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Becker’s Hospital Review Names Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at NJ’s Morristown and Overlook Medical Centers Among Best Oncology Programs in the U.S.
MORRISTOWN, NJ, FEBRUARY 2012 – Atlantic Health System’s Carol G. Simon Cancer Center, located at Morristown Medical Center and Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ was recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review as a top oncology program in the nation. Becker's Hospital Review features up-to-date business and legal news and analysis relating to hospitals and health systems across the country.
In January 2012, Becker's Hospital Review released "70 Hospitals with Great Oncology Programs," which included Atlantic Health System's Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at the top of the national list. According to Becker’s online, “These hospitals are on the cutting edge of cancer treatment, prevention and research, and the Becker's Hospital Review editorial team selected them based on clinical accolades, quality care and contributions to the field of oncology. They have demonstrated innovation in treatments and services, patient-centered care, and the achievement of clinical milestones and groundbreaking discoveries.”
Both Overlook and Morristown medical centers are accredited by The Joint Commission and is a Major Clinical Research Affiliate of The Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Atlantic Health System is the primary academic and clinical affiliate in New Jersey of Mount Sinai School of Medicine and The Mount Sinai Hospital.
Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at both campuses has earned 1) accreditation in radiation oncology by the American College of Radiology, 2) certification by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, and 3) recognition as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology.
Overlook Medical is the proud recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award and Three Year Approval with Commendation by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and is the only medical center in the tri-state region with a prostate navigate program for comprehensive treatment decision-making and planning and its Breast Center is a recipient of the Outreach Award from BMW and the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Morristown Medical is rated a Best Regional Hospital in nine specialties, including cancer, by U.S. News & World Report.
“We know we have an outstanding oncology program,” says Louis Schwartz, MD, of Short Hills, and chair of radiation oncology at Overlook Medical. “We devote our resources to research and patient care and invest heavily in groundbreaking technology. Our physicians, physicists and technologists are usually the first in the region to be trained in the use of new, specialized technology and, as a result, are the first ones to acquire computer software and machinery for high-tech cancer care beyond the research setting,” adds Dr. Schwartz.
The CyberKnife, magnetoencephalogram (MEG), and positron emission tomography (PET)/computed tomography (CT) are just a few examples of medical technology that came to Overlook Medical before any other institutions in New Jersey (PET/CT), the tri-state area (CyberKnife) or the east coast (MEG).
“The computed tomography scanner with linear accelerator (CT/LINAC), an image-guided radiation technology (IGRT), was invented by my colleague, Dr. Uematsu, in Japan and me,” says James Wong, MD, of Morristown, and chair of radiation oncology at Morristown Medical. “As a result, our hospital was the first in the world to have this type of image guided radiation. And now, we’re the only hospital in the Northeast U.S. to have RealART Real-Time Treatment Planning to enhance our arsenal of IGRT products,” adds Dr. Wong.
The patients of Carol G. Simon Cancer Center have access to research, technology and patient care services across both sites in Summit and Morristown. Learn more or call the physician referral line at 1-800-247-9580.
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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 No. 2 for stroke treatment 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.