Morristown Medical Center
Part of Atlantic Health System, Morristown Medical Center is a non-profit 687-licensed bed hospital in Morristown, New Jersey. Accredited by the Joint Commission, the hospital was recognized by U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals 2014-15 as a top hospital nationwide for Cardiology and Heart Surgery, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Orthopedics and Pulmonology. U.S. News also recognizes hospitals that represent valuable regional sources of quality care. Morristown Medical Center ranked high-performing regionally in Cancer, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Gastroenterology & GI surgery, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery and Urology.
Morristown Medical Center's specialties include cardiology and cardiac surgery, adult and pediatric oncology, orthopedics, critical and emergency care and inpatient rehabilitation and neonatal intensive care services. Morristown Medical Center is also a Level II Regional Trauma Center and a Level III Regional Perinatal Center.
The Department of Orthopedics was recently recognized as number one in the State of New Jersey by an independent hospital evaluation firm. Morristown Medical Center’s Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute performs more cardiac surgeries than any other hospital in New Jersey, placing its cardiac program in the top two percent in the country. Morristown Medical Center has achieved Magnet® recognition for a fourth consecutive time as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care. Magnet recognition is determined by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program, which ensures that rigorous standards for nursing excellence are met. Only seven percent of hospitals worldwide receive the designation, and of those, less than one percent has received it four times.
Morristown Medical Center is the official hospital of the New York Jets football team. The Atlantic Health Jets Training Center in Florham Park, NJ, is the corporate headquarters for the team franchise. The campus includes a 120,000-square-foot structure to house indoor training facilities and classrooms; and an 86,000-square-foot field house where Jets players practice on a full-size, indoor, artificial turf field.
Atlantic Health System also includes Overlook Medical Center in Summit, New Jersey, Newton Medical Center, in Newton, New Jersey, Chilton Medical Center in Pompton Plains, New Jersey and the Goryeb Children's Hospital in Morristown, New Jersey. Atlantic Health System is the primary academic and clinical affiliate in New Jersey of Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Mount Sinai Hospital.
- 5,940 employees
- 1,415 physicians
- 192 medical residents
- 687 licensed beds
- 39,886 admissions
- 4,254 births
- 83,440 emergency visits
- 362,910 outpatient visits
Awards and Recognitions
- Best Hospital in five specialties, including cardiology and heart surgery, geriatrics, orthopedics, pulmonology and gynecology: U.S. News & World Report
- Best Regional Hospital in Cancer, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Gastroenterology & GI surgery, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery and Urology: U.S. News & World Report
- Beacon of Safety Award: New Jersey State Safety Council
- National Medal of Honor for Organ Donation: US Department of Health and Human Services
- Top Hospital in New Jersey: Inside Jersey magazine partnered with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.
- Magnet Hospital for Excellence in Nursing Service
- Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission, achieving Disease-Specific Care Certification for cervical and lumbar spine treatments
- Hospital of the Year: 2013 NJBIZ Healthcare Heroes Awards
- Certified as Level I Regional Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons and designated a Level II by the state of New Jersey.
- Level III Regional Perinatal Center: New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services
- One of just 13 hospitals across the country that has received the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission, achieving Disease-Specific Care Certification for cervical and lumbar spine treatments
Key Services and Certifications
- Specialties include: all areas of cardiovascular medicine, including largest volume of open heart surgeries in NJ; oncology; trauma; orthopedics; Goryeb Children’s Hospital shares campus
- First health care system in New Jersey to implement PatientSecure palm scanning technology
- One of four hospitals in New Jersey to be named Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality
- 24/7 visiting hours
- Patient- and family-centered care initiatives
Cardiac Services at Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute
The Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute at Morristown Medical Center, part of Atlantic Health System, recently celebrated its 25th anniversary of performing cardiac surgery and interventional cardiology. Morristown Medical Center’s Department of Cardiovascular Medicine encompasses the largest cardiovascular surgical program in New Jersey, with over 1,400 surgeries in 2013, and has nationally-recognized expertise in each of cardiology’s major disciplines. A state-of-the-art, five-story, 230,000 square-foot building situated on the Morristown Medical Center campus, Gagnon is dedicated to meeting the challenges of adult heart and vascular diseases. It includes eight operating rooms (two hybrid), five catheterization labs, three electrophysiology labs and advanced non-invasive imaging capability. The cardiac rhythm management program at Morristown Medical Center remains at the forefront of established and investigative approaches to the evaluation and management of the most complex abnormal heart disturbances. The cardiac electrophysiologists perform more than 2,000 procedures annually.
