Children’s Health Pulmonology | Hackensack Meridian Health   


Helping kids breathe easier

Our dedicated pediatric pulmonology specialists care for children with short-term and ongoing conditions of the lungs.

Inpatient and outpatient pulmonary services are available for the following conditions, including:
  • Asthma
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Chronic lung disease (including chronic lung disease of prematurity)
  • Primary ciliary dyskinesia
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Persistent cough, wheezing, shortness of breath, exercise intolerance
  • Recurrent pneumonia
  • Respiratory technology-dependent and oxygen-dependent children
  • Sleep disorders and related breathing problems

The Joseph M Sanzari Children’s hospital has achieved Joint Commission Disease Specific Certification in Pediatric Asthma Care . The Joint Commission certification is awarded to clinical programs that emphasize a consistent approach to patient care and a culture of excellence.

Flexible bronchoscopy

Flexible bronchoscopy may be used for the diagnosis and treatment of airway conditions. This procedure allows physicians to perform a direct visual examination of the child’s airways to help in making an accurate diagnosis.

A bronchoscopy may be performed for:

  • Abnormal chest X-ray
  • Airway obstruction or strictures (narrowed areas)
  • Bronchoalveolar lavage (injecting fluid through the bronchoscope) to collect specimens
  • Brush biopsy of airway
  • Collection of specimens, such as sputum
  • Inflammation and infections, such as those caused by bacteria, viruses, tuberculosis, or fungus
  • Persistent cough or hemoptysis (coughing up blood)

Community Outreach for Asthma Care and Health (COACH)

Our COACH team provides in-home assistance* to children who are insured through NJ FamilyCare/Medicaid or Charity Care, with the intent to reduce asthma triggers. We also provide education on managing your child’s asthma, including proper use of medication.

Home visitation program

Research shows that reducing asthma triggers in the home may decrease a child’s need for medications and increase symptom-free days. A Community Health Worker, with special asthma education training, will meet at your home to perform an assessment and discuss any possible asthma triggers, such as chemicals, cigarette smoke or pets.

The COACH team then partners with you, your child, and the pediatrician and pulmonologist to develop the best plan for managing your child’s asthma. Our goal is to decrease your child’s exposure to asthma triggers and provide an improved quality of life for the whole family.

*Please note this program is currently only available in Monmouth and Ocean counties.

Call 732-776-4097 to learn more about the COACH Program.

For More Information

Hackensack Meridian Health Rehabilitation Outpatient Therapy Center – Neptune
2100 Route 33, Suite 2, Neptune City, NJ 07753

Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center
30 Prospect Ave, Hackensack, NJ 07601

K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital at Jersey Shore University Medical Center
1945 Route 33, Neptune, NJ 07753

Justice Marie Garibaldi Medical Plaza
20 Prospect Avenue, Suite 402, Hackensack, NJ 07601

Mountainside Medical Center
One Bay Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042

Why Choose Hackensack Meridian Health

Children's Health

The division of Pulmonary Medicine at Hackensack University Medical Center has been repeatedly ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top pulmonary divisions in the Metropolitan Tri-State area and the expert team at Jersey Shore University Medical Center has received the High Performing Hospital Award for COPD by U.S. News & World Report.

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Our dedicated pediatric pulmonology specialists care for children with short-term and ongoing conditions of the lungs.

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