Because every child deserves the best care.
A child with cancer....a newborn with heart disease...a teenager with cystic
fibrosis. For children of all ages who need advanced medical care, world-class
expertise is here at The Unterberg Children’s Hospital at Monmouth
As a regional leader dedicated to children’s health, The Unterberg
Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center offers the highest
level of pediatric care for newborns to adolescents, including leading
edge treatments and specialized expertise that only a comprehensive children’s
hospital can provide. Here, you’ll discover a child-friendly, family-focused
approach to every aspect of care, and dedication to medical excellence
which sets us apart.
What Makes The Unterberg Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical
Center a Special Place?
Take a look. At The Unterberg Children’s Hospital, we deliver care
that changes children's lives, restores hope and fosters dreams for
Children and adolescents have unique health needs, and no other hospital
in the region is better equipped to meet every one of them.
As a dedicated children’s hospital and a teaching affiliate of the
prestigious Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, we
have a team of pediatric specialists in virtually every area of children’s
health, working together to deliver the best solutions for the most complex
health problems- around the clock. We are known for innovative treatments,
advanced technologies, life-saving care, and unsurpassed dedication to
the children and families we serve.
That dedication involves more than superior medical treatment and expert
physicians. It means supporting patients and families in large and small
ways, to ease their anxiety and reduce their stress from the moment they
arrive through our doors. It’s knowing the difference between Sponge
Bob and Bob the Builder to bring a smile to a child’s face. And
taking the time with families to explain, to educate, and to offer help,
while respecting privacy, diversity, and each family’s unique strengths.
To learn more about our programs and services and our dedication to medical
excellence, choose an item below or contact us at 732-923-7250 :
A Tradition Of Excellence In Pediatric Care.
A History of Nursing Fragile Newborns to Health.
Dim lighting and a low noise level make the Regional Newborn Center, part
of The Unterberg Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center,
a restful and peaceful place for newborns.
The Regional Newborn Center opened its doors in 1968, making Monmouth
the first hospital in New Jersey and the first community hospital in the
country to establish a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
In its first 10 years, the RNC treated 4,000 infants in the critical early
days of their lives. Today, Monmouth’s state-designated Level III
NICU treats more than 550 infants each year for conditions such as prematurity,
low birth weight, acute life-threatening illnesses and congenital disorders,
as well as providing delicate surgeries.
In 2006, the RNC was selected as a Regional Program of Quality for Perinatal
Services by Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, becoming one
of just 14 hospitals throughout New Jersey to be recognized for its care
of high-risk mothers and newborns.
With one of the highest infant survival rates among NICUs in the country,
Monmouth’s neonatal care team consists of neonatologists, nurses,
respiratory therapists and other highly-skilled medical professionals
who work together to provide high-quality care in an environment conducive
The Unterberg Children's Hospital: Pediatric Excellence Past & Present
In January 2006, Monmouth Medical Center was recognized for its long-demonstrated
strength in pediatrics and was licensed by New Jersey as an official children’s
hospital for Monmouth and Ocean counties. What few people realize, however,
is just how early Monmouth’s commitment to providing comprehensive
pediatric care began.
Around 1887, an epidemic struck Long Branch, leaving eight children from
poor families sick and in need of care. With no hospital in the area,
local businessmen rented four rooms over a Broadway storefront to care
for the children - an act that laid the foundation for what is now Monmouth
The first mention of a special area devoted to the care of children appeared
in the hospital’s 1904 annual report, and the first mention of a
pediatrician highlights Lester D. Wise, M.D., as chief of pediatrics in
the 1920 annual report. By 1923, Dr. Wise was joined by Stanley Nichols,
M.D., and they are both reported to have worked in the Dispensary Department
for the Children’s Clinic.
In 1934, Dr. Nichols became one of the first child specialists in the
country to be certified by the newly created American Board of Pediatrics.
Under his direction, the elements of the pediatric program were specified
by the time the Borden Memorial Pavilion was built in 1940. Dr. Nichols
served as chief of pediatrics from 1935 until his death in 1949, at which
time the Dr. Stanley Nichols Branch of the hospital auxiliary was formed
to support pediatric projects.
As the hospital flourished in the 1940s with an influx of patients and
philanthropy, physicians began to treat a new and frightening disease
called polio. A summer disease, polio hit the Long Branch area - with
its influx of summer visitors - especially hard. Patients, primarily children,
occupied the entire pediatrics unit and often numbered close to 100.
It was then that Monmouth gained international renown for its polio treatment,
developed under the leadership of Dr. Nicholas Ransohoff from curare,
a relaxant drug used in ancient times. The volume of polio patients reached
its peak in 1949, with patients traveling to Monmouth from other states
and even overseas.
Today, Monmouth continues its pattern of excellence by providing renowned
medical expertise that only a leading academic medical center can offer,
with 140 pediatric specialists
in 26 fields of medicine.
Making Room for Baby: The Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Foundation Neonatal
Intensive Care Unit Expands to Meet Need
The Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Foundation Neonatal Intensive Care Unit,
the region’s largest statedesignated Level III NICU, will expand
to provide more infants with the specialized care they need.
“To keep up with the growing demand, the NICU will add more rooms
and beds so that more babies can be cared for and parents may have increased
privacy,” said Siran Hovnanian Sahakian, a director of the Hirair
and Anna Hovnanian Foundation.
Recently, the Regional Newborn Center (RNC) was the first in Monmouth
County to debut crucial equipment to treat brain injuries suffered by
full-term newborns thanks to a donation by Michael’s Feat, a non-profit
foundation that supports parents caring for seriously ill newborns in
Monmouth and Ocean counties.
The equipment includes a cerebral function monitor, which is used in conjunction
with a portable cooling unit to offer hope of a more complete recovery
to full-term babies born with perinatal asphyxia, a brain injury occurring at birth.
“By having the technology delivered right here at Monmouth, we avoid
delays caused by transporting the baby to another hospital, and we don’t
have to separate a mother from her newborn,” said Susan Hudome,
M.D., medical director of the Regional Newborn Center at Monmouth Medical Center.
Dr. Hudome adds that the donation and expansion allows Monmouth to continue
to deliver the highest level of care available in any Level III NICU.