Morristown Medical Center

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Morristown Medical Center in Morristown, New Jersey was established in 1892.[1][2] It is part of the Atlantic Health System. With approximately 6,000 employees, it is Morristown's largest employer.

In a ruling issued in June 2015, Tax Court Judge Vito Bianco ruled that the hospital would be required to pay property taxes on nearly all of its 40-acre (16 ha) campus.[3]


Part of Atlantic Health System, Morristown Medical Center's specialties include cardiology and cardiac surgery, adult and pediatric oncology, orthopedics, critical and emergency care, inpatient rehabilitation, and neonatal intensive care services. Morristown Medical Center is also a Level I Trauma Center and a Level III Regional Perinatal Center.

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.[4]

Atlantic Health System's other New Jersey locations include Overlook Medical Center in Summit, Newton Medical Center in Newton, Chilton Medical Center in Pompton Plains, and the Goryeb Children's Hospital in Morristown. Atlantic Health System is the primary academic and clinical affiliate in New Jersey of Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Mount Sinai Health System.


As of 2018, Morristown Medical Center had:[5]

  • 6,153 employees
  • 2,253 physicians/providers
  • 207 medical residents
  • 735 licensed beds
  • 39,383 admissions
  • 4,494 births
  • 98,796 emergency visits
  • 567,469 outpatient visits


1898 Morristown Memorial Hospital Building donated by George Goelet Kip

In 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.[6] 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. In 1898 a new building for the hospital was donated by George Goelet Kip, named the Anna Margaret Home for Convalescents in honor of his late wife.[7] By the turn of the century, Morristown Memorial had an operating room, X-ray equipment, a pathology lab and an outpatient clinic.

The hospital hired Jennie A. Dean, its first female doctor, to run the pathology lab in 1913, a full seven years before American women had the right to vote. Her sister, Elvira Dean, was hired to run the X-ray department.

  • 1921 – The Outpatient Department opened its doors, a precursor 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 moved into a new facility on Madison Avenue. In the 1960s, the hospital doubled in size.
  • 1996 – Overlook and Morristown Memorial hospitals joined forces as Atlantic Health.
  • 2002 – Goryeb Children's Hospital opened adjacent to the Morristown Memorial Hospital campus.
  • 2008 – Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute opened.
  • 2009 – Morristown Memorial Hospital changed its name to Morristown Medical Center, part of Atlantic Health System.

Notable deaths[edit]


  1. ^ "Carter-Wallace". Encyclopedia of New Jersey. p. 540. Retrieved 2011-09-26.
  2. ^ Morristown Memorial Hospital: a century of caring, 1892–1992.
  3. ^ Darragh, Tim. "Morristown hospital loses property tax court case; judge says facility does not meet non-profit status", NJ Advance Media for, June 26, 2015. Accessed July 25, 2016. "Morristown Medical Center should pay property taxes on virtually all of its 40-acre property in town, a tax court judge ruled Friday in a decision closely watched by other hospitals across New Jersey.... The hospital, which employs 5,500 people, is the largest employer in Morristown."
  4. ^ "Going Green Atlantic Health becomes the official healthcare provider of the New York Jets". Overlook View. DHA Publications. Retrieved July 17, 2014.
  5. ^ "Morristown Medical Center Fact Sheet". Atlantic Health System. Retrieved August 24, 2019.
  6. ^ Rae, John W. (2002). Morristown: A Military Headquarters of the American Revolution. Great Britain: Arcadia Publishing. Retrieved July 17, 2014.
  7. ^ Journal of the Medical Society of New Jersey. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  8. ^ "Dr. F. T. van Beuren of Morristown, 67: Head for 10 Years of Memoria! Hospital Where He Died, Physician Since 1902. Ex-official at Columbia, He Served as Associate Dean of College of Physicians and Surgeons There, 1921-34", The New York Times, March 14, 1943.
  9. ^ "Rev. Dr. Powell, Author, 79, Dies. Retired Episcopal Clergyman, Former President of Hobart College, Was Noted Lecturer". New York Times. February 11, 1946. Retrieved 2010-03-05. Dr. Lyman Pierson Powell, retired Episcopal clergyman, author and one-time president of Hobart College, Geneva, NY, died this afternoon in Morristown, NJ [at] Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. His age was 79. His home was at 100 Hanover Road, this place. ...
  10. ^ "E. Bertram Mott, an Aide in Jersey". The New York Times, September 25, 1961. Accessed March 29, 2008.
  11. ^ "George Washington Jr. is Dead. Invented an Engraving Device". New York Times. December 27, 1966. Retrieved 2015-02-23. George Washington Jr., former treasurer of the now defunct George Washington Coffee Company and inventor of a photo-electric engraver, a device widely used by newspapers, died today at Morristown Memorial Hospital. He was 67 years old and lived at 10 Harter Road. ...
  12. ^ Pace, Eric (June 19, 1986). "Edward Cavanagh, Jr. Dies". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-03-25. Edward F. Cavanagh Jr., an innovative New York City Fire Commissioner and later a Deputy Mayor, died Tuesday in Morristown (N.J.) Memorial Hospital after suffering a stroke. He was 79 years old and lived in Boca Raton, Fla. When Mayor Robert F. Wagner, a close friend, named Mr. Cavanagh, ...
  13. ^ "Anne Homer Doerflinger. Fiction Writer, 87". The New York Times. May 21, 1995. Anne Homer Doerflinger, a writer whose stories appeared in numerous magazines, died on Tuesday at Morristown Memorial Hospital in New Jersey. She was 87 and lived in Convent Station, N.J. The cause was cancer, her family said. ...

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