma- previously held the title of Chief
sen-ices. After graduating from At a recent surprise party at cist at Children's Specialized who Pharmacist. She is a member of
the Rutgers College of Pharmacy, the hospital honoring her sen-ice, has worked with Evelyn for 18 the American Society of Health
becoming a licensed pharmacist Christie recalled how things have years. "She is truly committed to System Pharmacists, American
and getting married, Christie changed over the years. Thirty providing the very best patient Society of Consulting Pharmacists
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and had come back home, working door where patients could walk up Betts' Helander of presentations at professional con- LICENSED CANADIAN PHARMACY AND SAVE.
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In 1974, the staff pharmacist at Prescriptions were distributed on for 13 years. "Many things have her spare time, she enjoys cook-
Children's Specialized Hospital a weekly basis for each patient. changed over the years, but the ing, ballroom dancing and travel. www.redwooddrugs.ca
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