You’ve heard the saying countless times: Children are not small adults.
Children are unique individuals with their own specialized needs. Never
is this more apparent than when a child needs health care - whether it’s
a highly specialized surgical procedure, a simple treatment for an early
childhood infection, an immunization or preventive care such as nutritional
Children are different. And they need different health care that focuses
on their unique needs, involves their parents from start to finish and
is provided in places designed to be kid-sized and child friendly. Because
they’re growing and developing, children’s health care needs
are constantly changing. They need extra time, extra monitoring, specialized
medications and caregivers with special skills and compassion in understanding
the needs of children. For example, hospitalized children under age 2
require nearly 40 percent more nursing care to attend to their medical
and psychological needs as well as simply to their needs of daily living
and being children.
That’s why all children need children’s hospitals - which are
focused solely on their unique needs. Combining compassionate, personal
care with the world’s most sophisticated technology; children’s
hospitals devote themselves to making sick children healthy once again.
Children’s hospitals serve as regional centers for children’s
health, meeting the health care needs of children from the most distant
rural areas as well as the closest inner city neighborhoods. Because they
draw children from all over the region, children’s hospitals care
for the majority of children with chronic conditions or congenital abnormalities
present from birth, such as heart disease.
Children’s hospitals also serve as vital centers of education in
pediatric care, training the pediatricians and family practice physicians,
nurses, social workers, dentists and other caregivers for the children
of tomorrow. And as centers of cutting-edge research in children’s
health, they are responsible for lifesaving discoveries such as vaccines,
gene therapies and specialized surgical techniques that not only benefit
children, but adults as well.
The Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center provides a comprehensive
continuum of accessible, high-quality, family-centered children’s
services thus improving the health status of children in Monmouth and
Ocean counties. The Children’s Hospital is dedicated to promoting
the development and coordination of children’s programs and services
while maintaining professional excellence in research, and education in
the field of children’s health.
Research, in all its forms, is an important part of clinical excellence.
The spirit of inquiry that guides research - discovering
why something occurs - is critical to helping our patients and their families
understand what is happening. Further, we are committed to not only taking
care of our patients, but in constantly finding the very best treatments
and in helping to prevent disease in our community. Research is how we
do this. In some cases, an experimental therapy is the only option, and
a research institution such as ours makes such treatments available. This
means that the newest treatments may be available for our patients years
before they are on the general market. Pediatricians, pediatric nurses,
pediatric pharmacists - all experts in taking care of children - can develop
and test new therapies of their own, or work with other professionals
nationwide, making the same treatment and study protocols available at
The Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center as at large institutions
across the country. Of course, patients and their parents are our partners
in care, and participating in research is entirely voluntary, something
to be discussed and decided upon with guidance from your physician. We
just want to be able to offer our patients the most up-to-date care available.
Monmouth Medical Center is one of the largest and oldest teaching hospitals
in the state of New Jersey, and is an official Regional Medical Campus
of Drexel University College of Medicine. While many hospitals use the
word “university” in their names, being a regional medical
campus is a status few hospitals can claim. Monmouth has been affiliated
with Drexel (formerly called MCP Hahnemann) for over three decades, one
of the longest affiliations in the state. Being an academic medical center
helps Monmouth attract the best and brightest physicians to care for our
patients. Many of the physicians on our staff are regionally, nationally,
and even internationally know in their fields, respected for their writing,
research, and clinical care. Also, being an academic medical center means
that there are more experienced faculty physicians and physicians in training
available to monitor the children’s progress, 24 hours a day, each
and every day. Additionally, being a teaching hospital means that the
very latest in scientific evidence, medical knowledge and clinical thinking
is brought to bear on fighting the illnesses that affect our patients.