NEWARK, New Jersey, October 22, 2012 – Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey presents Family Health Day at The Beth on Saturday, October 27, 2012, from 8 a.m. to noon. The hospital is located at 201 Lyons Avenue in Newark.
Former members of the New Jersey Devils and the U.S. World Class Team will participate in the Matthew J. Morahan Cardiac and Concussion Screening for young athlete’s age 6 to 18 years of age and a former World Class track and field athlete will join in Family Day at The Beth, as well.
Former Devils, Bruce Driver, played 15 seasons in the National Hockey League, serving as Team Captain and helping the Devils win the Stanley Cup in 1995. Driver is currently the head coach for the Morristown-Beard girls’ ice hockey team. Grant Marshall helped the Devils win the Stanley Cup in 2003. Both Driver and Marshall will sign autographs and talk to parents and student athletes from 10 a.m. to noon. Also joining in FAMILY HEALTH DAY at The Beth is World Class Track and Field star Anselm Lebourne. Lebourne will be available to talk to student athletes and parents about preparing young athletes for participation in sports.
“Family Health Day at The Beth was designed to engage families in wellness and healthy lifestyles, particular for children involved in sports,” said John A. Brennan, MD, MPH, President and Chief Executive Officer of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey.
Dr. Brennan added, “We want to be sure that student athletes are prepared to participate in any sport, from football and basketball to soccer and track – whatever sport, a health assessment is essential to keeping children as safe as possible.”
The goal of the Morahan 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 to young athletes, 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) for your young athlete can help identify issues in the future. If an athlete is believed to have suffered a head injury, this 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.
For more than 15 years, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center has hosted free breast screenings for women as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month activities at The Beth. Every year more than 200 women register for this free program that includes a clinical breast exam, screening mammogram vouchers and breast health and awareness educational sessions. Dr. Brennan said, “The screening program, done in our Dr. Frederick B. Cohen, MD. Comprehensive Cancer and Blood Disorders Center is an important tool for women to stay healthy.” To register for the screening please call, 973-926-7976 and in Spanish, call 973-926-3295.
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 800 physicians, and 3,200 employees with over 300,000 outpatient visits and 25,000 admissions annually. NBIMC is fifth 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 affiliates, is third in the nation for kidney transplants, by volume. NBIMC received three of the top awards for 2012 by the New Jersey Hospital Association and was one of five hospitals nationwide to receive the coveted 2012 NOVA Award from the American Hospital Association. To learn more, visit us on line at www.newarkbeth.com
Children's Hospital of New Jersey, located at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and part of the Saint Barnabas Health Care System, 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 1-888-724-7123.
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Date: October 22, 2012
Contact: Beth Salamon
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