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Advanced Care Planning Program at Newton Medical Center

NEWTON, NJ, APRIL 2012 – All community members are invited to a free program about Advanced Care Planning scheduled for April 18 at Newton Medical Center.

There are two events scheduled on April 18:

  • 3:00 to 5:00pm: General information about Advanced Care Directives will be available in the Newton Medical Center lobby. Stop in to pick-up information and to ask general questions.

  • 7:00 to 8:00pm: A panel discussion and program will be held in the Newton Medical Center surgical waiting room, adjacent to the main lobby.

“In recognition of National Healthcare Decisions Day, Newton Medical Center is hosting an interactive discussion about the tough decisions families have to make about a loved-one’s health care, in hopes that fewer families and health care providers will have to struggle with making these difficult health care decisions in the absence of guidance from the patient. The purpose of the program at Newton Medical Center is to help families and health care providers be better equipped to address advance health care planning issues before a crisis and be better able to honor patient wishes when the time comes to do so,” said Randy Parks, chaplain at Newton Medical Center.

Panelists for the evening program include:

  • Nancy Reading, Esq, partner at Benz and Reading Law Firm, Newton
  • Father Pat Rice, pastor/priest, Blessed Kateri Catholic Church, Sparta
  • Tim Brady, lead social worker, Newton Medical Center
  • Paul Owens, MD, medical director, chief administrator, Newton Medical Center
  • Randy Parks, chaplain, Newton Medical Center

The evening program also includes a special showing of the video Anna’s Story as presented by the nursing staff of Newton Medical Center.

Light refreshments will be served at both events. To reserve your seat for the free evening presentation, please call 973-579-8340.

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.

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  • Newton Medical Center
  • 175 High Street
  • Newton, NJ 07860
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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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Atlantic Medical Group

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