Jan 31, 2024 RWJBarnabas Health Enhances Access to Children’s Health Services in East Brunswick

East Brunswick, NJ (January 31, 2023) – Residents of East Brunswick and surrounding communities now have enhanced access to state-of-the-art children’s health services. With the opening of the RWJBH Medical Group Pediatric Orthopedic & Specialty Services practice in addition to a new Children’s Specialized Hospital (CSH) location, this new facility offers expanded access to care for children facing special health care needs.

“This week’s ribbon cutting in East Brunswick isn’t just about opening a new door for pediatric specialty care, it’s about strengthening our roots in Middlesex County and central New Jersey, bringing world-class expertise and innovative technology closer to home,” said Mark E. Manigan, President and CEO of RWJBarnabas Health. “We’re really proud of what we’re doing in children’s health. We have the most significant and extensive pediatric care network in the state of New Jersey. We continue to invest in it and we will continue to grow it so that no one has to leave the state, and ideally no one has to leave their community, to get the best care for their kids.”

The new facility, located at 645 NJ-18 in East Brunswick, provides infants through adolescents with innovative, expert care as it relates to bone and muscular conditions, chronic illnesses, and complex physical disabilities, as well as developmental, behavioral and mental health concerns. The pediatric orthopedic center offers orthopedic care for children with spinal deformities, inflammatory and infectious problems, fractures and sports-related injuries while Children’s Specialized Health offers a wide range of medical and therapeutic rehabilitative services including physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech language therapy, developmental behavioral pediatrics, physiatry and more.

“There are nearly 250,000 children living with a unique healthcare challenge across New Jersey. This facility will offer them a comprehensive range of services focused on their individual needs and will provide children and families in the region a supportive environment to receive expert, family-centered care,” said Matthew B. McDonald III, M.D., President and CEO of Children’s Specialized Hospital. “Sharing this space with our system partners not only allows us to enhance availability to our specialized services for those who need us but also provides local families with access to a variety of medical services in one convenient location.”

Additionally, this new facility is also equipped with cutting-edge technology that captures full-body, high-quality low-radiation imaging. The benefits for young patients are plenty, including enhanced safety through minimized radiation exposure, faster diagnosis facilitate by clear and accurate images, and improved comfort with a spacious cabin design that fosters a stress-free environment during imaging sessions, ultimately contributing to quicker recovery.

“This new East Brunswick location isn’t just about expanding access to pediatric orthopedic care, it’s about bringing cutting-edge technology like EOSedge right to our community’s doorstep,” said J. Andrew Bowe, M.D., pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. “This means more precise, faster diagnoses with significantly less radiation for our young patients, keeping them safe and healthy. We’re thrilled to welcome new and familiar families and continue providing the highest quality orthopedic care in the neighborhood.”

The East Brunswick facility is strategically positioned with other locations in East Brunswick and Neptune to serve patients and families in Central Jersey. Further demonstrating their commitment to high-quality healthcare, RWJBarnabas Health children’s hospitals recently achieved a notable national ranking. The facilities were named among the nation’s Best Children’s Hospitals for 2023-2024 by U.S. News & World Report, a global leader in quality rankings.

“I’m thrilled that RWJBarnabas Health has recognized East Brunswick as the medical hub that it is and for moving this tremendous facility to our township,” said Mayor Brad Cohen of East Brunswick. “I’m impressed at the size of the building and its ability to service patients, which is near and dear to my heart. We are a very densely populated state, so being able to access healthcare where it’s being delivered is critical. I applaud your vision as it’s the same vision we have here in East Brunswick, and on behalf of the township, we welcome you and wish you the utmost success.”

Additional pediatric services in partnership with Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School will also be added to the facility, including endocrinology, genetics, pulmonology, and neurology. Early this spring, women will also have access to comprehensive breast health services with the opening of the RWJBarnabas Health/Rutgers Cancer Institute Breast Center and the New Jersey Imaging Network. This addition continues our commitment to bringing the most advanced cancer care from NJ’s only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, close to home. JAG Physical Therapy will also provide services at the new East Brunswick practice.

To learn more, visit Children’s Health.

About RWJBarnabas Health

RWJBarnabas Health is the largest, most comprehensive academic health care system in New Jersey, with a service area covering eight counties with five million people. The system includes twelve acute care hospitals – Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville, Community Medical Center in Toms River, Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, Jersey City Medical Center in Jersey City, Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus in Lakewood, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Hamilton in Hamilton, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway in Rahway, and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset in Somerville; Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth; three acute care children’s hospitals; Children’s Specialized Hospital, including a network of outpatient centers; a behavioral health center and the state’s largest behavioral health network; two trauma centers; a satellite emergency department; ambulatory care centers; geriatric centers; comprehensive home care and hospice programs; fitness and wellness centers; retail pharmacy services; an affiliated medical group; multi-site imaging centers; and two accountable care organizations.

RWJBarnabas Health is among New Jersey’s largest private employers – with more than 38,000 employees and 9,000 physicians – and routinely captures national awards for outstanding quality and safety. RWJBarnabas Health, in partnership with Rutgers University, is New Jersey’s largest academic health care system. The collaboration aligns RWJBarnabas Health with Rutgers’ education, research, and clinical activities, including those at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey – the state’s only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center – and Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care.

About Children’s Specialized Hospital

Children’s Specialized Hospital, part of the Children’s Health network at RWJBarnabas Health, is the nation’s leading provider of inpatient and outpatient care for children from birth to 21 years of age facing special health challenges – from chronic illnesses and complex physical disabilities like brain and spinal cord injuries, to a full scope of developmental, behavioral and mental health outcomes. At 15 different New Jersey locations, our pediatric specialists partner with families to make our many innovative therapies and medical treatments more personalized and effective so each child can reach their full potential. To learn more, visit rwjbh.org/childrensspecialized.

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Carrie Cristello