Chilton Memorial Hospital

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Chilton Medical Center
Geography
Location Pompton Plains, New Jersey, USA
Organisation
Affiliated university Atlantic Health System
Services
Emergency department

Community Perinatal Center

Primary Stroke Center
Beds 260
History
Founded 1947
Links
Website www.chiltonhealth.org

Chilton Medical Center is a non-profit community hospital in Pompton Plains, New Jersey. Located at 97 West Parkway, it is the only hospital serving the Pequannock Township area.

History[edit]

"Old Chilton"[edit]

In 1947, Forrest S. Chilton, Jr., M. D. and his wife, Elizabeth, a registered nurse, donated land located on Newark-Pompton Turnpike with the vision of building a hospital. At the time, Chilton was the only doctor in the area and was operating a maternity ward in his home's attic.

For seven years, Chilton raised the needed funds from the community and patients by soliciting donations door to door, via a contribution jar in his office and contributing from his own income. In 1954, the facility opened with fifty beds, named in honor of Chilton's son in honor of his son, Forrest S. Chilton III, who died in World War II.[1]

In 1961, it was expanded to a 119-bed facility.[2]

Some people who remember or were born in the Newark-Pompton Turnpike building, which has since been turned into condominiums, affectionately refer to the original location by the nickname "The Old Chilton."[3][4]

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter was born at "Old Chilton" on June 16, 1974.[5]

Second Facility[edit]

On November 20, 1971[2] a second facility was dedicated on West Parkway, where Chilton Medical Center still operates today.

Both buildings were used concurrently until 1984

The current facility on West Parkway houses 260 beds.

Mobile Intensive Care Unit (MICU)[edit]

Chilton Medical Center operates two advanced life support paramedic units and two 911 basic life support ambulances. ALS 901 operates 24 hours a day and is stationed out of the hospital. ALS 902 operates from 7AM-7PM 7 days a week and is stationed in West Milford, NJ. BLS 931 and BLS 932 operate from 7AM-7PM Monday through Friday and are stationed at the hospital. Chilton MICU's 187 square miles of primary coverage represents the largest response area in the MICCOM consortium, with the department responding to over 5,000 calls per year.

References[edit]

Coordinates: 40°57′32″N 74°18′37″W / 40.9588°N 74.3102°W / 40.9588; -74.3102