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Town of Morristown and Atlantic Health System Announce Agreement on Ambulance Service

January 20, 2016

January 2016, Morristown, NJ – The Town of Morristown and Atlantic Health System, one of the largest health care systems in New Jersey, today announced an agreement appointing Atlantic Ambulance as one of the primary emergency responders for the town. The agreement is among the early results of the recently enhanced relationship between the hospital system and the town.

A subsidiary of Atlantic Health System, Atlantic Ambulance will provide basic life support services for the town.  The agreement is a collaboration between Atlantic Health System, the Town of Morristown, and the Morristown Ambulance Squad (Morristown EMS), the volunteer squad currently serving the town.“The health and well-being of the Morristown community is a priority shared by our organization, the town and the volunteer squad alike,” said Brian Gragnolati, president and CEO of Atlantic Health System. “By working together on the very front lines of health care, we can work together to ensure that the community receives the best of care.”

The Foundation for Morristown Medical Center donated $120,000 to Atlantic Ambulance Corporation, to purchase and equip a new ambulance that will be dedicated to providing the contracted emergency medical services to Morristown residents. This will be one of two Basic Life Support (BLS) vehicles that will serve the town, each staffed by two emergency medical technicians (EMTs).“Our mission is to help the hospital provide our community with the care it needs,” said Chris Baldwin, chairman of the board, Foundation for Morristown Medical Center. “I can’t think of a better use of philanthropic dollars than in ensuring a resource as vital as emergency services.”

”This dedication of resources to Morristown demonstrates that Atlantic Health System is a willing partner in ensuring the health of our community.  I look forward to further deepening this relationship in the coming year,” said Timothy Dougherty, Mayor of the Town of Morristown. The Morristown Ambulance Squad will continue to serve the town as an additional primary provider. As part of the agreement, Atlantic Health System will also work with the town to support Morristown Ambulance Squad, specifically assisting in locating a new base of operations for the volunteer squad.

“The dedicated members Morristown Ambulance Squad have been committed to serving the residents of Morristown for more than half a century,” said Karen Johansen, president of Morristown EMS. “By working with Atlantic Ambulance, we look forward to being able to continue to fulfill that mission.”The emergency services agreement is just one of the several initiatives planned for the near future as part of the heightened collaboration between Atlantic Health System and the Town of Morristown, including:

  • Atlantic Health System will assist the Town of Morristown to support a triennial community health needs assessment. Led by town officials, the project will include representatives of the hospital system and other community-based health and human services organizations. The project will prioritize the community’s health needs and determine how the participants can work to address those needs.
  • Atlantic Health System will meet annually with Morristown police and fire officials to develop and promote collaborative efforts, actions and training to enhance safety and security for the community.
  • Atlantic Health System will also collaborate with the Mayor, town officials and other community representatives to promote community and economic development.
  • Atlantic Health System will also help develop a new health and wellness program for municipal employees and their families.

About Atlantic Ambulance Corp.

Atlantic Ambulance Corp. is a subsidiary of Atlantic Health System, the parent organization of Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center, Newton Medical Center, Chilton Medical Center and Goryeb Children’s Hospital. Atlantic Ambulance features ground, air and Mobile Intensive Care Unit (MICU) services. Its fleet of ground vehicles is designed to transport patients with a wide range of needs, including Mobility Assistance Vehicles, Basic and Advanced Life Support Vehicles, and Specialty Care Transport Units. Atlantic Ambulance also features Neonatal Intensive Care Units and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit which specialize in the transport of children and infants.Atlantic Ambulance also boasts two medevac helicopters. Atlantic Air One was introduced in 2006 and has since become a fixture in the skies of New Jersey, performing about 400 flights each year to Morristown Medical Center and other medical facilities. Atlantic Ambulance’s other medevac was introduced in April 2012, and serves Sussex and Passaic Counties.

About The Foundation for Morristown Medical Center

The Foundation for Morristown Medical Center is a nonprofit public foundation whose mission is to inspire community philanthropy to advance exceptional health care for patients at Morristown Medical Center. Our objective is to use philanthropy to preserve and expand the hospital’s programs and services in direct patient care, clinical research, medical and public health, education, and preventative medicine.

About Atlantic Health System

Atlantic Health System, headquartered in Morristown, New Jersey, is one of the largest non-profit health care systems in New Jersey. Atlantic Health System has created 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. Our network includes Morristown Medical Center in Morristown, NJ; Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ; Newton Medical Center in Newton, NJ; Chilton Medical Center in Pompton Plains, NJ; and Goryeb Children’s Hospital in Morristown, NJ, as well as Atlantic Rehabilitation, and Atlantic Home Care and Hospice. It also includes its subsidiary, Atlantic Ambulance Corporation. Atlantic Health System comprises 1,599 licensed beds, more than 14,000 employees and more than 4,000 physicians. Atlantic Health System has a medical school affiliation with the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University; a Major Clinical Affiliate of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey; part of Atlantic Accountable Care Organization, one of the largest ACOs in the nation, and is a member of AllSpire Health Partners.
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