Press Release

For Immediate Release
Dec 11, 2009
Contact : Robert Cavanaugh  
732-776-4166
rcavanaugh@meridianhealth.com

Dr. Steven Kairys Of K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital, To Speak At The National Initiative For Children’s Healthcare Quality’s Annual Forum For Improving Children’s Healthcare and Childhood Obesity Congress

This year’s Forum will be held March 8-11, Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia   

Neptune, NJ - The National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ) today announced that Steven Kairys, M.D., chairman of pediatrics, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital at Jersey Shore University Medical Center has been chosen to speak at NICHQ’s 2010 Annual Forum for Improving Children’s Healthcare and Childhood Obesity Congress. This year’s forum will be held from March 8-11, at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Annual Forum for Improving Children’s Healthcare and Childhood Obesity Congress will bring together hundreds of healthcare professionals of all disciplines to improve children’s healthcare quality. Sessions will cover:Patient Safety, Childhood Obesity, Chronic Conditions, Quality Improvement-linked to finance, advocacy and equity in care, and Health IT.

Dr. Kairys, a newly elected board member for NICHQ will present Practicing Safety- The prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect alongside notable healthcare leaders including David L. Katz MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP, Director and Founder of Yale University's Prevention Research Center; Daniel Salinas MD, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta; and Lisa Simpson MB, BCh, MPH, FAAP, Director, Child Policy Research Center, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.“We’re thrilled to have such an impressive line-up of speakers present at our 2010 Annual Forum and Childhood Obesity Congress,” said Charles J. Homer MD, MPH, president and chief executive officer at NICHQ. “The Forum represents the most promising work being done in children's healthcare quality today and these presentations will contribute greatly to the value for attendees.”

About K, Hovnanian Children’s Hospital at Jersey Shore University Medical Center

Jersey Shore University Medical Center, a member of the Meridian Health family, is a not-for-profit university teaching and home to the 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 nationally-designated stroke center in the region. Jersey Shore University Medical Center specializes in cardiac care and surgery, orthopedics and rehabilitation, cancer care, and advanced women’s and children’s health services. For more information about K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital, please visit www.khovnanianchildrenshospital.com

About NICHQ

Founded in 1999, the National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ) is an action-oriented organization dedicated to achieving a world in which all children receive the healthcare they need. Led by experienced pediatric healthcare professionals, NICHQ’s mission is to improve children’s health by improving the systems responsible for the delivery of children’s healthcare. For more information, visit www.nichq.org.