Utilizing education, outreach, and support services, the Molly Center’s mission is to provide cutting-edge medical treatment while striving to meet the emotional needs of patients and their families. The Molly Center is committed to ensuring a smooth transition of disease management for the pediatric patient -- from infancy to adulthood.
The Endocrinology and Diabetes program at The Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital provides long-term care for children and teens with diabetes and other endocrine system disorders. We believe in providing the best care possible for your child, while helping caregivers understand and manage their child’s condition. Our team includes board certified pediatric endocrinologists, advanced practice nurses, registered nurses, certified diabetes educators, registered dietitians and licensed clinical social workers. We work closely with you and your child’s primary care doctor to help your child thrive.
At the Molly Center, we believe that diabetes affects the whole family, and we utilize a team approach to diabetes management. Children and adolescents with diabetes need specialized medical care to stay healthy and to avoid complications. We provide patients and their families with the most up-to-date treatment options and the best methods of management. Our mission is to help each child with diabetes and their family to live a full and satisfying life and to reach the goals they had before diabetes came into their lives.
In addition to state-of-the-art medical care, parents and their families participate in no-cost education and support groups in our “After School at Molly’s” program. This unique program provides valuable information and support to children and their families within a fun and positive atmosphere. Families participate in lectures that include practical tools for diabetes management, fitness, and understanding family dynamics. Children and parents also connect with other families affected by diabetes, and have opportunities to participate in social events and Molly holiday parties.
Our diabetes services include:
individual and family counseling aimed at enhancing, coping, and adaptation
support groups for children and parents
Transitioning from Pediatric Care to Adult Care
The transition from the pediatric to the adult world can be difficult for young people with diabetes. This has been recognized among specialists in diabetes care for a long time. In order to ease the transition of a child or adolescent into the adult who is expected to be responsible for all aspects of his or her health care we offer a special program here at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center.
Adolescents who are ready to transition are being encouraged to attend visits to the MOLLY Center for Children with Diabetes and Endocrine Disorders where they are seen by both pediatric and adult practitioners. Physicians, advanced practice nurses, registered nurses and registered dietitians who are certified diabetes educators are available. Patients receive assistance for the social and emotional aspects of diabetes from our social worker(s). Additionally, each patient is assessed for their readiness to move on to the adult world of health care.
Hackensack University Medical Center has a number of adult endocrinologists and diabetologists who can continue the same level of care started in the MOLLY Center for Children with Diabetes and Endocrine Disorders.
For more information on the transition program, you can call 551-996-5329.
We care for children and teens with a broad range of endocrine disorders, including:
Calcium and phosphorus disorders
Type 1 diabetes
Type 2 diabetes
Growth hormone deficiency and growth disorders
Disorders of puberty
Preparing for your visit
In order for you and your family be better prepared for our visit please ensure that you bring copies of the following paperwork to your appointment.
Most recent blood work
Bone Age (if completed)
New patient Packet completed
New patient Packet
Healthy Futures, a 12 week program for boys and girls ages 8-18. This comprehensive program addresses topics such as emotional and social eating, self-esteem, coping with social pressures, and learning to make healthy food choices. Our goal is to improve physical and emotional well-being in our participants in a fun and supportive atmosphere.
Healthy Futures Provides:
Family and individual session with a registered dietitians
Evaluation and tailored exercise instruction with physical therapists
Behavioral therapy with a licensed clinical psychologist and child life specialist
access to Pediatric sub-specialists who can address medical needs as indicated
For more information call our hotline at:
Section Chief J
Javier Aisenberg, M.D.
Jennifer Sivitz, MD
Advanced Practice Nurse
Amy Chartoff, R.N., APN, C, CDE
Rachel Rothenberg, R.N., BSN, MAS