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  • Department of Pediatric Surgery

  • Phone: 908-522-3523

Family Surgery Program

The Family Surgery Program at Goryeb Children’s Hospital at Morristown Medical Center and Goryeb Children's Center at Overlook Medical Center allows a parent to stay in the operating room until anesthesia takes effect. To familiarize parents and children facing surgery with hospital personnel, equipment and routines, a preoperative teaching program is available, as well as a slide presentation with simple, concrete information geared to our younger audience. The program is complemented by a medical play session, where children can familiarize themselves with medical equipment. Teenagers may ask for a preparation booklet to help them feel more comfortable with hospitalization.

Children who need surgery are usually anxious about it. Our family surgery program can help prepare your child for surgery, and can take some of the stress and anxiety out of the hospital stay for both of you.

This innovative program – the first of its kind in New Jersey – has been helping make the surgical experience a little easier for parents and children for more than a decade. 

Our program familiarizes you and your child with the operating room as you learn what to expect before, during and after surgery.  We create a unique, relaxed and non-threatening atmosphere to encourage children to communicate their feelings about hospitalization and develop a sense of security and mastery. 

As part of the Family Surgery Program, Morristown and Overlook medical centers offer several pre-admission teaching programs for children, teens and their families.

  • Department of Pediatric Surgery

  • Phone: 908-522-3523

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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

100 Madison Avenue
Morristown, NJ 07960


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