Children's Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
No Cost Cardiac and Concussion Screenings for Student Athletes 6 –
18 Years Old
Newark, NJ- July 9, 2015 – Children's Hospital of New Jersey
at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center will host the Matthew J. Morahan
III Health Assessment Center for Athletes free screening for student athletes,
on Tuesday, August 4, 2015. The free cardiac and concussion screenings
begin at 4 p.m. and will end at 8 p.m. Each screening takes approximately
The Cardiac Screening is open to the first 150 people. The Concussion Screening
is open to the first 80 athletes. Screenings supported by a grant from
the Heisman Trophy Trust.
Almost 50 young athletes participated in the cardiac screening and received
an exam by Children's Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel
Medical Center (CHoNJ) pediatric cardiologist Rowan Walsh, MD, or Rajiv
Verma, MD, Director, Children's Heart Center, Children's Hospital
of New Jersey. Six of those screened (almost 15%) had abnormal EKGs requiring
further follow-up. Above is a photo of players from the Lady Vipers and
Liberty girls travel teams of the Union Soccer Club with one of their
coaches, Jennifer Cebrian, NBIMC Emergency Department, Supervisor Patient
Access (third from the left), who came to the Matthew J. Morahan III Health
Assessment Center for Athletes Cardiac and Concussion Screening at CHoNJ.
The Union Soccer Club recently suffered the loss of one of their players.
"We want to be sure that student athletes are prepared to participate
in any sport, from football and field hockey to soccer and cross country
– whatever sport, a health assessment is essential to keeping children
and 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 our youth."
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,
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) can help identify issues
in the future. If a serious head injury is suspected, this baseline 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.
Screenings supported by a grant from the Heisman Trophy Trust.
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 1,000 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 facilities, 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 Barnabas Health, 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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