Newark Beth Israel Medical Center’s Children’s Hospital
Partners with Gift of Life
NEWARK, N.J. – June 20, 2013 - Four-year old Joerene always believed he was superman, and for the journey
he just travelled from the Philippines and back and with cardiac surgery,
the description is appropriate. He has proven to be a real hero for fighting
such an illness at an incredibly young age.
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (NBIMC) and Children’s Hospital
of New Jersey (CHoNJ) recently welcomed Joerene and his family to the
medical center. Little Joerene is suffering from Tetraology of Fallot
(defects in the heart) in which there is a large hole in the ventricular
wall causing not enough blood to flow through the heart.
Thanks to Sunil Malhotra, MD and the physicians at CHoNJ’s collaboration
with the Rotary Club “Gift of Life Foundation,” Joerene received
the needed surgery to save him from the heart defect and prevent symptoms
such as fatigue, blue skin tone and shortness of breath.
“Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital
of New Jersey is proud to collaborate with “Gift of Life Foundation”
to help save lives not only in the United States but internationally,”
said John A. Brennan, MD, MPH, President and Chief Executive Officer of
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New
Jersey and Executive Vice President of Barnabas Health.
“Gift of Life” is a program begun in 1974 by the Long Island
district of Rotary International. Since then many other Rotary Districts
have become involved and now some 10,000 children from more than 36 countries
have received cardiovascular lifesaving operations in the United States.
One month after surgery, 4-year old Joerene left New Jersey and headed
home to the Philippines in better health, following surgery performed
by Sunil Malhotra, MD, Director of Pediatric and Adult Congenital Heart
Surgery and Co-Director of the Children’s Heart Center at CHoNJ
and Assistant Professor in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at
NYU School of Medicine.
Dr. Malhotra said, “It is very fulfilling to know that you can make
a difference in the life of a child facing chronic illness.” It
is particularly rewarding to partner with an organization like ‘Gift
of Life’ to provide this opportunity to children from outside the
U.S. who would not ordinarily have access to such care.”
According to Dr. Malhotra, one out of 100 children is born with heart defects.
Over half of those babies don’t need surgery, while 15 to 20 percent
of them need an operation early in life. The Pediatric Cardiac Surgery
Program has also partnered with Gift of Life to provide surgery for children
from Asia, Africa and Belize. The Heart Center at Children’s Hospital
of New Jersey is a leader in pediatric cardiac treatment from minimally
invasive treatments to electrophysiology, and cardiac surgery.
The Children’s Hospital Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery program is
the only program in New Jersey that provides the complete range of medical
and surgical treatments for the most complex cardiac abnormalities. From
fetal echocardiography to life-long care for adults with congenital heart
disease, families turn to our experienced team of cardiac specialists
for the finest care close to home. CHoNJ is home to a 19 bed ICU, advanced
and low dose imaging, neonatal, pediatric and adult congenital cardiac
surgery, NICU and emergency transport team, Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesiologists
and New Jersey’s only neonatal and pediatric ECMO program. The hospital
has satellite offices in Edison and Bayonne.
Joerene and his mother were hosted by a family in Montclair, according
to Mary Berry LeBoeuf, APN and Coordinator of Pediatric and Congenital
Heart Surgery at CHoNJ. Ms. LeBoeuf is pictured. She is a Paul Harris
Fellow of the Rotary International Gift of Life Program and has been involved
with the Gift of Life since the early 1980’s. Also photographed
is Rowan Walsh, MD, Director of Echocardiography at CHoNJ.
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, (NBIMC), a 673-bed regional care teaching
hospital, provides comprehensive health care to its local communities
and well beyond. NBIMC has more than 800 physicians and 3,200 employees
with over 300,000 outpatient visits and 25,000 admissions annually. NBIMC
is fifth in the nation in the number of heart transplants with better
than expected outcomes, has the only lung transplant program in New Jersey,
and combined with Saint Barnabas Medical Center, both Barnabas Health
affiliates, is third in the nation for kidney transplants, by volume.
NBIMC received three of the top awards for 2012 by the New Jersey Hospital
Association and was one of five hospitals nationwide to receive the coveted
2012 NOVA Award from the American Hospital Association. To learn more,
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Children's Hospital of New Jersey, located at Newark Beth Israel Medical
Center and part of the Saint Barnabas Health Care System, 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. For a referral
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