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Morristown Medical Center Opens Expanded Trauma Unit, Emergency Department

MORRISTOWN, NJ September 13, 2011 – Morristown Medical Center, part of Atlantic Health System, announced today the opening of the Luciano Family Trauma and Acute Care Center, a unit designed to care for critically ill patients. The expanded trauma center and critical care unit is part of a five-phase expansion and renovation project of the Emergency Department to nearly double its total size.

The new 13,000-square-foot unit includes 15 private rooms, three connected trauma rooms, and a new computed tomography ( CT) machine that depicts the sharpest images for diagnosis. The addition of this new area will allow reconstruction of Morristown Medical Center's existing adult Emergency Department over the next two years, which was last renovated in 1993 to serve 50,000 patients each year. The hospital's emergency physicians now see more than 80,000 patients.

When all construction is complete, the Emergency Department will nearly double in size to 49,000 square feet and have the capability of treating 100,000 patients annually. All patient rooms in the Emergency Department will be private.

“No one wants to think about the possibility of needing emergency, life-saving care,” said Louis DiFazio, MD, director, Surgical Critical Care/Trauma, Morristown Medical. “But when the unthinkable happens, our state-of-the-art facility now reflects the level of expertise of our physicians and staff to evaluate, diagnose, and treat critical patients in an environment that also supports their families.”

Morristown Medical 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. The modernized department offers private exam and trauma rooms, centralized nursing stations, and observation units for continuous patient monitoring.

In addition to trauma, Morristown Medical's Emergency Department handles complex orthopedic cases, advanced care for cardiac patients, and comprehensive stroke and concussion care for acute neurological trauma and mild traumatic brain injuries.

“The closest hospital may not be the best one for a patient's situation, so patients in need of emergent, critical services come to us by land and by air,” said Mark Mandell, MD, medical director, Emergency Department, Morristown Medical. “We offer 24/7 services with highly-skilled staff that includes board-certified physicians, specialized care nurses, residents and technicians, all with extensive training in emergency medicine and in specialty areas such as sports medicine, orthopedics, brain injuries, and cardiac care.”

Children also have 24-hour access to expert pediatric care, as more than 20,000 children each year visit Morristown Medical's Gagnon Children’s Emergency Department for treatment of illnesses and injuries in a family-centered environment. Part of the Goryeb Children's Hospital, the Gagnon Children’s Emergency Department has more than 100 pediatric specialists, including three pediatric surgeons specially trained in caring for infant, child, and adolescent emergencies.

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.

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  • Morristown Medical Center
  • Atlantic Health System
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  • 100 Madison Avenue
  • Morristown, NJ 07960
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Morristown Medical Center

100 Madison Avenue
Morristown, NJ 07960

Overlook Medical Center

99 Beauvoir Avenue
Summit, NJ 07901

Newton Medical Center

175 High Street
Newton, NJ 07860

Chilton Medical Center

97 West Parkway
Pompton Plains, NJ 07444

Hackettstown Medical Center

651 Willow Grove Street
Hackettstown, NJ 07840

Goryeb Children's Hospital

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Morristown, NJ 07960

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