In addition to performing more open heart surgeries than any other hospital in New Jersey, Morristown Medical Center has proved itself as a top destination for cardiovascular care in the state and in the New York metropolitan area. The Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute at Morristown Medical Center is the only hospital in New Jersey and one of just 20 across the country to offer three minimally-invasive treatment options for heart valve repair and replacement for patients who are ineligible to undergo open heart surgery. The hospital also has been selected as one of 60 hospitals in the country to participate in a new trial that could potentially permanently lower blood pressure for patients with chronic hypertension.
Carol G. Simon Cancer Center
Located at both Morristown and Overlook medical centers, Atlantic Health System’s Carol G. Simon Cancer Center represents the use of cutting-edge research and technology to provide comprehensive treatment of all types of cancer. Recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review as a top oncology program in the nation, the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center is recognized for its innovations in cancer treatment, prevention and research. Among the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center’s accolades is certification by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, in addition to its accreditation in Radiation Oncology and recognition as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, both by the American College of Radiology by the American College of Radiology. Extensive clinical and technological advancements of the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center have earned Morristown Medical Center the rating of “Best Regional Hospital” by US News & World Report in cancer. Its use of pioneering medical technology includes the Cyberknife, MEG, PET/CT, and CT/LINAC, to name a few, which were in use at the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center before any other institution in New Jersey.
Atlantic Rehabilitation Institute
The Atlantic Rehabilitation Institute is a 78-bed comprehensive patient care facility that encompasses the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit, Subacute Unite, and Outpatient Services. The institute provides care for physically challenged individuals through the use of medical, functional, educational, social and vocational services. The interdisciplinary medical team, which consists of physiatrists, physical and occupational therapists, nurse practitioners, dieticians, internists, speech pathologists, and social workers, enlists goal-oriented treatment to enable patients to return to a fully productive lifestyle. Medical conditions addressed by the Atlantic Rehabilitation Institute may include stroke, major trauma, neurological disorders, amputation, orthopedic, spinal cord injuries, wound care, polyarthritis, and hip fractures.
1889 - Myra Brookfield bequeathed her home and property for the purpose of establishing a hospital. She stipulated that the community-at-large raise $15,000 to buy equipment and hire staff within three years of her death. In 1893, the house was too small for the hospital, so it was sold and the profits were put toward the purchase of a bigger facility – a former parsonage in downtown Morristown, used as a makeshift hospital by George Washington more than 100 years earlier. Morristown Memorial Hospital opened its doors on October 17, 1893. Early on, the hospital established an isolation unit for patients with contagious diseases. As large-scale epidemics were a fact of life in 19th century America, that ward helped to slow or prevent the spread of dangerous diseases in the community. By the turn of the century, Morristown Memorial had an operating room, X-ray equipment, a pathology lab and an outpatient clinic. Early milestones - Morristown Memorial hired Dr. Jennie A. Dean, its first female doctor, to run the hospital’s pathological laboratory in 1913—a full seven years before American women had the right to vote. Her sister, Dr. Elvira Dean, was hired to run its x-ray department.
- 1921 - The Outpatient Department opens its doors, a pre-cursor to today’s Emergency Department (although the hospital didn’t replace its horse-drawn ambulance with a motorized one until 1924).
- 1938 - The hospital established a tumor section to study and treat cancer; that same year radium therapy was introduced.
- 1952 - Morristown Memorial moves into a new facility on Madison Avenue. In the 1960s, the hospital doubles in size.
- 1996 - Overlook and Morristown Memorial hospitals join forces as Atlantic Health
- 2002 - Goryeb Children's Hospital opens adjacent to the Morristown Memorial Hospital campus.
- 2008 - Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute opens.
- 2009 - Morristown Memorial Hospital changes name to Morristown Medical Center, part of Atlantic Health System.
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