April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
"Invisible No More"
Two day Summit Highlights Advances and Challenges
The Children's Hospital and RDTC Receive First Award name in honor of Dr. Joshua L. Weisbrod
Newark Beth and Children's Hospital's Regional Diagnostic Training Center co-hosted the majority of workshops at the 1st National Summit on Child Abuse and Neglect in New Jersey earlier this month. The Summit, held at NJ Performing Arts Center, included national and New Jersey leaders on the front line of child abuse prevention. The Summit was headed by Wynona's House, which is the designated Child Advocacy Center of Essex County for child victims of abuse and neglect and their non-offending caregiver.
"The physicians, clinical professionals and staff at the RDTC continues to have a positive impact on the quality of life for the hundreds of children they treat every year," said John A. Brennan, MD, MPH, President and CEO of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children's Hospital of New Jersey and Executive Vice President of Barnabas Health. "I want to thank Wynona's House, the RDTC staff and a special thanks to Mrs. Weisbrod and family for honoring us with this special award."
Wynona's House, located on Washington Street, is home to the New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency, the Essex County Prosecutor's Office, and our Metro Regional Diagnostic and Treatment Center, one of four legislatively mandated centers in New Jersey. The Metro RDTC conducts medical and psychosocial evaluations for the diagnosis and treatment of suspected victims of child abuse and neglect.
Wynona's House used to be located at The Beth before moving to its current site in downtown Newark in 2007. Our board-certified physicians are Board Certified in Child Abuse Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatric. There are only 300 pediatricians with this certification practicing in the U.S. and fewer than 15 in New Jersey. Three of the 15 are with the Metro RDTC, E. Susan Hodgson, MD, Monica Weiner, MD, and Deborah Steinbaum, MD. Our center also includes a number of psychologists, social workers, and Licensed Professional Counselors and is under Administrative Director Donna Pincavage.
In addition to the workshops, which included Dr. Hodgson, Dr. Weiner, Dr. Steinbaum, and Christine Baker, Ph.D NBIMC, CHoNJ and the Metro RDTC were honored with the first Joshua L. Weisbrod Award, presented by his family, including his daughter, former Barnabas Health employee Ellen Lambert. Dr. Weisbrod's history and commitment to the Newark Beth Israel CHAMPS Program, (a predecessor of the Metro RDTC), is well documented, as he worked to stop child sexual abuse many years ago. He is responsible for creating the environment for New Jersey and especially Newark to become a leader in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of child abuse. Dr. Weisbrod's legacy to improve the human condition mirrors that of Senator Wynona Lipman. He was also instrumental in The Beth being the first home of Wynona's House. The award is on display at the Metro RDTC and Wynona's House.