Children’s Specialized Hospital in Mountainside takes part in ‘Take Care with Peanuts’ initiative

Residents, staff and visitors of Children’s Specialized Hospital’s Long Term Care Center in Mountainside will now be greeted by a familiar friendly (and fuzzy) face — Snoopy! — thanks to a new mural that made its debut Oct. 4.

The mural is a permanent gift to Children’s Specialized Hospital Long Term Care, thanks to a joint effort of Peanuts Worldwide, CSH and the Foundation for Hospital Art.

CSH LTC staff collaborated on painting the 74”x37” six-panel mural, which features a brightly colored image of Snoopy and his Beagle Scouts enjoying a campfire at sunset.

“We are thrilled and moved to see Charles Schulz’s iconic characters share their irrepressible joy with the patients and residents at Children’s Specialized Hospital and other hospitals around the world,” Melissa Menta, senior vice president, marketing and communications, of Peanuts Worldwide, said. “At a time when we all need hope and humor, we believe he would be thrilled to know that his work is bringing both to adults and children across the globe.”

“We at Children’s Specialized Hospital are grateful and delighted to receive the gift of Snoopy thanks to Peanuts and the Foundation for Hospital Art,” Amy Sturhann, child life specialist, Children’s Specialized Hospital Long Term Care, said. “Snoopy represents the best of all of us — imagination, confidence, resilience and, of course, enormous good humor! — and this is exactly what we’d like every person to feel as they walk through our doors. We couldn’t be more pleased.”

The Children’s Specialized Hospital mural is one of hundreds being placed in hospitals on six continents as part of the multiyear “Take Care With Peanuts” Hospital Mural Program initiative. The initiative of global caring, whose themes come directly from Schulz’s strips, encourages everyone to “Take Care of Yourself,” “Take Care of Each Other” and “Take Care of the Earth.”

In addition to hospitals in Mountainside, San Diego, San Antonio, St. Louis, Hollywood, Florida, and Dorchester, Massachusetts, murals are currently en route to hospitals in 20 international locations in Europe, Asia and Africa.