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Goryeb Children's Hospital Opens the Farris Family Center for Advanced Medicine in Pediatrics

Morristown, NJ, June 2013 – Goryeb Children’s Hospital in Morristown, NJ, announced today the opening of the Farris Family Center for Advanced Medicine in Pediatrics, which offers a new approach to treating childhood disease. The only one of its kind in the state, CAMP will offer highly specialized care for pediatric patients with complicated illnesses, providing both diagnostic and therapeutic interventions.

Located in a medical building adjacent to the Goryeb Children’s Hospital, CAMP patients will benefit by receiving comprehensive care under one roof from medical experts who span numerous disciplines. A behavioral health component is also part of CAMP care with a psychologist, social worker, and psychiatrist on board to help manage a patient’s psycho-social challenges, including the adjustment issues that affect both families and patients who struggle with chronic disease.

“Most centers for advanced medicine are for adult patient populations,” said Walter D. Rosenfeld, MD, chair of pediatrics, Goryeb Children’s Hospital, part of Atlantic Health System. “The Farris Family Center for Advanced Medicine in Pediatrics is the only center of its kind in the state, and addresses all aspects of a child’s complex disease – from social issues to family support to long-term care – and does so while maintaining a warm, family-focused environment. All of our CAMP patients will be cared for in a way that we would want our own children and families to be cared for.”

The main areas of CAMP include:

  • Inflammatory Disease Center
    This center clusters together distinct childhood illnesses, such as inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis), juvenile arthritis, recurrent fever syndromes and lupus, among others, that all have a common link – inflammation. By grouping them together, the care team will have a collaborative, multidisciplinary environment to encourage the development of the most effective, efficient, and state of the art diagnostic methods and offer cutting edge treatments as well as clinical trials for their patients.

  • Long-term Follow-Up Program for Pediatric Oncology
    So many advances have been made in the treatment of childhood cancers that more children are surviving cancer now than ever before. However, these strides have created their own challenges. Through the new program, these children will be tracked to quickly diagnose and treat any subsequent issues that develop either as a result of the cancer itself or the treatment. The Long-Term Follow-Up Care program will help to identify and respond to a number of issues, including problems with growth, heart, or cognitive and neurological functions. This program also will help oncology physicians discover potential ways to reduce side effects while not diminishing the effectiveness of the cancer-fighting treatments.

  • Multidisciplinary Programs
    This area provides space for physicians and staff from multiple disciplines to evaluate a child with a complex problem, such as a craniofacial deformity or issues that arise as a result of cerebral palsy. The space allows families to meet with multiple members of the care team to partner in providing the best possible treatment plan. Multidisciplinary programs include the craniofacial center, spasticity and gait disorders, aerodigestive, and speech and language.

The largest part of CAMP, the Inflammatory Disease Center will include an infusion center, physicians’ offices and an outdoor healing garden, where patients can relax during their regularly scheduled infusion appointments. The exam rooms will have areas with couches nearby where physicians and staff can discuss news and treatment plans with families in a private, relaxed setting.

“Because we are grouping disorders together that have the common link of inflammation, we will be able make new inroads in research, diagnoses and treatment that assure the highest level of family-centered quality care,” said Joel Rosh, MD, director of pediatric gastroenterology, who will also oversee the new Inflammatory Disease Center. “CAMP offers a central location where patients with overlapping symptoms are seen by teams working side by side, collaborating and learning from one another to improve outcomes and bring the very best care to our patients and families.”

With a leadership gift from David and Jill Farris, the Foundation for Morristown Medical Center worked with the community to raise more than $3.1 million to support CAMP. Other CAMP supporters include The Women’s Association of Morristown Medical Center, the Estate of Marge Goryeb, Chris and Linda Baldwin, and The Tina and Richard V. Carolan Foundation. With a goal of $4.26 million, fund raising efforts are ongoing for CAMP.

About Goryeb Children’s Hospital
Goryeb Children’s Hospital is a state-designated “Children’s Hospital,” an earned recognition from the national Children’s Hospital Association and the State of New Jersey for institutions with multiple pediatric specialties including a pediatric emergency department, pediatric intensive care unit and regional perinatal center. Currently, more than 100 board certified pediatric specialists at Goryeb provide care to patients at multiple locations throughout the state. In addition, Goryeb has more than 250 community pediatricians on staff. Goryeb actively participates in physician training programs and clinical research to help train the next generation of physicians and advance the cutting edge of pediatric care. There is also a wide range of community support and education programs available to children and their families from surrounding areas.

The physicians and staff at Goryeb subscribe to a patient- and family-centered philosophy of care, partnering together with families to generate the best possible outcomes for the children receiving treatment. Every patient that enters Goryeb – from fragile newborn to 21-year-old young adult – receives a unique and customized plan of care, specific to that individual’s needs, preferences and values. Families and caregivers are then educated, supported and empowered to make informed decisions about their child’s care and to cope confidently with their child’s condition or illness.

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 an affiliate of The Mount Sinai Hospital and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

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