CentraState Medical Center is on your side when kids and the unexpected collide. Whether it’s a tummy ache, a fever, a minor emergency, or an urgent situation, we’re here to provide the very best pediatric services for your baby, child, or teenager. We also provide pediatric urgent care for non-life-threatening illness or injury that requires immediate care.
At CentraState, your child will receive prompt care from a skilled team in an atmosphere that makes kids our number one priority. We have pediatricians, neonatologists, and pediatric emergency room physicians on site at all times, along with expert subspecialists and caring pediatric nurses. We’re ready for you 24/7, because kids certainly don’t coordinate their needs around your schedule. Even better, we’ll have you back to your routine chaos before you know it.
PEDIATRIC EMERGENCY SERVICES
Pediatricians are available on-site 24/7 at the Star and Barry Tobias Emergency Pediatric Care area of our Emergency Department.
This area includes private rooms decorated in child-friendly themes, as well as large, flat-screen LCD televisions in each room—all designed to create a comforting environment to put an apprehensive child at ease.
We provide a First Care service that is designated to treat minor injuries in less than 30 minutes, so you and your child can return home as quickly as possible.
CHILDREN’S HEALTH AND WELLNESS
CentraState’s Pediatric Unit and First Impressions Maternity Center work together to ensure the thorough, coordinated care of our newborn patients. Our board-certified pediatricians and obstetricians consider your child’s well-being the top priority and by providing side by side care, are able to cover all conditions for your newborn’s well-being.
Should your baby require special attention, our board-certified neonatologists offer expert care 24/7 and will work with your obstetrician and pediatrician to ensure regular progress updates every step of the way.
If your child requires a hospital stay, our Pediatric Unit offers exceptional care and family-centered services—along with a soothing, home-like atmosphere to ensure the speedy recovery of your child and the comfort of the whole family.
CentraState has earned three-time Magnet designation for nursing excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Our nurses are three-time Magnet designated for nursing excellence and are certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and pediatric advanced life support (PALS). Whether your child is a newborn or young adult, our experienced pediatric nursing staff offer the most thorough care possible.
At the Star and Barry Tobias Student Health Awareness Center we offer classes for parents, kids, toddles and newborns. The programs include
- Cooking classes
- Substance awareness prevention
- Family life
- Growth and development
- Character education
Michelle and Jennifer Tobias Adventure to Health
Adventure to Health is a high-tech, educational wonderland that allows kids to immerse themselves in the wonders of the human body. Interactive stations engage and entertain while educating children about healthy food choices, germs and how they spread, safety, fitness, and more.
To learn more about this interactive health education resource and schedule a visit for a family or class trip, call 732-308-0570.
HEALTHY SPINES FOR KIDS
When an adolescent is diagnosed with scoliosis, the condition may worsen as he or she grows, so early screening—and early treatment—can be crucial before the curves of the spine worsen. Schroth Barcelona Institute certified therapists who specialize in adolescent scoliosis offer free screenings at CentraState for ages 10 to 17 years old. Each person who participates will receive a copy of the screening results that offer approximate measurements.
To prepare for the scoliosis screenings:
- A parent must be present and will need to sign a consent form for participation.
- Girls will need to wear either a sports bra, bathing suit top, or fitted tank top. Screenings will be provided by physical therapists in a private comfortable area.
How is Scoliosis Diagnosed?
Screenings can be performed using a scoliometer, a device that measures the degrees of rotation at the trunk. Once it’s determined that an adolescent is at risk of having scoliosis, it’s recommended that an orthopedic specialist in scoliosis provides an evaluation and diagnosis, measures spinal curves, determines the risk for progression, and offers treatment options.
As one of these options, the OceanFirst Rehabilitation Center at CentraState Medical Center now offers an innovative physical therapy treatment called the Schroth 3D treatment for scoliosis.
Schedule a free scoliosis screening by calling 732-294-2700.
When an adolescent is diagnosed with scoliosis, the condition may worsen as he or she grows. The good news is treatment options for scoliosis are no longer limited to surgery or braces.
Non-surgical Schroth 3D Treatment
This treatment is a conservative option that uses customized exercises and breathing techniques to work toward improving the scoliosis posture. Therapy includes treating the patient at all planes of the body, making it a 3D approach. Exercises are designed to promote symmetry and improve alignment. Mirrors and other tools are also used to help patients become more aware of their body to assist with postural correction.
The physical therapist works closely with the patient, parent, and care team on this therapy, which involves active patient participation and a commitment to performing a home-based program, as well as the patient’s ongoing support with postural corrections throughout the day.
- Improved posture
- Improved overall body awareness
- Improved strength of postural muscles to promote symmetry
- Improved alignment
- Reduced pain
- Increased lung capacity
For more information about the Schroth 3D treatment for scoliosis at the OceanFirst Rehabilitation Center at CentraState, call 866-CENTRA7. To schedule an appointment, call 732-294-2700 or request an appointment online.
FIND A PEDIATRICIAN
Rex Zapanta, M.D.
Joann Alfonzo, M.D.
Alicia DePerio, M.D.
Moshe Levy, M.D.
Julia Bakshiyev, M.D.
Claudio Lopez, M.D.
Marta Zeb, M.D.
Jose R. Lopez, M.D.
Vrinda Shah, M.D.
Melissa Bonilla, M.D.
Theresa Salcedo, M.D.
Hanna Gebre-Medhin, M.D.
Anup Singh, M.D.
Lori Rosenberg, DO
Adam Naddelman, M.D.
Lakshmi Nandiwada, M.D.
Caroline Youssef, M.D.
Valerie Kullman, M.D.
Harvey Hirsch, M.D.
Loyda Rivera, M.D.
Sadaf Khan, M.D.
Mitchel Alpert, M.D.
Arvind Patel, M.D.
Payal Hemrajani, M.D.
Yechiel Zagelbaum, DO
Madhavi Katturpalli, M.D.
Rima Daghistani, M. D.
Sharon Yuen, M.D.
Sangita Nagpal, M.D.
Vincent Zales, M.D.
John Gallucci, M.D.
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Maria Umali, M.D.
Bert Mandelbaum, M.D.
Elsa Castro, M.D.
Stephanie Chin, M.D.
William Giasi Jr., M.D.
Leslie Greenberg, M.D.
Sonia Garg, DO
AnnMarie Grigoletto, M.D.
Alla Lokshina, M.D.
Deepa Doshi, M.D.
Jeffrey Wolfe, M.D.
Peter Pellegrino, M.D.
Diane Bunn, M.D.
Amisha Shah, M.D.
Kim Lee, M.D.
Sajjad Zaidi, M.D.
Susan Brill, M.D.
Leo Lopez, D.O.
Amy Morano, M.D.
Ramarao Gajula, M.D.
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