Newark, N.J. (March 30, 2017) - Families in West Orange and the surrounding areas will soon have an important
new resource for children with heart conditions. Starting April 6, the
Children’s Hospital of New Jersey (CHoNJ) will expand cardiology
office visits to West Orange. Pediatric cardiology services will be available
at the Children’s Hospital of New Jersey (CHoNJ) Specialty Center
at West Orange, located at 375 Mount Pleasant Avenue.
Families can schedule an appointment with either
Rajiv Verma, MD, CHoNJ’s division director for pediatric cardiology, or
Rowan Walsh, MD, a CHoNJ faculty pediatric cardiologist by calling
(973) 322-6900 or
Did You Know? The Children's Hospital of New Jersey is the state's largest pediatric
cardiology program featuring the only pediatric Interventionalist, the
only pediatric cardiac surgery program, and the only pediatric cardiac
At the West Orange specialty center, Drs. Verma and Walsh will provide
diagnostic services, consultations and management of children’s
heart conditions including congenital heart disease – holes or other
heart defects that occur before birth. The facility will offer non-invasive
testing such as echocardiograms to view images of the heart, and electrocardiograms
(EKGs) to check the heart’s electrical activity.
By expanding their reach into the community, CHoNJ hopes to continue the
growth of what is already the state’s largest and only full-service
pediatric cardiac program. Based at Newark Beth Israel Hospital, CHoNJ
is the only place where New Jersey children can receive open heart surgery,
cardiac catheterizations, treatment for congenital heart diseases, and
electrophysiology (treatment for heart rhythm disorders).
Dr. Verma, who can now be seen in the West Orange practice, is the only
pediatric interventional cardiologist in the state and he specializes
in minimally invasive heart procedures using catheters -- thin, flexible
tubes inserted through a small opening in the skin -- rather than traditional surgery.
“For 19 years, the catheterization lab at CHoNJ has provided cutting-edge
transcatheter therapy for all forms of congenital heart disease in children
and adults. Every FDA-approved device related to transcatheter therapy
of congenital heart disease is available at CHoNJ,” explains Dr. Verma.
“This expansion will offer greater convenience for families in the
West Orange area,” said Darrell K. Terry, Sr., President and CEO
of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of
New Jersey. “Residents will now have easier access to state-of-the-art
care for congenital heart disease without having to travel outside of
In addition to the West Orange site, CHoNJ also offers pediatric cardiology
office visits at a number of other local RWJBarnabas Health facilities
including Edison, Bayonne, and Newark.
Approximately one percent of U.S. children have some form of congenital
heart disease, and nearly a third of those youngsters require critical
medical attention within their first year. Such children often require
monitoring and treatment into adulthood. If you have a concern about your
child’s heart please reach out to us at the Children’s Hospital
of New Jersey or visit us online at
CONTACT: Linda Kamateh, Sr. Director of Public Relations
About Children’s Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
Children’s Hospital of New Jersey (CHoNJ), located at Newark Beth
Israel Medical Center, cares for children from birth through adolescence,
with more than 30 specialized pediatric services including New Jersey’s
largest Valerie Fund Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders;
and the Children’s Heart Center that offers a complete range of
medical and surgical treatments for the most complex cardiac abnormalities.
Children’s Hospital of New Jersey also includes a Neonatal Intensive
Care Unit and a Level IV Regional Perinatal Center that offers New Jersey’s
only Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) therapy; and the highest
level of intensive care for both mothers and newborns.