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Atlantic Health System Hospitals Receive High Recognition for Efforts in Organ Donor Registration

June 20, 2019

Morristown, NJ – Four Atlantic Health System hospitals were recently recognized for their efforts to register organ donors through the Hospital Organ Donation Campaign. Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center and Chilton Medical Center all were honored with platinum ratings, the highest rating. Newton Medical Center received a gold rating.

“Atlantic Health System is committed to honoring patients’ last wishes, and connecting their families and loved ones with the proper resources – like our partner the NJ Sharing Network – to bring them to fruition,” said Jan Schwarz-Miller, MD, Chief Medical and Academic Officer and Senior Vice President, Atlantic Health System. “We continue to focus on helping our communities outside of the walls of the hospital by helping those in need receive the organs and tissues they need is part of that mission.”

Since January 2019:

  • Two organ donors from Morristown Medical Center donated 10 organs, and 13 tissue donors donated 480 “gifts,” which included bone, skin, valve, veins, or cornea
  • Two organ donors from Overlook Medical Center donated 4 organs, and 14 tissue donors donated 658 “gifts,” which included bone, skin, or cornea
  • Two organ donors from Chilton Medical Center donated 5 organs, and 8 tissue donors donated 584 “gifts,” which included bone, skin, veins or cornea
  • One organ donor from Newton Medical Center donated 3 organs, and 4 tissue donors donated 138 “gifts,” which included bone, skin, or cornea

The Hospital Organ Donation Campaign is organized and sponsored by the Health Resources and Service Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Healthcare organizations are challenged with the task of educating the community about the significant need for organ, eye and tissue donors in the United States. This campaign encourages hospitals and health care providers to recruit new donors. 

Currently, there are more than 4,000 New Jersey residents awaiting an organ or tissue transplant. Register to be an organ donor >

About Atlantic Health System

Atlantic Health System is at the forefront of medicine, setting standards for quality health care in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and the New York metropolitan area. Powered by a workforce of 17,000 team members and 4,800 affiliated physicians dedicated to building healthier communities, Atlantic Health System serves more than half of the state of New Jersey including 11 counties and 4.9 million people. The system offers 400 sites of care, including six hospitals: 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, Hackettstown Medical Center in Hackettstown, NJ and Goryeb Children’s Hospital in Morristown, NJ.

In addition to the employed workforce, Atlantic Alliance, a Clinically Integrated Network represents more than 2,500 health care providers throughout northern and central NJ. This network includes 1,000 physicians and providers comprising one of the largest multi-specialty practices in New Jersey - Atlantic Medical Group, as well as members of the Atlantic Accountable Care Organization and Optimus Healthcare Partners, which work to enhance patient care delivery.

Atlantic Health System provides care for the full continuum of health needs, including 12 urgent care centersAtlantic Rehabilitation and Atlantic Home Care and Hospice. Facilitating the connection between these services on both land and air is the transportation fleet of Atlantic Mobile Health.

Atlantic Health System leads the Healthcare Transformation Consortium, a partnership of seven regional hospitals and health systems dedicated to improving access and affordability, and is a founding member of the PIER Consortium – Partners in Innovation, Education, and Research – a streamlined clinical trial system expanding access to groundbreaking research across seven health systems in New Jersey.

Atlantic Health System has a medical school affiliation with Thomas Jefferson University and is home to the regional campus of the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Morristown and Overlook Medical Centers and is the official health care partner of the New York Jets.