Bayside, NY, June 15, 2011 – Eight years ago, Tom and Kim Jarck brought their daughter Natalie to the Cindy and Tod Johnson Center for Pediatric Feeding Disorders at St. Mary’s Hospital for Children. At that time, Natalie was tiny and fragile, unable to eat or swallow.


Natalie enjoys a slice of pizza.

Natalie was born with a rare syndrome and medical conditions that caused airway obstruction, feeding and swallowing difficulties.  This delicate little girl lacked the strength and tone to meet her milestones, and relied on a feeding tube for nutrition.  Since birth, Natalie’s parents have dedicated themselves to helping her become strong and independent.  Their determination helped them through months of intensive treatment at St. Mary’s where Natalie learned to eat by mouth and decrease her dependence on tube feeds. “The progress our daughter made in St. Mary’s program was nothing short of miraculous,” recalls Kim Jarck.

Today, 8-year old Natalie is full of her family’s trademark determination. When you see Natalie playing, or riding a horse, or devouring an ice cream cone, you would never know she was once a very sick child – you just see a child full of hopes and dreams – and a possible racing career as she loves to drive her electric jeep super fast.

“Natalie was treated like family at St. Mary’s and we can never forget the exceptional care all the nurses and therapists provided for her, helping her become stronger, said Tom. We are always grateful to St. Mary’s and will continue to help other families’ dreams come true.”

Tom and Kim realize there are so many other families who have the same dreams for their sick and disabled children - for them to get healthy and strong.


Tom Jarck advocates for St. Mary's Pediatric Post- Acute Care Facility

Today, although Tom has a demanding and successful career in finance, he still finds time to advocate for St. Mary’s. Tom sits on the Campaign Cabinet of the “Building Hope, Restoring Lives” Campaign, a campaign to build a new Patient Pavilion for St. Mary’s Kids.

Most recently, Tom also joined the Cocktails with a Cause committee, an event spearheaded by members of the financial services industry. The event will take place on Wednesday, June 22 on the rooftop of the Empire Hotel at 6:00 pm with tickets for $250. 

Natalie will always be a part of St. Mary’s legacy of excellence and St. Mary’s is fortunate to have The Jarck Family in our history.

“We are grateful for the Jarck family’s support,” said Jeffrey K. Frerichs, St. Mary’s President and CEO.  “St. Mary’s has been the region’s leading provider of pediatric post-acute care for some of New York’s most seriously ill and injured children. St. Mary’s is one of only a handful of organizations around the country that is dedicated to providing intensive rehabilitation and specialized care for children with special needs and life-limiting conditions.”

Following hospitalizations in acute care facilities for complications from premature birth, illness, and injury, or when special services are needed, children and their families come to St. Mary’s to receive care, learn to manage their illness or injury, and achieve a better quality of life.  As the largest provider of long-term home healthcare for children in New York State, St. Mary’s provides a continuum of care treating 4,000 children each day throughout the metropolitan area through a network of inpatient, home care and community programs and services, setting a standard of excellence in pediatric healthcare.

U.S. News and World Report recently named the inpatient facility, St. Mary’s Hospital for Children, one of the best long-term care facilities in the United States.  St. Mary’s was one of only six New York facilities – and the only pediatric – achieving this prestigious recognition and highest rating.

For more information about St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children and their upcoming events, call Jennifer Maharajh at 718-281-8529 or visit www.stmaryskids.org.