Enhanced Care Coordination
By establishing Hackensack Meridian Health as a network in 2016, our sub-specialized pediatric services are reaching even more communities throughout the region. This year, a strategic leadership team was initiated to work collaboratively in identifying the ways which Hackensack Meridian Health can continue to improve access to quality pediatric specialty care across the state to best serve our patient population. Comprised of key leaders from Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital and K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital, the team is building the foundation for a seamless and coordinated pediatric continuum of care. This includes the expansion of pediatric nephrology, pediatric rheumatology and pediatric hematology/oncology experts from Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital, connecting them with patients across the network, and working in synch with pediatricians and subspecialists at K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital to make these services accessible to families of Monmouth and Ocean counties.
Advanced Care for Our Youngest Patients
In 2016, pediatric services across Hackensack Meridian Health continued to grow, with specialized programs established at our two Children’s Hospitals to address the unique needs of children. These services include Pediatric Sleep and Pediatric Palliative Care programs at K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital, plus Integrative Medicine, Adolescent Medicine, and The Joint Commission-certified Pediatric Pain and Palliative Care program at Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital.
In the realm of childhood cancer, our programs and experts provide unique and distinct offerings to our patients. Pediatric neuro-oncology at Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital established a statewide tumor board to foster collaboration and knowledge-sharing among oncology experts across the state. The division also initiated Phase 1 clinical trials for children with high grade gliomas.
Broadening the scope of pediatric surgery specialties, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital added pediatric urologists and pediatric plastic surgeons to their team of experts, and recruited additional physicians in pediatric surgery, pediatric neurosurgery, and pediatric orthopedics. These specialists are now offering 24/7 on-call coverage at K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital, where a Surgical Physician Assistant Program provides enhanced care to patients undergoing surgery.
These programs and physicians are enriching the expansive breadth of pediatric services provided through the network; delivering highly sought after specialty care to pediatric patients and their families.
Creating Healthy Futures
Hackensack Meridian Health is deeply committed to supporting health and wellness initiatives for the communities we serve, and children continue to be a key focus. Through education programs, community outreach events, and nutrition and fitness services, Hackensack Meridian Health collaborates with local organizations, schools, and community partners to combat childhood obesity, and inspire our youth to lead vibrant, healthy lives.