Junior Board Continues Legacy of Giving Back

The members of the Junior Board of ChristianaCare are well-known for the salmon-colored jackets they wear while volunteering in the hospitals and Helen F. Graham Cancer Center and Research Institute.

But that’s not all they do – last year, the group of nearly 180 members helped donate more than $600,000 to programs that support and advance the mission of ChristianaCare. Funds donated by the Junior Board have benefited nursing scholarships, HomeHealth, the forensic nurse examiners program and the Pediatric Care Center, among others.

This month, the Junior Board celebrated its most recent donation of $85,000 to the ChristianaCare Virtual Education and Simulation Training Center. Each year, the Center trains more than 8,000 caregivers in high-risk situations through simulated scenarios.

Through the generosity of the Junior Board and its annual fundraising event, JB Cause, the Virtual Education and Simulation Training Center purchased an ultrasound tool that allows caregivers to learn safe needle insertion using a non-invasive method.

The Virtual Education and Simulation Training Center is purchasing an ultrasound tool to help with IV insertion, thanks to a donation from the Junior Board of ChristianaCare.

Junior Board members presented Susan Coffey, M.D., MSMS, CHSE, director of the center, and Brian Levine, M.D., associate chief academic officer and designated institutional official for ChristianaCare, with a check during a recent Junior Board luncheon.

“This one tool is going to have a huge impact across our system,” Coffey said. “With this tool, you’re able to put an IV in by actually seeing the vessel that you’re putting the needle into instead of blindly trying to figure that out.”

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The Junior Board of ChristianaCare is a not-for-profit corporation with its own board and volunteer membership. Guided by a commitment to community service and support of the health system, its members give of their time and talents, and fundraising by reaching out into the community and by operating the gift shops in Christiana and Wilmington hospitals.

Speaking to the Junior Board, ChristianaCare President and CEO Janice Nevin, M.D., MPH, said volunteers and donors play a critical role in helping the organization create health for all those it serves.

“At its core, philanthropy is about love and upholding a commitment to strengthening the world around us. Giving to ChristianaCare means you join with us in believing in building healthier, stronger communities,” Nevin said.

“Because of you, we are able to provide our patients with access to the best care in the best place at the best time. Your generosity allows us to innovate and deliver world-class care that safe, effective, equitable and affordable.”