Why Choose a Children's Hospital?

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 counseling.

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.

Why Choose an Academic Medical Center?

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.