Congenital heart disease is the most common birth defect in the United
States. There are over 30 types of cardiac congenital abnormalities, each
with a range of severity and complexity. While some of these tiny hearts
require life-saving surgical repair shortly after birth, other defects
are so mild that they may not be diagnosed until adulthood when symptoms
One challenge that teens and adults with congenital heart disease face
is finding a cardiologist familiar with their unique heart anatomy and
the complex medical issues that can arise from it. Today, 90 percent of
children born with heart defects are surviving to adulthood. In fact,
there are more adults living with congenital heart disease than children.
This translates into a growing population of adults who need lifelong care.
The Barnabas Health Heart Centers at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey recently received a grant
from The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey to establish an
Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program. The program fully integrates the hospitals’ nationally renowned
adult and pediatric cardiac services to provide the ongoing care that
is recommended for people with congenital heart disease. The Center brings
a new level of collaboration to an existing team of adult and pediatric
cardiac specialists with extraordinary collective expertise. The multidisciplinary
team includes specialists in adult and pediatric cardiac imaging, interventional
cardiac catheterization, interventional electrophysiology, complex congenital
heart surgery, pulmonary hypertension and heart transplantation.
“The new Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program complements Barnabas Health’s exceptional and highly respected cardiac
programs,” said Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive
Officer of Barnabas Health. “We are grateful to The Healthcare Foundation
of New Jersey for its generous support.”
The program’s goal is to ease the transition from pediatric to adult
care and support patients with regular evaluations to ensure that their
heart is functioning well and determine if further treatment is necessary.
The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology
recommend that the healthcare of people with congenital heart defects
be managed in close collaboration with a physician who has expertise in
adult congenital heart disease.
The Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program is backed by the full resources of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and
Children’s Hospital of New Jersey. Multidisciplinary specialists
from congenital cardiac surgery, pulmonary hypertension, cardiac transplantation,
clinical genetics, maternal and fetal medicine, hepatology, rehabilitation,
genetic testing, and social services work alongside the adult congenital
team to achieve the best possible outcomes for patients.
Barnabas Health Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program has two locations in New Jersey:
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Newark
Heart and Lung Specialty Center at Toms River
About Barnabas Health Heart Centers
The Barnabas Health Heart Centers offer a single comprehensive adult and
pediatric cardiac program with locations throughout New Jersey. Our network
of cardiac specialists treats patients close to home with advanced technologies
and the benefits of cutting-edge cardiac research.
From heart disease prevention programs and the finest emergency heart attack
care to cardiac catheterization, minimally invasive valve implantation,
complex cardiac surgery and heart transplant, Barnabas Health Heart Centers
are nationally recognized for excellence. Families seeking the most sophisticated
care for children with congenital heart defects turn to the Children’s
Heart Center and its pediatric cardiac surgery partnership with NYU School
of Medicine. Working in concert, adult and pediatric cardiologists and
surgeons provide lifelong care for all types of congenital heart conditions
in teens, adults and seniors, including those complicated by heart rhythm
problems, heart failure, pregnancy and pacemakers. Our adult heart transplant
program is the largest on the East Coast with survival rates that consistently
exceed national benchmarks.
Children's Hospital of New Jersey, located at Newark Beth Israel Medical
Center and part of Barnabas Health, is the state's premier hospital
caring for children, with specialized services to treat ill and injured
children from newborn to adolescent years and has the most comprehensive
pediatric cardiac care program in the region as well as preventive programs
that promote wellness in the community.
Contact: Caren Malone
Marketing and Communications Department Barnabas Health