The Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital

What is a Children's Hospital?

The name "Children's Hospital" is an earned recognition.  The Children's Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center exceeds the standards of pediatric healthcare as defined by the Children's Hospital  Association and the State of New Jersey.  In 1988 the Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital began providing pediatric emergency services to the community.  In 2013, more than 34,000 patients were treated in its dedicated Pediatric Emergency Department-demonstrating a clear need for these pediatric services in our community.  As a designated children's hospital, The Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital provides comprehensive medical and surgical pediatric care in more than 30 specialties, all integrated within a state-of-the-art child-and-family-focused facility.


Unique Facilities and Services

At the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital, the soothing, patient-focused environment embraces the needs of children from birth through adolescence and into young adulthood.  A modern facility with children’s play and family kitchen areas, it features private inpatient rooms with Internet access and flat-screen plasma televisions.  Parents are encouraged to take part in their children’s treatment and hospitalization and are welcome to stay overnight.  The Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital was planned in conjunction with The Deirdre Imus Environmental Center, and designed to be a "green" hospital.

The Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital offers the following specialties, services and programs: Audrey Hepburn Children's House; Audiology; Blood and Marrow Transplantation (the only one in New Jersey); Cardiology; Community CPR and First Aid Training; Child Life Services; Center for Pain and Palliative Care; Day Accommodation Suite; Dermatology; Gastroenterology and Nutrition; Genetics; Healthy Futures; Pediatric Weight Management; Hospitalists; Infectious Diseases; TravelKids; Inpatient Care Units: Institute for Child Development; Institute for Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders; JUDY Center for Down Syndrome; Molly Center for Children with Diabetes and Endocrine Disorders; Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU); Nephrology; Neurology; Otolaryngology (ENT); Pediatric Emergency Department; Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU); Pediatric Surgery; Pulmonology; Rheumatology; SIDS Center of New Jersey: Social Work; Sarkis & Siran Gabrellian Child Care and Learning Center; Steven and Richard Bader Immunological Institute.


Accreditations and Distinctions

A true children’s hospital must be designated as one.  The Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital is designated by the State of New Jersey as a children’s hospital.  It is also one of a select group designated a full institutional member of the of Children’s Hospital Association.  This designation honors the contributions of a dedicated team of  healthcare professionals, staff and volunteers who have made the children’s hospital a special place for children and their families for many years.  More significantly, this designation builds on that commitment of care for children that HackensackUMC has always provided.

The Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital is the only children's hospital in New Jersey to be ranked in Neurology and Neurosurgery in U.S. News & World Report's 2013-14 Best Children's Hospitals rankings.  Ranked 29th, it was the first hospital in New Jersey ever to be ranked in any Best Children's Hospitals specialty.

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Physician-in-Chief, Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital
Marvin I Gottlieb, MD Chair in Pediatrics

Jeffrey R. Boscamp, M.D.

Vice President
Maureen Keating

Vice Chairman
Stephen Percy, M.D.

Administrative Directors
Colleen Kearney, RN, MSN, APN, NE-BC
Linda Stanton, MBA, BSN, RN
Carol Weber, RN, BSN, MAS, NE-BC


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