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Atlantic Health System Online Video Segments Seek to Demystify Palliative Care for Patients and Families
MORRISTOWN, NJ, JANUARY 2012 – As New Jersey and other states pursue new legislation to give patients and their loved ones more access to palliative care, those patients and caregivers can still be faced with many questions about these services – but thanks to a digital initiative by Atlantic Health System, the answers may now be right at their fingertips.
Visitors to atlantichealth.org can find answers to more than 200 questions relating to serious illness and end-of-life care, discussed in video segments by Karen M. Knops, MD, medical director, of the Palliative Care Program at Morristown Medical Center and assistant medical director for Atlantic Hospice.
This online video repository is a project that was initiated by a philanthropic donor and developed by Dr. Knops to be a resource available at any time for anyone seeking answers about palliative care. Dr. Knops spent a year compiling common questions asked by patients, and reviewed the answers with other palliative care experts affiliated with Duke and Harvard University, and Mount Sinai School of Medicine, as well as caregivers and people with chronic illness. The video programs have received excellent feedback from patients, families and clinicians.
“We created this online video archive to empower patients and families. If they see the questions on the site, they might feel more comfortable asking the questions of their own doctors,” Knops said. “The web page was designed to also be used by patients who are still getting treatment, not just as an ‘end-of-life’ resource.”
Each video runs for about minute or more in length, and includes a transcript, allowing visitors to read the information that they see and hear in the videos. The videos answer a range of questions, including:
“Caregivers, families and patients are often overwhelmed when talking to clinicians, so the site allows them to review information as many times as they like,” Knops said.
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.