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