Free Cardiac and Concussion Screenings for Young Athletes Provided through the Matthew J. Morahan III Health Assessment Center at RWJBarnabas Health

Jersey City, NJ – The Matthew J. Morahan III Health Assessment Center for Athletes (Morahan Center) at RWJBarnabas Health is expanding its services to Hudson County at Newport Centre.

To mark the grand opening of the new Center, an event will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2022 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., offering free cardiac and concussion baseline screenings for young athletes at its new location Newport Centre, 100 Town Square Place, Suite 403 in Jersey City.

Screenings are free of charge and a parent or guardian must be present. An appointment is required.

To request an appointment time, parents/guardians may visit: rwjbh.org/jcmcevents and search by event name. For the safety of all participants, all participants must wear masks, and only one parent per family will be able to attend to limit visitors, and to ensure social distancing.

“The screenings offered through Morahan Center help families take a proactive approach to concussion and cardiac issues in our youth athletes,” explained Jason Krystofiak, MD, the program’s medical director. “The goal is not to terrify people with statistics, but to try to protect young athletes and also not take them out of the things they love to do,” he added.

When preliminary testing to identify serious cardiac problems is provided to young athletes, sudden cardiac arrest and tragic deaths may be avoided. “Nearly 90 percent of sudden cardiac deaths in young athletes occur during or after athletic activities, and hidden heart conditions are often the cause. Cardiac screening, open to 6-to 18-year-olds, will help to identify players who may require further testing or intervention,” Dr. Krystofiak explained.

FDA-approved ImPACT Pediatric® concussion screenings are available to young athletes, ages 5 and older (until recently, the screening was only available to those ages 10 and above). Having a concussion baseline study (ImPACT) can help identify issues in the future. ImPACT Pediatric is an iPad-based computerized test that is individually and easily administered as well as engaging for children, while effectively measuring neurocognitive function. Dr. Krystofiak said, “If an athlete is believed to have suffered a head injury, this screening test may be used to evaluate the severity and determine when it is safe to return to play.”

The Morahan Center provides education, assessment and evaluation of sports injury and sports-related cardiac and concussion screening. Offering one of the most comprehensive pre-season screening and concussion management centers in New Jersey, the center partners with over 30 primary, secondary and NCAA partnerships across the state of New Jersey and has provided 40,000 screenings to youth sports athletes since 2010.

For more information about the Matthew J. Morahan III Health Assessment Center for Athletes in Hudson County, visit: rwjbh.org/events/register/?Event=27055 or call 973-322-7913.

About Jersey City Medical Center

Jersey City Medical Center (JCMC), an RWJBarnabas Health facility, is Healing, Enhancing, and Investing in Hudson County. It is a comprehensive full-service acute and sub-acute care 348-bed teaching hospital. A not-for-profit hospital, JCMC is a state-designated Level II Regional Trauma Center with close to 16,000 admissions and over 80,000 Emergency Department visits annually. The hospital specialty services include maternity, orthopedics, heart and vascular care, and behavioral health. JCMC is the only full-service heart hospital in Hudson County, offering access to outstanding cardiologists and sophisticated and advanced treatments, such as cardiac surgery and Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacements (TAVR). RWJBarnabas Health and Jersey City Medical Center are in partnership with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey – the state’s only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. JCMC is also a state designated stroke center, a regional comprehensive cardiac center, a perinatal intensive care center, a regional level 3 neonatal intensive care unit for critically ill newborns, and home to the most advanced robotic-assisted surgical program in Hudson County. JCMC, a provider of Advanced Life Support for Hudson County, runs 911 Medical Call Screening for Hudson County and operates one of the state’s busiest EMS systems.

Contact: Stacie Newton
Office: 201-395-7568
Mobile: 201-424-9678
E-mail: stacie.newton@rwjbh.org