New York Yankees Alum Cecil Fielder on Hand to Distribute Trucks to Young Patients
Long Branch — The Unterberg Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center on December 7. Hess visits hospitals annually along the East Coast to donate Hess Toy Trucks to young patients and brighten their holiday season, with the first stop of the 2015 holiday season slated for The Unterberg Children’s Hospital.
Former New York Yankee Cecil Fielder, who was traded to the New York Yankees on July 31, 1996, and was integral in the Yankees’ World Series championship that year, handed out toy trucks to the children, signed autographs and posed for photos with patients and staff in the Pediatric Emergency Department, Valerie Fund Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders and the inpatient unit.
This year, Hess is donating the 2015 Hess Fire Truck and Ladder Rescue, a red fire truck with oversized tires, swiveling chrome-detailed fire hose nozzles, LED lights, including a high-powered pivoting LED searchlight, a slide-out ramp and 4 realistic sound effects. The accompanying ladder rescue features a rotating extension ladder with a movable nozzle and push-activated friction motor.
At Monmouth Medical Center, there are close family ties to the Hess Family, as the hospital’s cancer center is named for Leon Hess, the late philanthropist and founder of energy giant Hess Corp, and there is special significance for his “extended” prominent New Jersey family, as well. His late wife, Norma Hess, is the sister-in-law of the late Jacqueline M. Wilentz — after whom Monmouth’s breast center is named.
About Monmouth Medical Center
Located in Long Branch, N.J., Monmouth Medical Center, a Barnabas Health facility, along with The Unterberg Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center, is one of New Jersey’s largest teaching hospitals and has been an affiliate of Philadelphia’s Drexel University College of Medicine for more than 40 years. From its earliest days, Monmouth Medical Center has been a leader in surgical advancement and has introduced many technological firsts to the region, including robotic surgery and other minimally invasive techniques. U.S. News & World Report has recognized Monmouth as a regional leader in cancer, geriatrics, gynecology, neurology and neurosurgery. For more information on Monmouth Medical Center, visit www.barnabashealth.org/monmouth.