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Chilton Medical Center Foundation

Chilton Medical Center Foundation

When you give back, we move forward.

It's been said that charity begins at home, and that home is where the heart is. Those well-known proverbs certainly ring true at Chilton, which was built upon the benevolence of its community.

Chilton Medical Center Foundation, the fundraising arm of the hospital, was established in 1991. But its charitable roots date back to Chilton's inception. Long before the Foundation's Board of Trustees was formed, a local doctor by the name of Forrest S. Chilton II, and his wife, Elizabeth, donated a tract of land on Newark-Pompton Turnpike to construct a hospital in memory of their son. That single philanthropic act, in 1947, launched a campaign to care for the sick while providing a medical facility to address the post-war baby boom. As soldiers returned home from World War II, area residents needed a nearby hospital for their expanding families. The Chilton legacy was born.

Indeed, Dr. Chilton's generosity ignited the region's humanitarian spirit and ultimately inspired the longstanding mission of Chilton Medical Center Foundation.

Our Mission

Chilton Medical Center Foundation is solely dedicated to supporting the capital needs of Chilton Medical Center and its family of affiliates. Much like our founding benefactors, the Foundation raises money to enhance the quality of health care available to those we serve - funding clinical services, state-of-the-art technology, facility construction and modernizations, outreach initiatives and other vital programs. A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Foundation is led by a volunteer Board of Trustees that oversees the use of philanthropic donations and directs the organization in partnership with the hospital and representatives of our community.

A Growing Legacy of Success

Since its founding, the Foundation has raised more than $60 million for Chilton Medical Center, contributing to every major campaign or initiative aimed at improving the hospital’s facilities. This includes our Cancer Center, Adult and Pediatric Clinics, Mother Baby Center, Total Joint CenterEmergency Department, Intensive Care Unit, Lobby, and Children’s Center.

Charitable gifts to the Foundation have also helped strengthen hospital programs and services like cardiology, oncology, telestroke, palliative care, behavioral health, and many others. 

As the hospital continues advancing, we invite you to step into Chilton's history - and future - with a charitable donation that will impact generations to come. Learn more about the many ways to give and current fundraising priorities by exploring our website, or by contacting the Foundation at 973-831-5165 or email

Nurse rushes patient on gurney in Chilton Emergency Department

Charitable Initiative: The Next-Generation Operating Room

Recent advancements in minimally invasive robotic technology are revolutionizing surgery. More patients than ever before can now benefit from shorter recoveries, less, pain, and better clinical outcomes with the da Vinci Xi. The Chilton Medical Center Foundation has launched a $625,000 charitable initiative to support the hospital’s vision for a next-generation operating room that will improve the lives of patients here in our community. Join Us.