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Hospitals Team Up to Assess Health Needs of Northwestern, Central NJ
APRIL 2012 – Eleven hospitals in northwestern and central New Jersey have teamed up to determine how to better fulfill the area’s health care needs, through an upcoming telephone survey to thousands of residents.
Beginning in April, randomly selected households primarily located in Morris, Sussex, Union, Passaic and Middlesex counties will be called to participate in a health assessment survey. The survey will seek participation of about 3,000 households. Households in some Somerset, Warren, Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Hunterdon County towns will also be included in the survey area.
The questions are designed to determine the status of health in areas throughout these counties, and identify opportunities for community health improvement. The survey is completely anonymous and confidential. Each household will be called at its home telephone number.
As part of the new federal health care reform law (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act), non-profit hospitals are required to perform a community health needs assessment every three years. Hospitals are then required to create a plan of action based on the results of the survey.
Earlier this year, Atlantic Health System, Saint Clare’s Health System, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway, Chilton Hospital and Trinitas Regional Medical Center formed the Community Health Alliance of Northwestern-Central New Jersey (CHANCe NJ) to undertake the survey, in recognition of their many neighboring communities.
What you need to know when the phone rings:
Additionally, residents may schedule a more convenient time to take the survey, and anyone in the area may call 1-800-218-6468 to participate. Calls will begin on April 1, 2012 and continue through June.
For more information about the members of the alliance, please visit them on the web:
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 the primary academic and clinical affiliate in New Jersey of Mount Sinai School of Medicine and The Mount Sinai Hospital.