When Ariana was a newborn, her mom, Nancy, noticed that her head looked long and narrow. The Union County mom shared her concerns with Ariana’s pediatrician, who referred her to a pediatric neurologist. However, Nancy was unable to get an appointment as soon as she had hoped. “I was desperate,” she says. “I needed answers.”

Message from the President

As the region’s first and most comprehensive provider of pediatric care, the team at K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital is continuously looking at ways to better serve the youngest members of our community. The addition of talented physicians has expanded the expertise at the medical center, such as pediatric palliative care expert Heather Grossmann, M.D., who is dedicated to caring for children with life-limiting medical conditions and strives to provide pain management and improve quality of life.

Expanded Pediatric Emergency Care

Committed to providing access to care when and where families need it the most, we expanded our hours for the Pediatric Emergency Department to provide specialized children’s services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Integration Fuels Expansion for Sub-Specialties

One of the exciting benefits of our expanded health network is the development of clinically integrated programs, where expertise from one medical center can expand to sister hospitals and enhance the resources available within various communities.

Advanced Surgical Procedures Continue to Grow

The exceptional surgeons at K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital continue to bring innovative care to our local community. Pediatric surgeon Victoria Staab, M.D., performed the medical center’s first newborn minimally invasive lung resection.

Breathing Easier through Pediatric Asthma Program

In 2017, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital received funds from the Nicholson Foundation to support and expand the pediatric asthma program. The Community Outreach for Asthma Care and Health (COACH) Program aims to reach the poorest of New Jersey’s children and their families who are dealing with asthma.

Leadership Team

Kenneth N. Sable, M.D., MBA, FACEP

Jersey Shore University Medical Center
K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital

Kim Carpenter, M.D.

Chief Medical Officer

Andrew Smithson

Vice President, Operations

David S. Kountz, M.D.

Vice President, Academic Affairs

Donna Ciufo, DNP, R.N., FNP-BC, NE-BC, CCRN

Vice President Nursing, Chief Nurse Executive

W. Timothy Foley

Vice President, Clinical Services & Business Development

Joanna Wright

Women’s and Children’s Services

Steven Kairys, M.D

Medical Co-Chair

Medical Staff Leadership

Brian S. Erler, M.D.


Glenn S Parker, M.D.

Vice President

Eric Costanzo, D.O.


Andrew Blechman, M.D.