Newton Memorial Hospital Joins Morristown Memorial Hospital and Overlook Hospital Under Atlantic Health Umbrella
MORRISTOWN, NJ MARCH 2011 – Today, the merger agreement between Atlantic Health and Newton Memorial was officially approved, paving the way for the incorporation of the Sussex County hospital into the Morristown-based hospital system. Atlantic Health, one of the largest not-for-profit health care systems in New Jersey, currently owns and operates Overlook Hospital in Summit, NJ and Morristown Memorial.
“The unification of Atlantic Health and Newton Memorial presents tremendous benefits, first and foremost, to patients in the region,” said Joseph A. Trunfio, president and CEO of Atlantic Health. “This partnership expands our health care footprint and better positions our hospitals to deliver the highest quality care and services to even more members of the community.”
Through this merger, Newton Memorial patients will benefit from Atlantic Health’s marquis services – from leading stroke and neurosciences care at the Atlantic Neuroscience Institute at Overlook Hospital, to cutting edge cardiac care at Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute at Morristown Memorial. Working together also helps lower administrative and operational health care costs, including the sharing of health information technology and electronic medical records.
“Atlantic Health shares our commitment to improving the health status of the communities we serve,” said Tom Senker, president of Newton Memorial. “We look forward to creating additional synergies throughout this partnership to provide a greater breadth of health care services to our patients.”
The two health care providers have collaborated in several areas for years through the patient transfer system, in which cardiovascular, neuroscience and neonatal care patients have successfully received transfer care between Newton and Atlantic Health.
Additional benefits to patients will include broader access to pediatric and specialty care, clinical trials, advanced protocols for emergent care and a strengthened primary care network, making it easier to cope with the increased demand for services that health care reform is expected to generate.
Under the new arrangement, Senker serves as president of Newton Memorial and holds an officer position at Atlantic Health. Newton Memorial, a community based medical facility serving residents of Sussex and Warren Counties in NJ, Pike County in PA, and Southern Orange County in NY for 78 years, has 146 licensed beds, more than 1,100 dedicated employees, and typically treats about 33,000 people in its emergency department each year.
About Atlantic Health
Atlantic Health is one of the largest non-profit health care systems in New Jersey and includes Morristown Memorial, Overlook Hospital in Summit and Newton Memorial. The three hospitals 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 services include cardiovascular care, neurosciences, pediatrics, cancer care; orthopedics, diabetes care, gastroenterology, trauma and emergency medicine, behavioral health, minimally invasive surgery, radiology and advanced diagnostics, women’s health and maternal fetal medicine, home and hospice care and rehabilitation services. Atlantic Health is a Major Clinical Research Affiliate with The Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Atlantic Health’s hospitals are accredited by The Joint Commission.
Atlantic Health has been chosen for the past three consecutive years by FORTUNE® as one of the magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For®.” Atlantic Health has also been recognized four times by AARP as one of the organization’s “Best Employers for Workers over 50.” Atlantic Health was recently named among the top 250 innovative business technology organizations throughout the country by InformationWeek magazine and one of “Health Care’s Most Wired Organizations of 2010” by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine, the journal of the American Hospital Association.