May 13, 2022
Recognizing the need to combat staff fatigue, anxiety and stress after caring for hundreds of patients during four waves of the COVID-19 pandemic, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH), New Brunswick , has dedicated a special respite and rejuvenation room to support its nursing team members. The room was made possible by a generous gift from the Kaplan family, in recognition of the care received in 2020 during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The plans for the respite room result from the work of RWJUH’s Resilient Together multidisciplinary committee, which was tasked with assessing and addressing staff fatigue after the first wave of the pandemic.
“Our nursing team has shown remarkable perseverance throughout the COVID-19 pandemic,” explained Courtney Vose, DNP, MBA, RN, APRN, NEA-BC, FAAN, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. “We are grateful to provide our nursing staff with this dedicated space that allows them to decompress when they need it in order to continue to provide exceptional care to our patients.”
The Kaplan family business, Kaplan Companies, comprising family members Michael and Helen Kaplan, Jason Kaplan, Amy Kaplan-Schafer and Lisa Kaplan, is one of New Jersey’s largest regional builders. The Kaplans pledged to support RWJUH’s team of nurses after family patriarch and business owner Michael Kaplan fell ill in 2020. Michael and his family were impressed with the exceptional nursing care that he received at RWJUH. The nurses at RWJUH not only played a pivotal role in his recovery, they offered comfort and support to his wife during a difficult time.
“We are thrilled that Kaplan Companies can do our part to help these wonderful nurses who heal and care for others every day,” said Jason Kaplan, president of Kaplan Companies. “Our recognition of nurses should not end after the COVID-19 pandemic. We need to support our nurses and doctors on a daily basis.
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