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SIDS Center of New Jersey

 

Introduction

The Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Center of New Jersey (SCNJ) is a statewide program based at both the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at HackensackUMC and Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, in New Brunswick, NJ.
 
The program has three missions:
(1) bereavement support for New Jersey's families whose infants and toddlers have died suddenly and unexpectedly; (2) research into efforts to identify underlying causes;
(3) public health education to help reduce the risk of such deaths.
 
We work with parents, grandparents, physicians, nurses, the child care community, hospitals, first responders, schools, social service agencies, health and education programs and state, federal and national organizations to reduce infant mortality and the racial and ethnic disparities associated with it. The SCNJ maintains a statewide hotline (1-800-545-7437) which can be accessed 24 hours a day to address any questions, concerns and to refer families that could benefit from our no cost services.
 

 

Services

All referred families receive bereavement support through their first year of bereavement. No fee is charged. The SCNJ also provides families with programs for continued support beyond that time. Support is offered through the following services. Please click here to access our parent packet for support, resources, and information.
  • Telephone outreach
  • Home visits in person or virtually through Skype, etc.
  • Support groups with other bereaved parents: both online and in-person
  • 24-hour hotline support: 1-800 545-7437
  • Clergy support
  • Referral to local mental health services as needed.
  • Peer contact - pairing a newly bereaved family with a family who has experienced the devastation of losing an infant or toddler to sudden and unexplained death more than a year ago.
  • Speakers’ bureau: Coordinating parent presenters for community education and awareness events to share their personal experience.
  • Annual state-wide memorial services: we hold a memorial service in the summer, usually in July, and in the winter, usually in December. The services may include all members of the family including surviving and subsequent children.
  • Newsletter
  • Help in understanding a diagnosis.

 

Faculty

Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital
HackensackUMC
 
Harold Perl, M.D.
Co-Medical Director, SIDS Center of New Jersey; Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics; New Jersey Medical School Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack, NJ.
 
Alissa Sandler, MSW, LCSW
Section Chief, SIDS Center of New Jersey; Clinical Instructor of Pediatrics, Rutgers-RWJMS; Clinical Social Work Supervisor, Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital, Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack, NJ.
 
Lisa Capizzi, MSW, LCSW
Senior, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, SIDS Center of New Jersey, Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital, Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack, NJ. Adjunct Instructor, Rutgers RWJMS.
 
Jacqueline T. Nemeth, MSW, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, SIDS Center of New Jersey, Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital, Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack, NJ. Adjunct Instructor, Rutgers, RWJMS. 
 
Krystyna Toczylowski RN, MSN, BCLC
Clinical Nurse Speccialist, Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital, Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack, NJ.
 
 
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School,
a part of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
 
Thomas Hegyi, M.D.
Co-Medical Director, SIDS Center of New Jersey; Director, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program; Vice Chair and Professor of Pediatrics, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ
 
Barbara M. Ostfeld, Ph.D.
Program Director, SIDS Center of New Jersey; Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ.
 
Norma Lewis 
Program Assistant, SIDS Center of New Jersey, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ.
 
Rev. Ann B. Shamy, M.Div
Clergy, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ.
 

 

Helpful Links

 

Contact Us

The SCNJ maintains a statewide hotline (1-800-545-7437) which can be accessed 24 hours a day to address any questions, concerns and to refer families that could benefit from our no cost services.
 
 
 


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