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Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Provides Unique Services for Abused Children

07/25/2013

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Provides Unique Services for
Abused Children at their Regional Diagnostic Training Center

Blue Ribbon program
New York Giants Hall of Famer George Martin; John A. Brennan, MD, MPH, President and Chief Executive Officer, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey Executive Vice President, Barnabas Health; Evelyn Mejil, Executive Director, Wynona's House Child Advocacy Center; and Newark Mayor Cory Booker.

NEWARK, New Jersey – July 25, 2013 – Three physicians at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (NBIMC) and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey (CHoNJ) Regional Diagnostic Training Center (RDTC) lead a highly specialized team in treating children of abuse in Newark and Essex County. The RDTC physicians are Board Certified in Child Abuse Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics.

Only 12 physicians in New Jersey and only 191 pediatricians in the U.S. have this certification. These physicians and the team of employees at the RDTC, located at Wynona’s House were recently recognized during Child Safety Month in a Blue Ribbon program to encourage people to continue their vigilance to watch for child abuse, during the summer months, a time when reporting of cases slows.

Jhn A. Brennan, MD, MPH President and CEO NBI
John A. Brennan, MD, MPH, President and Chief Executive Officer, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey, Executive Vice President, Barnabas Health

John A. Brennan, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer of NBIMC and CHoNJ and Executive Vice President of Barnabas Health said, “As a Pediatric Emergency Room physician, I have seen the effects of child abuse up close – I know how important our work is in this area.” He continued, “Our RDTC has been instrumental in implementing child safety initiatives. While June is Child Safety Month, we believe we must remain vigilant to address abuse at all times. I commend our team at the RDTC and Evelyn Mejil, Executive Director of Wynona’s House for being our partner to improve the lives of children and for hosting Blue Ribbon Day.”

Blue Ribbon Day at Wynona’s House brought attention to child abuse and the effort to watch for signs during the summer months when cases of abuse are underreported – due to school closure – a likely place to recognize abuse. Blue ribbons were tied around the facility and outside on the fence around Wynona’s House. Joining Dr. Brennan and Ms. Mejil were Mayor Cory Booker, Superintendent of Newark School Cami Anderson, Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray and New York Giants All Star George Martin.

NBIMC and CHoNJ provide sexual and physical abuse examinations at Newark Beth on a daily basis and education for residents, fellows and other medical professionals in the Essex County area. According to Donna Pincavage, Administrative Director at the RDTC, our psychologists, social workers and Licensed Professional Counselors are experts in child maltreatment and meet standards of high quality of care by providing evidence-based mental health services and practices. Ms. Pincavage said, the staff is involved in a number of research efforts and provides empirically based treatment for children.

Darrell K. Terry, Sr and Donna Pincavage
Darrell K. Terry, Sr., MHA, FACHE, Chief Operating Officer, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey and Donna Pincavage, Administrative Director at the RDTC

The RDTC has played a major role in implementing “The Period of Purple Crying,” which educates parents about infant crying – NBIMC was one of the first hospitals to implement this program in New Jersey. The Center also participates in the “Enough Abuse Campaign” to educate the community about child sexual abuse prevention. They also oversee the Regional Child Fatality Review Team, which makes recommendations regarding system improvement encouraging safe sleep, preventing abusive head trauma, and address child neglect.

The RDTC is led by Medical Director, Dr. Elizabeth Hodgson, Clinical Director Dr. Caridad Moreno, and management team, Dr.’s Christine Baker, Alison Winston and Monica Weiner. Wynona’s House was created in honor of Senator Wynona Lipman. Wynona’s House opened its doors at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in 2000 and remained there until it relocated to its current site on Raymond Boulevard in 2007.

About NBIMC
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, 3,200 employees and 150 volunteers with over 300,000 outpatient visits and 25,000 admissions annually. NBIMC is third 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 facilities, is third in the nation for kidney transplants, by volume. To learn more, visit us on line at www.newarkbeth.org

About CHoNJ
Children's Hospital of New Jersey, located at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, a Barnabas Health facility, 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 to a pediatrician or pediatric specialist, please call 1-888-724-7123.

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