Morristown Medical Center

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Morristown Medical Center
Atlantic Health System
Morristown Medical Center logo.svg
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FundingNon-profit hospital
Affiliated universityRobert Wood Johnson Medical School , Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Emergency departmentLevel II Trauma Center
WebsiteMorristown Medical Center Website

Morristown Medical Center (MMC) is a 693-bed[1] non-profit, tertiary, research and academic medical center located in Morristown, New Jersey, servicing northern New Jersey and the New York area. MMC is the region's only university-level academic medical center. The hospital is owned by the Atlantic Health System and is the flagship and largest hospital in the system. MMC is affiliated with the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School of Rutgers University,[2] Sidney Kimmel School of Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University,[3] St. George's University,[4] and the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine.[3] MMC is also an ACS designated level I trauma center[5][6] and has a rooftop helipad to handle medevac patients.[7] Attached to the medical center is the Goryeb Children's Hospital that treats infants, children, adolescents, and young adults up to the age of 21.[8]

The hospital was established in 1892.[9][10] With approximately 6,000 employees, it is Morristown's largest employer.


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.[11] 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.[12] 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.

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.[13]


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.[14]

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:[15]

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


The hospital ranked nationally in 3 specialties, high performing in 5 adult specialties and 10 procedures, and as the best hospital in New Jersey on the 2020-21 U.S. News & World Report. The three ranked specialties included #38 in cardiology, #32 in gynecology, and #28 in orthopedics. The high performing specialties included gastroenterology, geriatrics, nephrology, pulmonology, and urology.[16]

In 2020 the hospital received 8 Women's Choice Awards ranked as top 2% in bariatrics, top 6% in patient safety, top 1% in obstetrics, top 1% in heart care, top 2% in cancer care, top 8% in breast care, top 4% in stroke care, and best patient experience.[17]

Goryeb Children's Hospital[edit]

Goryeb Childrens Hospital
Goryeb Children's Logo.svg
TypeChildren's hospital
WebsiteGoryeb Children's

Goryeb Children's Hospital is a children's hospital attached directly to Morristown Medical Center and provides pediatric care from infancy to age 21.[18][19][8] The hospital has a wide range of pediatric specialties and subspecialties. In 2019 a new expanded Pediatric Intensive Care Unit with 15 beds opened to increase the number of pediatric critical cases the hospital could handle.[20] The hospital also boasts a 34-bed Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit dedicated to the care of newborns.[21] The PICU and the NICU are directly attached to several Ronald McDonald House sleeping rooms for parents and siblings.[22]


Services that are offered at Goryeb Children's Hospital include: Adolescent Medicine, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, General Pediatrics, Neonatology, Pediatric Allergies & Immunology, Pediatric Behavioral Health, Pediatric Brain Tumors, Pediatric Cardiology, Pediatric Craniofacial Services, Pediatric Critical Care, Pediatric Diabetes and Endocrinology, Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Pediatric Genetics, Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Pediatric Nephrology, Pediatric Neurology, Pediatric Neurosurgery, Pediatric Orthopedics, Pediatric Palliative Care, Pediatric Physiatry, Pediatric Physical Rehabilitation, Pediatric Pulmonology, Pediatric Rheumatology, Pediatric Surgery, and Pediatric Urology.[23]


In 2020, Goryeb Children's Hospital received two awards from the Women's Choice Awards hospital rankings; Best Children's Hospital and Best Pediatric Emergency Care.[24]

Notable deaths[edit]

The following list is arranged chronologically, based on date of death:


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  22. ^ "Pediatric Intensive Care Unit". Atlantic Health. Archived from the original on 2020-06-03. Retrieved 2020-01-20.
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  28. ^ "George Washington Jr. is Dead. Invented an Engraving Device". The New York Times. December 27, 1966. Archived from the original on 2018-03-12. 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.
  29. ^ Pace, Eric (June 19, 1986). "Edward Cavanagh, Jr. Dies". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 2015-05-05. 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.
  30. ^ "Anne Homer Doerflinger. Fiction Writer, 87". The New York Times. May 21, 1995. Archived from the original on March 1, 2019. Retrieved September 26, 2020. 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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