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Newton Rotary Pledges $100K to 'IMAGINE' Campaign

Newton, NJ, May 2013 – The Newton Rotary Club has pledged $100,000 to support Newton Medical Center Foundation’s IMAGINE Capital Campaign, which will help further develop the hospital’s high-quality services.

The Rotary Club’s five-year pledge will help the IMAGINE Campaign which has a goal of $3 million. An anonymous donor has pledged an additional $1 million to the campaign if the Foundation achieves its goal. Rotary leaders announced the donation to fellow Newton Rotarians at the club’s weekly meeting on May 8.

“We’re honored by the generosity and commitment of the Newton community and this gracious gift by the Newton Rotary,” said Joseph DiPaolo, director of operations for Newton Medical Center, noting the new vision of Newton Medical’s parent organization, Atlantic Health System – empowering our communities to be the healthiest in the nation. “Our commitment to you is that we will be the best hospital possible.”

Referencing the campaign’s name, Rotary Club member George Morville, a trustee of the Newton Medical Center Foundation and chair of the IMAGINE campaign, asked fellow Rotarians to try to “imagine” whether the Newton club’s founders could have ever foreseen that their organization would include a great many leaders of the community whose generous support would be responsible for much of the hospital’s current development and success.

“You exemplify those folks who said, ‘Let’s start this Rotary Club,’” Morville said in thanks to his fellow Rotarians for their support of Newton Medical Center. “We’ve had our kids in that hospital. We’ve had our parents in that hospital. Every one of you has been a part of it and you should be very proud to be part of Newton Rotary.”

The donation is just the latest example of the Newton Rotary’s long history of support for Newton Medical Center. The club donated $150,000 in 2001 to renovate the hospital’s emergency department. Prior to that, the hospital renovated a nursing station thanks to a Rotary donation of $50,000.

The Newton Medical Center Foundation launched the IMAGINE Capital Campaign in February 2012 to support facility and technology upgrades to Newton Medical Center. These enhancements will enable the medical center to modernize the hospital and bring state-of-the-art equipment closer to home.

In addition to upgrading the hospital’s occupational and physical therapy capabilities, other capital campaign projects include: the hospital’s newly opened MRI suite, two new patient care units (with private rooms), two new CT scanners, an improved visitor entrance, a new lobby and a renovated pre-admission testing area.

Newton Medical Center was ranked by physicians as the top mid-sized hospital in the state for the second consecutive year among hospitals with 350 beds or fewer by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., one of the nation's most respected health care research and information companies. Newton Medical Center is also ranked first in this category for the treatment of congestive heart failure, strokes, hip and knee repair, high risk pregnancy, prostate and breast cancers, and neurological disorders. These rankings are published in Inside Jersey magazine’s April 2013 issue.

About Atlantic Health System
Atlantic Health System is one of the largest non-profit health care systems in New Jersey, comprised of Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center in Summit and Newton Medical Center. The three medical centers – all accredited by The Joint Commission – have a combined total of 1,308 licensed beds and more than 2,750 affiliated physicians providing a wide array of health care services to the residents of Northern and Central New Jersey. Specialty service areas include advanced cardiovascular care, pediatric medical and surgical specialties, neurology, orthopedics, and sports medicine. Each of these programs has earned top ratings and recognitions in their respective fields. Atlantic Health System is the official health care partner of the New York Jets and an official health care provider of the New Jersey Devils.

Morristown Medical Center’s Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute performs more heart surgeries than any other hospital in New York or New Jersey, and is one of 20 facilities across the country to perform catheter-based repair and replacement of valves on both sides of the heart. Atlantic Health System’s spine program – where surgeons perform more spine surgery than anywhere else in New Jersey – is 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. With the Atlantic Neuroscience Institute based at Overlook Medical Center, the hospital serves as the hub for the New Jersey Stroke Network, and serves about 40 percent of the state’s stroke patients. The system’s Goryeb Children’s Hospital offers more than 100 board-certified physicians in 20 pediatric specialties. Morristown Medical Center is verified as a Level I Regional Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons and designated a Level II by the state of New Jersey.

Atlantic Health System has been chosen for the past three consecutive years by FORTUNE® as one of the magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For®.” The organization has also been recognized four times by AARP as one of the “Best Employers for Workers over 50.” Inside Jersey magazine partnered with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. and ranked Morristown Medical Center as the No. 1 hospital in New Jersey and the No. 1 hospital for treatment of heart failure and coronary surgery in the state. The survey findings also establish Overlook as No.1 for the treatment of neurological disorders and stroke in NJ. Atlantic Health System is a Major Clinical Research Affiliate with The Cancer Institute of New Jersey and is an affiliate of The Mount Sinai Hospital and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Morristown Medical Center

100 Madison Avenue
Morristown, NJ 07960

Overlook Medical Center

99 Beauvoir Avenue
Summit, NJ 07901

Newton Medical Center

175 High Street
Newton, NJ 07860

Chilton Medical Center

97 West Parkway
Pompton Plains, NJ 07444

Hackettstown Medical Center

651 Willow Grove Street
Hackettstown, NJ 07840

Goryeb Children's Hospital

100 Madison Avenue
Morristown, NJ 07960

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