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Montclair, NJ September 2013 – Atlantic Health System and Montclair State University have announced a partnership to promote healing arts in health care and education through research.
Through the robust services of Atlantic Health System, one of the largest non-profit health care systems in New Jersey and the academic capabilities of Montclair State University, one of the state’s foremost learning institutions, the partnership will offer opportunities to research and develop the ways that arts and health complement each other.
Atlantic Health System is comprised of Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center and Newton Medical Center and Goryeb Children’s Hospital. Montclair State University’s College of the Arts is a state-designated “Center of Excellence in the Arts,” and is home to the George Segal Gallery and the Creative Research Center.
William Neigher, Vice President, System Development, and Chief Strategy Officer for Atlantic Health System, noted that there are many opportunities for arts to play an important role in healing, both in and out of hospital settings.
“A healing culture is essential for us to achieve our mission,” Neigher said. “People come to us in some of the most difficult moments of their life. We can make connections with them through arts and music not only to aid them in those moments, but to help them live healthier throughout their lives.”
“The partnership between Atlantic Health System and Montclair State University has the very rich potential to illuminate new pathways to well-being,” said Montclair State University President Susan A. Cole. “The goal of that partnership is quite simply to become a leader in arts and health care and help future leaders to advance in both of these fields.”
Through the partnership, health care and academic professionals will collaborate to examine the ways art can contribute to medicine and vice versa – for instance, the way art therapy can be used to help patients being treated for Alzheimer’s disease, or the way sports medicine might assist dancers and performers.
The partnership will also enhance academic programs and provide a new outlet to bring together students studying health care or art to explore both subjects. This includes:
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, Newton Medical Center, and Goryeb Children's Hospital. 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 five consecutive years by FORTUNE® as one of the magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For®.” The organization has also been recognized six 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 in 2013 as the No. 1 hospital in New Jersey and the No. 1 hospital in the state for treatment of heart failure, coronary surgery, hip and knee repair, treatment of breast, prostate and pediatric cancers and treatment of stroke. In 2013, U.S. News & World Report ranked Morristown Medical Center as a top hospital nationwide for cardiology and heart surgery, gynecology and geriatric care, in the publication’s annual Best Hospitals list. Morristown Medical Center also ranked among the best hospitals in New Jersey and as a “Best Regional Hospital” for Cancer, Diabetes & Endocrinilogy, Neurology and Neurosurgery, Orthopedics as well as Gastroenterology and GI surgery, Nephrology, Pulmonology and Urology. U.S. News & World Report ranked Overlook Medical Center in 2013 among the best hospitals in central New Jersey and as a “Best Regional Hospital” for Neurology and Neurosurgery as well as Gastroenterology and GI surgery, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Nephrology, Pulmonology and Urology. Atlantic Health System is an affiliate of The Mount Sinai Hospital and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.