Press Release

For Immediate Release
Aug 1, 2012
Contact : Maureen Gillespie, Manager, Public Relations  
732-776-4166
mgillespie@meridianhealth.com

Child Passenger Safety – What Parents Should Know

Jersey Shore University Medical Center & New Jersey State Police partner to host monthly Car Seat Check Points  

Neptune, NJ - Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children between the ages of one and twelve in the United States. Experts agree that the best way to keep children safe in the car is to ensure that they are securely strapped into a seat appropriate for their age and size, and that the seat is installed properly. But with so many different types of seats available, how can a parent be sure they are choosing the best seat to protect their child? Every car seat comes with a manual that is a great source of information, but how do parents know if they have installed the seat correctly?

To answer these questions, the Trauma Center at Jersey Shore University Medical Center has partnered with the New Jersey State Police to host monthly Car Seat Check Points. On the first Tuesday of each month, nationally certified car seat technicians are available from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Jersey Shore to check that parents and caregivers have installed their car seat properly. The Car Seat Check Point Program, which began in 2011, is free to the public and has checked over 500 seat installations. “Almost all of the seats we check have some kind of installation error,” says Molly Berkowitz, RN, Trauma Injury Prevention Coordinator at Jersey Shore. “Many times it is minor, but we always explain the rationale behind our changes, and make sure that the parent or caregiver is comfortable with the new information.”

Jersey Shore’s Care Seat Check Point Program

Dates: first Tuesday of every month
Times: 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Jersey Shore University Medical Center, near the Amdur Ambulatory Care entrance
* No appointment necessary, simply bring the car seat!

For more information about the Car Seat Check Points program, please contact Molly Berkowitz, RN, MSN, Trauma Injury Prevention Coordinator at Jersey Shore University Medical Center at mberkowitz@meridianhealth.com or 732.776.4515.

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 University Medical Center specializes in cardiovascular care, orthopedics and rehabilitation, cancer care, neuroscience, and women’s specialty services. For more information on Jersey Shore University Medical Center call 1-800-DOCTORS, or visit www.JerseyShoreUniversityMedicalCenter.com.