The Pacemaker and Defibrillator Center at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
Since opening its doors in 1967, the Pacemaker and Defibrillator Center
at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center has established a rich history of
medical firsts and has become the nationwide model for the use of pacemakers
Victor Parsonnet, M.D., Medical Director of the Pacemaker and Defibrillator
Center, performed the first pacemaker implantation in New Jersey at Newark
Beth Israel in 1961. History was made in 1972, when he and his colleagues,
Drs. George Myers, I. Richard Zucker, and Lawrence Gilbert implanted the
world’s first nuclear-powered pacemakers, and in 1988 the first
dual-chamber nuclear pacemakers.
Through a continued commitment to research and development and patient
care, the Pacemaker and Defibrillator Center has remained a leader in
the field of pacemaker and implanted defibrillator technology and its
clinical use in managing cardiac rhythm disorders.
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The Pacemaker and Defibrillator Center is a multi-faceted clinical facility.
We provide services at the time of device implantation and later during
follow-up. Follow up ensures that an implanted pacemaker or defibrillator
is programmed optimally for the needs of each patient. In considering
the clinical needs of our patients and taking their lifestyles into account,
we can ensure that their devices will provide the best possible service
for years to come.
Our services are available to patients with permanently implanted pacemakers
and implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs). These services include
remote transtelephonic monitoring as an adjunct to office visits that
permit thorough evaluation and, when necessary, reprogramming of the devices.
Our trained and experienced staff members also provide education and reassurance
to patients and their families.
ESPECIALLY FOR NURSING HOME PATIENTS
An integral part of our mission is to provide the best possible service
to nursing home patients, offering bedside pacemaker monitoring in the
privacy of the patient’s room. Throughout the years, despite multiple
changes in Medicare guidelines and federal regulations, our Center has
remained in the forefront of providing care to all patients.
Our services to nursing home patients include:
- All on-site pacemaker evaluations are done in the privacy of resident’s
room in accordance with the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability
Act of 1996 (HIPAA). This arrangement places fewer demands on both the
residents and nursing home staff.
- A resident/patient can be enrolled at any time simply by calling the Pacemaker
and Defibrillator Center at 973-926-2287 or speaking to one of our nurses
during their visit to the nursing facility.
- Testing is conducted by our registered nurses who have a strong cardiac
background with specific training in cardiac devices. Any deviations from
normal are reported immediately to the medical or nursing staff and corrective
action is initiated. Every report is reviewed by our physicians, and the
reports are faxed within 24 hours to the facility.
- Billing to Medicare/Medicaid for non-skilled nursing home patients is handled
by our administrative personnel.
COMPLETE PACEMAKER EVALUATION
Modern pacemakers employ extremely sophisticated circuitry and computer
processing in order to sense and control the electrical activity of the
heart. Our staff routinely evaluates every aspect of the pacemaker system,
including the pulse generator, the battery it contains and the pacing
wires by which it is connected to the heart. We also monitor patients
carefully for any changes in clinical status that may necessitate pulse-generator
reprogramming or attention from another physician or service.
PACEMAKER & DEFIBRILLATOR PROGRAMMING
The goal of programming is to adjust the response of the implanted pacemaker
or defibrillator to the changing needs of the patient. Only a properly
programmed device can interact with the heart’s spontaneous activity
to provide optimum clinical benefit. A programmer is a computerized instrument
which, when placed over the pulse generator, can “read” telemetry
data from the implanted device and, if need be, transmit new instructions
to change a host of aspects of the pulse generator’s operation.
This achieves two basic goals: it “fine tunes” the operation
of the device for optimal clinical benefit, and maximizes the life of
the pulse generator. Reprogramming is only done in a face-to-face session,
never during transtelephonic tests (see below).
All pacemaker patients receive a telephone monitor to take home. The transtelephonic
monitor transmits basic pacemaker data for interpretation by the clinical
staff at the Pacemaker Center. This permits more frequent monitoring without
the inconvenience of additional office visits. If a problem is detected
over the phone, we ask the patient to visit us for a complete evaluation
or to see their physician.
RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
We are committed to providing the finest care possible. This commitment
is realized through a strong emphasis on research. The use of a computerized
patient-testing system (developed here at Newark Beth Israel and now used
internationally) has made today’s technically sophisticated pacemakers
and defibrillators more manageable. The Pacemaker and Defibrillator Center
also maintains a comprehensive pacemaker database, with extensive data
on all of our patients, allowing us to monitor, analyze and report on
our results, thus helping to maintain our high standards.
Your pacemaker or defibrillator follow up complements your regular medical
care. Our services do not replace the medical care you receive from your
private physician. Rather, we work together with your physician with whom
we maintain systematic contact. Upon your physician’s request, we
will promptly forward a report with the results of your routine evaluations
and any programming changes that were made.
The Pacemaker and Defibrillator Center also performs 30 day cardiac event
monitoring 24 hours/7 days a week. Cardiac Event Detection (CED) involves
the use of a long-term monitor by patients to document suspected or symptomatic
It is our mission to provide high quality, comprehensive, cost-effective
care to any patient with an implanted cardiac pacemaker or defibrillator
(including patients affiliated with RWJBarnabas Health and our own Outreach
Programs), and in consultation with their private physicians to offer
personal and friendly preoperative, postoperative and long-term counseling
to patients and their families.
The Pacemaker and Defibrillator Center is conveniently located at Newark
Beth Israel Medical Center with easy access to our comprehensive hospital
services. Suburban satellite facilities also are located in West Orange
and Belleville with appointments available upon request.
201 Lyons Avenue, Newark, New Jersey 07112
To reach our departments by phone:
Appointment Scheduling: 973-926-6747
Phone Monitoring Technicians: 973-926-7500 or 7501
30 Day Cardiac Event Monitoring: 973-926-7418
24-Hour Answering Service: 973-926-7500
Nursing Home Services: 973-926-2287
Office Hours and Directions:
Monday through Friday, 7:30 am – 4:00 pm
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