A very special partnership
In 1998, a small group of pediatricians and allied health care professionals, affiliated with the New Jersey Pediatric Society, met together to discuss the formation of a Children's Emergency Medical Fund. The primary reason for setting up a foundation was to fill a void in meeting the needs of chronically and critically ill children throughout the state. Realizing that thousands of sick children were either uninsured or underinsured and unable to access quality medical care, the Society decided to incorporate and request a 501c(3) not-for-profit exemption as a medical foundation. Once the Children’s Emergency Medical Fund of New Jersey (CEMFNJ) was approved as an exempt organization, the Society reached out to its membership with a huge request. They asked members to volunteer their services and see the children referred to them regardless of ability to pay. Our New Jersey pediatricians responded with a resounding “yes”, and the Children’s Emergency Medical Fund of New Jersey became a reality.
In the beginning, nobody thought that CEMFNJ would grow to be an international organization. Who could have imagined that we would be joining other organizations on overseas missions or sending thousands of pounds of medications and supplies to Louisiana when Hurricane Katrina devastated Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida?
As the Children’s Emergency Medical Fund of New Jersey grew, so did the New Jersey Pediatric Society. CEMFNJ would often send children out of state for consultation and treatment. Lines of communication strengthened between participating pediatric professionals and the Pediatric Society increased its membership and outreach services. Approximately five years ago, the Society changed its name to the Mid-Atlantic Pediatric Society, giving direct access to their academic programs to pediatric healthcare professions throughout the region and the nation. Today CEMFNJ and the Mid-Atlantic Pediatric Society have become a unique partnership that continues to grow and encourage the exchange of ideas to promote better healthcare delivery to all children.
At the Children’s Emergency Medical Fund of New Jersey, we like to say that we are in the business of going out of business because we believe that someday all children will have equal access to quality health care and fundamental social services. Until that day, our pledge is to never turn down any child.