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Children’s Hospital of NJ To Offer Free Screenings for Student Athletes 6 – 18 Years Old


Matthew J. Morahan III Health Assessment Center for Athletes Hosts Free Health Screening in Newark
The Goal: Prevent Cardiac Arrest & Concussions in Student Athletes

Morahan screening

High school athletes participated in the Matthew J. Morahan III Health Assessment Center for Athletes Cardiac and Concussion Screening at Children’s Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (CHoNJ). Participating in the screening from CHoNJ are Darrell K. Terry, Sr., MHA, MPH, FACHE, Chief Operating Officer, Rajiv Verma, MD, Director, Children’s Heart Center, cardiologist Dr. Rowan Walsh, four-time Olympian Joetta Clark Diggs, Diana Toto, M.S., Program Director, Kevin Lawless PT, DPT AVP, Jennifer K Mendrzycki, JD, MHA, VP, CHoNJ and Tracy Munford, VP of PR and Community Affairs.

Newark, NJ- January 23, 2015 – Children's Hospital of New Jersey will host the Matthew J. Morahan III Health Assessment Center for Athletes free screening for student athletes, on Saturday, March 21, 2015. The free cardiac and concussion screenings begin at 8 a.m. and will end at noon. Each screening takes approximately 30 minutes.

The Cardiac Screening is open to the first 150 people. The Concussion Screening is open to the first 80 athletes.

"We want to be sure that student athletes are prepared to participate in any sport, from football and basketball to soccer and track – whatever sport, a health assessment is essential to keeping children and student athletes as safe as possible," said John A. Brennan, MD, MPH, President and Chief Executive Officer of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children's Hospital of New Jersey. "I encourage parents and guardians to take advantage of this special program for athletes. Dr. Brennan added that the goal of the program is to prevent injury and death to young athletes.

The cardiac screening is for young athletes aged six to 18 years old. When preliminary testing to identify serious cardiac problems is provided to young athletes, sudden cardiac arrest and tragic deaths may be avoided. Ninety percent of sudden cardiac deaths in young athletes occur during or after athletic activities. Hidden heart conditions are often the cause. The screenings will help to identify players who may require further testing or intervention.

The concussion baseline screening is for young athletes aged 12 to 18 years old. Having a concussion baseline study (ImPACT) for your young athlete can help identify issues in the future. If an athlete is believed to have suffered a head injury, this screening test may be used to evaluate the severity of the head injury and determine when it is safe to return to play.

The Matthew J. Morahan III Health Assessment Center for Athletes provides education, evaluation and assessment of sports injury and sports-related cardiac and concussion screenings. Barnabas Health serves and cares for more pediatric patients than any other health care organization in New Jersey; this program furthers our long-standing commitment to the health and well-being of children and young adults.

Registration is required, to register please call 973-926-2064.

About Matthew J. Morahan III
Before finding his true athletic calling on the links, Matthew participated in little league, recreational football and swimming. In addition to becoming a golfer, Matthew went on to be an enthusiastic sports viewer as well as a devoted runner. To ensure child athletes can safely enjoy the same experiences Matthew did, his family and friends helped to create the Matthew J. Morahan III Memorial Health Assessment Center for Athletes. Young athletes can be screened for otherwise undetectable brain and heart conditions at minimal or no cost.

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
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 in the top three hospitals 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. To learn more, visit us on line at

Children's Hospital of New Jersey
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 to a pediatrician or pediatric specialist, please call 973-926-7280.

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