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MORRISTOWN, NJ JUNE 2012 – Goryeb Children's Hospital celebrated today the opening of The Lion's Den, a brand new playroom that emphasizes healing through interactivity and connectivity for Goryeb's adolescent and pre-teen patients. Through the brightly lit, colorful Lion’s Den, children have access to several XBOX-360 video games, personal computers, and a large monitor with video conference capability which allows them to connect with other Lion’s Dens around the world for special events and programs.
The Lion's Den at Goryeb was created and donated by proceeds from the Frozen Flashback Delbarton Hockey Team and the Companions in Courage Foundation, founded by NHL Hall of Famer Pat LaFontaine, as a way to connect hospitalized children with their families, friends, and heroes. Features in the Lion’s Den make it possible for patients to communicate with anyone from grandparents to teachers to friends around the world or around the corner.
“Goryeb Children’s Hospital has deep meaning for so many of the Frozen Flashback organizers and players. We are incredibly grateful to the Frozen Flashback players and to the Companions in Courage Foundation for their continued commitment to the Goryeb Children’s Hospital,” said Walter Rosenfeld, MD, chair of pediatrics, Goryeb Children’s Hospital. “The Lion’s Den offers a unique opportunity for our patients to connect with their friends and family and find comfort in virtually meeting other pediatric patients around the country.”
In 1989, the New Jersey Hockey State Championship between Delbarton School in Morristown and St. Joseph Regional High School of Montvale was canceled due to a measles outbreak, resulting with the two teams being named co-state champions. In April 2010, after 21 years, the Frozen Flashback "Greatest Hockey Game Never Played" finally took place at Mennen Arena in Morristown, as both teams assembled their original rosters and decided to finally play the game. Players and coaches from both teams traveled from across the country to battle it out one last time for a tremendous cause, as a portion of the proceeds benefited the new Lion's Den playroom.
“The Frozen Flashback Delbarton Hockey team players and coaches have a special connection to Morristown Medical Center and the Goryeb Children’s Hospital,” said James Olsen of the Frozen Flashback Delbarton Hockey Team. “This is our hometown hospital. Many of us have been receiving care here for many years, and more recently many of us bring our children to Goryeb. We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with the NHL and Companions in Courage to construct this great space for the children. The Lion's Den represents a unique local legacy for the Frozen Flashback participants and we are thrilled to part of it.”
Companions in Courage
"We are so pleased that the NHL's Hockey Fights Cancer initiative brought us together with James Olsen and the guys from Frozen Flashback," said Pat LaFontaine, Hall of Fame hockey player and founder, Companions in Courage Foundation. "This is a wonderful way for the children at Goryeb to benefit from a great hockey story that was more than two decades in the making."
The Lion’s Den also has led to the creation of another playroom in Goryeb. Geared for younger patients, the room was brought to fruition by a $30,000 donation by the Spinnaker Foundation, Inc., on behalf of the Jennifer L. and Derek T. Malmberg family. Other donors to the Atrium Playroom include Kids4Kids, the youth philanthropy group for the Goryeb Children's Hospital. The group donated $5,000 of proceeds from the annual Family Fun day carnival. Situated in an open solarium, the Atrium Playroom’s bright space is conducive to creative and traditional play.
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.