NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Your kid breaks an arm late Saturday night? Aside from a few tears, that’s no problem.
Saint Peter’s Children’s Hospital announced this week the launch of its pediatric orthopedic surgery program. The division, which began working in October, can treat kids with broken bones no matter the time or day, according to a press release.
“This service was really needed,” Bipin Patel, chair of pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital, said in a written statement. “We are very happy to provide this service to our patients and we can service area community hospitals that do not have these services as well.”
To get the program off the ground, the hospital hired two pediatric orthopedic surgery specialists: Alexandra Kondratyeva, who comes from Columbia University Medical Center in Manhattan, and Amie Kawashima, who comes from Shriner’s Hospital and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, according to the press release.
The surgeons treat a number of issues, from birth defects and deformities to traumatic injuries and spinal issues like scoliosis, according to the hospital.
Saint Peter’s plans to grow the program over the next year before hiring an additional pediatric orthopedic surgeon in 2017.
Hospital officials said the new division allows Saint Peter’s to offer medical care for all children’s health issues.
“A tremendous number of kids come in and out of the hospital and it was time to take a serious look at this and develop this division within our department,” Alfred Tria, interim chair of the orthopedic surgery department, said.