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Atlantic Health System, Chilton, Complete Merger

January 2, 2014

Morristown, NJ – Atlantic Health System and Chilton Hospital today announced the completion of a merger which adds the Pompton Plains-based hospital and affiliated Chilton Health Network sites to one of the largest non-profit health care organizations in New Jersey. As part of its addition to Atlantic Health System’s facilities, the hospital will now be known as Chilton Medical Center, a change which better reflects the breadth of its services. The merger, which became effective on January 1, 2014, joins two organizations that have established themselves as leaders in health care, and allows them to build upon a history of successful collaboration – including clinical affiliations in obstetrics, cardiology and other specialties – to ensure both institutions remain at the forefront of medicine and technology.

Atlantic Health System currently owns and operates Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ and Newton Medical Center and Goryeb Children’s Hospital. As a member of the Chilton Health Network, Chilton has offered health care services and care providers in communities throughout Northwestern New Jersey.

“After more than a year since we began the merger process, it is with great honor that we welcome Chilton into Atlantic Health System,” said Joseph A. Trunfio, President and Chief Executive Officer of Atlantic Health System. “With the addition of Chilton, our organization continues to grow stronger and better able to serve our community.”

Following the merger, Chilton Medical Center will continue to serve as a licensed, acute care hospital while also offering its community easier access to the world-class services offered by other members of the Atlantic Health System.

“Chilton and Atlantic Health System are focused on enhancing the scope and breadth of health care services care available at Chilton while providing seamless access to the Atlantic Health System network of outstanding services,” said Dr. Deborah K. Zastocki, President, Chilton Medical Center.  “After many years of successfully working together, we can now work as one, to not only fulfill the health needs of our region, but build stronger, healthier communities.”

Atlantic Health System employs more than 11,000 people throughout Morris, Union, and Sussex counties, and has 1,310 licensed beds, including those at the Atlantic Rehabilitation Institute in Morristown. There are over 193,100 emergency visits each year, including Morristown, Overlook, Newton, and at Overlook Emergency Services, Union Campus. Located at the crossroads of Morris, Passaic and Sussex counties, Chilton Medical Center employs 1,400 people and has 260 licensed beds. Annually, it serves more than 160,000 patients across 33 communities.

Several benefits resulting from the merger of Chilton and Atlantic Health System include:

  • Significant clinical and economic efficiencies to lower the cost of health care while providing the highest quality services
  • Expanded outpatient and preventive medicine services within the region
  • Broader patient access to coordinated primary, pediatric and specialty care; clinical trials; and the most immediate access to specialized emergency care, including complex stroke care, the latest cardiac diagnostic and treatment interventions, and advanced neonatal care
  • Expanded access to tertiary care through primary care physicians
  • Shared best practices, evidence-based care and quality assurance activities within and across our medical staffs

About Morristown Medical Center

Morristown Medical Center, located in Morristown, NJ, is a nationally-ranked regional medical center and a recognized leader in cardiovascular medicine, orthopedics and nursing. The hospital was recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a top hospital nationwide for cardiology and heart surgery, geriatrics, orthopedics and pulmonology. Morristown Medical Center also ranked as a “Best Regional Hospital” for neurology and neurosurgery, as well as gastroenterology & GI Surgery, gynecology, nephrology and urology. Morristown Medical Center’s Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute performs more cardiac surgeries than any other hospital in New Jersey, placing its cardiac program in the top two percent in the country. The Atlantic Orthopedic Institute at Morristown Medical Center does the highest volume of joint and spine surgeries in New Jersey. In 2014, the hospital was re-designated a Magnet Hospital for Excellence in Nursing Service, the highest level of recognition by American Nurses Credentialing Center for facilities that provide acute care services, a distinction awarded to less than five percent of U.S. hospitals. Morristown Medical Center is certified as a Level I Regional Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons, and designated a Level II Trauma Center by the state of New Jersey. Morristown Medical Center is part of Atlantic Health System, one of the largest non-profit health care systems in New Jersey.


About Chilton Medical Center

Chilton Medical Center, located in Pompton Plains, New Jersey, is an award-winning community hospital providing innovative, personalized patient care to people of all ages in a compassionate and healing environment.  It is recognized by The Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center and is the first hospital in New Jersey to achieve Pathway to Excellence designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.  Chilton Medical Center is also designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology. According to data collected from Press Ganey, Ltd, through September 2015, the Emergency Department at Chilton Medical Center performs better than 99 percent of hospitals in NJ for overall patient satisfaction and wait times.   Chilton Medical Center has received the American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline Bronze Receiving Quality Achievement Award, as well as the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite. Chilton Medical Center is part of Atlantic Health System, one of the largest non-profit health care systems in New Jersey. Atlantic Health System is creating a Trusted Network of Caring™.  Our promise to our communities is that anyone who enters our system will receive the right care, at the right quality, at the right time, at the right place and at the right cost.