Jersey Shore University Medical Center's Regional Trauma Center leads the way in traumatic brain injury practices

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Jersey Shore University Medical Center's Regional Trauma Center leads the way in traumatic brain injury practices

Jersey Shore selected as a founding member of the New Jersey Traumatic Brain Injury Community of Practice Program

Jersey Shore University Medical Center's Trauma Center is a founding member of the New Jersey Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Community of Practice (CoP) program. The new initiative represents a collaborative effort between the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Children's Safety Network (CSN) to share the state's best practices for the prevention of traumatic brain injury.

According to Adam Shiroff, M.D., FACS, chief of Trauma at Jersey Shore, "This partnership creates a unique opportunity to collaborate with injury prevention specialists across the nation, and enhances our culture of excellence. We will have access to cutting edge information, program development and potential funding sources, enabling Jersey Shore to provide the community with the best health care experience."

Fifteen states, including New Jersey, were chosen to participate in the program. Other founding members of the New Jersey CoP include the New Jersey Department of Health, the Brain Injury Association of New Jersey, Safe Kids New Jersey, and Weisman Children's Rehabilitation Hospital in Marlton, New Jersey. The new program commenced in October, and has organized various forums dedicated to all aspects of TBI prevention, such as data collection and registry systems, program development and evaluation, TBI surveillance systems, community and government advocacy, and sustainability. Over the next year, the New Jersey Traumatic Brain Injury Community of Practice Program will aim to identify funding sources and develop partnership opportunities and programs that will ultimately enhance care and education related to traumatic brain injury.

Jersey Shore's Trauma Center has been recognized by The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma as a Level II Trauma Center. This achievement, first received by Jersey Shore in 1991, distinguishes the hospital as the only Level II trauma center in Monmouth and Ocean counties, and reflects the trauma team's dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients.

About Jersey Shore University Medical Center:

Jersey Shore University Medical Center, a member of the Meridian Health family, is a not-for-profit teaching hospital and home to K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital - the first children's hospital in Monmouth and Ocean counties. Jersey Shore is the regional provider of cardiac surgery, a program which has been ranked among the best in the Northeast, and is home to the only trauma center and stroke rescue center in the region. Jersey Shore specializes in cardiovascular care, orthopedics and rehabilitation, cancer care, neuroscience, nerve surgery and women's specialty services. Through the hospital's clinical research program, and its affiliation with Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Jersey Shore serves as an academic center dedicated to advancing medical knowledge, training future physicians and providing the community with access to promising medical breakthroughs. For more information about Jersey Shore University Medical Center call 1-800-DOCTORS, or visit www.JerseyShoreUniversityMedicalCenter.com.