For more than 125 years, Morristown Medical Center has accomplished its goal of delivering high-quality and innovative health care due, in part, to loyal donors. The impact of philanthropy is one of the main reasons the hospital earned the No. 1 ranking in New Jersey by U.S. News & World Report for the third year in a row, as well as recognition as a national leader for cardiology, orthopedics and gynecology.
With every success comes the need for improvement. The Growing Forward Campaign, a $38.5 million capital investment, is enabling the hospital to revamp its centers of excellence in heart, cancer and pediatrics.
“As a nonprofit hospital, support for new capital projects, innovative research, equipment, and the expansion and development of programs comes from our generous donors,” says Trish O’Keefe, PhD, RN, president of Morristown Medical Center.
Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute
Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute often operated at close to capacity. What’s more, outpatient labs were regularly full and patients needing noninvasive imaging procedures waited up to six weeks. With demand only expected to increase, an expansion proved the necessary remedy. The 55,400-square-foot addition recently created 72 new private rooms. And with the new cardiac MRI scanner, cardiologists can now scan up to 12 patients a day.
Carol G. Simon Cancer Center
Each year, nearly 40,000 patients receive expert care at Carol G. Simon Cancer Center. An anticipated increase in a variety of cancers will draw even more patients, putting further strain on already high patient volumes. On top of this, patients must navigate services and treatments on different floors, adding stress to visits. A much-needed redesign will create 20% more useable space. Improvements to the new Infusion Center promote a healing environment, and infusion bays increased from 24 to 36. Reconfiguring the lobby into a Patient Access Center will also streamline registration.
Goryeb Children’s Hospital
In the last decade, Goryeb Children’s Hospital’s patient volume increased by 80%. Thanks to the Growing Forward Campaign, these critical units supporting our youngest patients have room to grow.
The Valerie Fund Children’s Center, which opened this summer on the third floor of Goryeb Children’s Hospital, has eight open and private infusion bays for chemotherapy and blood work, four new exam and consultation rooms, a large procedure room, private family lounge and playroom.
The expanded Joan and Edward Foley Pediatric Intensive Care Unit opened in fall 2019 with six additional beds. The Ryan Family Pediatric Inpatient Unit South, which opened previously, added eight private rooms. These rooms, combined with the 26-bed Vanech Family Pediatric Inpatient Unit, boosted inpatient (non-critical care) to 34 beds.
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