Monmouth Medical Center Names Chief of Neonatology

Dr. Diane Attardi Also Named Medical Director of NICU

Dr Diane AttardiLong Branch, NJ – September 28, 2020 – Colts Neck resident Diane Attardi, MD, has been named chief of neonatology and medical director of Monmouth Medical Center’s Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Foundation Regional Newborn Center, which houses the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

Dr. Attardi, who has 27 years’ experience in neonatology and joined Monmouth Medical Center (MMC) in 1999, earned her medical degree at Drexel University College of Medicine and completed a residency in pediatrics at St Christopher's Hospital for Children. She completed fellowship training in neonatal-perinatal medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. She holds board certification from the American Board of Pediatrics in pediatrics and neonatal-perinatal medicine. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Attardi is an integral part of Monmouth Medical Center’s pediatric residency program and is cited as one of the reasons that so many of the hospital’s pediatric residents have chosen neonatology and matched at fellowships across the country. She took the reins of MMC’s top-rated NICU from Dr. Susan Hudome, who retired in July after serving as medical director of the NICU since 2006.

Opened in 1968, MMC’s NICU was the first of its kind in New Jersey and among the first six offered at community hospitals nationally. Today it is ranked among the best rated NICUs nationally, thanks to a combination of the most sophisticated technology and the expertise of a dedicated team of highly trained caregivers. The NICU treats more than 500 fragile newborns each year – even those weighing less than a pound and born at just 23 weeks gestation – for conditions such as prematurity, low birth weight, acute life-threatening illnesses and congenital disorders, in addition to performing delicate surgeries.

To learn more about the Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Foundation Regional Newborn Center, visit

About Monmouth Medical Center:
Monmouth Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas Health (RWJBH) facility, along with The Unterberg Children’s Hospital, is a regional teaching campus for Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. As the first hospital in Monmouth and Ocean counties, Monmouth Medical Center offers the most experienced surgeons in robotics and other minimally invasive procedures as well as bariatric and joint and spine surgery. Monmouth Medical Center delivers more babies annually than all other hospitals in Monmouth and Ocean counties combined and the fourth most in the state and was recently one of nine New Jersey hospitals recognized by Newsweek magazine as a top maternity hospital. The hospital offers access to the region’s top cardiologists and the award-winning, nationally recognized RWJBarnabas heart centers. The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) has conferred Magnet® recognition for Monmouth Medical Center as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care. It is the only hospital in Monmouth and Ocean counties to consistently receive an “A” Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit organization. RWJBarnabas Health and Monmouth Medical Center, in partnership with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey — the state's only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center — brings a world class team of researchers and specialists to fight alongside patients, providing close-to-home access to the latest treatment and clinical trials.

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