HackensackUMC Mountainside Donates to Community and Takes a Sustainable Approach to Closing School of Nursing Building

October 7, 2015 03:55 PM

Throughout the year, HackensackUMC Mountainside has been decommissioning the Ella C. Mills Building, better known as the School of Nursing Building, in preparation for campus improvement projects that will transform the outdated structures into a state of the art medical office building.  Mindful of the need to be environmentally sustainable and with respect for the history of the School of Nursing, HackensackUMC Mountainside reached out to the Montclair community to donate furniture, supplies and musical equipment.  The Music Department at Montclair High School received a grand piano.  The Montclair Historical Society took temporary possession of dozens of artifacts that reflect the rich history of the School of Nursing.  The items are on view in an exhibition, “The Professional Nurse:  How Mountainside Shaped the Profession for 100+ Years” through December 20th.  These and other steps are part of an ongoing effort to thoughtfully and carefully close down the building and to contribute to the communities served by HackensackUMC Mountainside.

In June, 2015, as the Child Care Center at the School of Nursing Building was emptied of its contents, representatives from the Montclair Community Pre-K program came to collect a large donation of day care center toys, furniture and other equipment for use in their facility. Teddy bears, building blocks and colorful cranes, trains and busses were carefully packed up and sent across town to their new home. “We are so pleased to find a wonderful home for these items where they will be put to good use by the children of Montclair” said John Fromhold, Chief Executive Officer. Additionally, on June 25, 2015, a grand piano was donated to the Montclair High School music department and was transported to its new home for use by the talented teens of Montclair's award winning music program. 

“We are so grateful to Mountainside for donating this furniture to the Montclair Community Pre-K," explained Montclair Community Pre-K Executive Director, Stephanie Fitzgerald. "As our enrollment is significantly up over last year and much of our furniture is aging, we can now put budgeted dollars toward professional learning for teachers rather than capital purchases.“

The collection of School of Nursing artifacts on display at the Montclair Historical Society, include vintage uniforms, photographs and correspondence that provide a fascinating look into the rich history of the program.  Established in 1892, HackensackUMC Mountainside School of Nursing has prepared more than 3,700 graduates to become Registered Nurses and practice in a variety of health care settings. The program currently resides on the campus of Montclair State University.

Other items, including a time capsule that was buried in 1992, a commemorative tree, benches and bricks have been carefully relocated to other parts of the HackensackUMC Mountainside campus or returned to their original donors for preservation and remembrance. HackensackUMC Mountainside deeply respects the legacy and history of the hospital and the ties that link it to the communities it serves.

For more information about these community donations, contact:

Natalie Thigpen
HackensackUMC Mountainside
Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations

About HackensackUMC Mountainside
HackensackUMC Mountainside has been serving Montclair and its surrounding New Jersey communities
since 1891. The hospital, part of the Hackensack University Health Network, provides patients immediate
access to innovative and effective treatment alternatives at specialized centers within the hospital that
focus on imaging, women’s health, cancer care, surgery, obesity, stroke and chronic kidney disease.
HackensackUMC Mountainside is designated as a Primary Stroke Center by the NJ State Department of
Health and Senior Services and is one of only a few community hospitals licensed by the State to perform
emergency cardiac angioplasty. To learn more about HackensackUMC Mountainside visit



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