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Goryeb Children’s Hospital Opens Expanded Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

October 15, 2019

Expansion Funded in Part by Generous Community Members

Morristown, NJ – To meet the demand for the highly specialized care needed for critically ill or injured children, Atlantic Health System’s Goryeb Children’s Hospital today announced the opening of its expanded Joan and Edward Foley Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU).

Prior to the renovation and expansion, the PICU held nine beds. Because the unit was virtually always at capacity, some children had to be diverted to other medical centers. The new PICU more than doubled its original size to 13,200-square-feet space and now offers 15 beds.

“Parents come to Goryeb Children’s Hospital for our medical team’s clinical expertise and wealth of specialists, but also because of the exceptional, family-centered care we are known for,” said Walter D. Rosenfeld, MD, Chair of Pediatrics, Goryeb Children’s Hospital and Atlantic Health System. “We want to ensure we are able to help families and children when they are at their most vulnerable, and with the additional beds and clinical space, we will be better able to do so.”

The original unit, which opened nearly 20 years ago, as well as the expansion was funded in part by donations to the Foundation for Morristown Medical Center.

“Our family wants to continue the tradition of support to a wonderful hospital that is so deserving,” said Edward J. “Kim” Foley, III, the son of Joan and Edward Foley for whom the PICU was named. “We’re so happy to be a part of an even larger group of people that are collectively making this happen.”

The pediatric inpatient unit recently added eight beds in a new, adjacent unit, and the Valerie Fund Children’s Center for children who need specialized hematology and oncology treatment will be renovated and expanded in the coming months.

About the Joan and Edward Foley Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

The Joan and Edward Foley Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Goryeb Children's Hospital provides award-winning care to infants, children and adolescents with life-threatening illness and injury. It’s nursing team received a gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.

The fifteen-bed, state-of-the-art PICU provides continuous monitoring of patients' respiratory, cardiac and neurological functions. Each child's room is designed with easy access to radiological tests, such as X-ray and ultrasound, and the latest technology that allows for instant review of diagnostic and laboratory results.

Designed with families in mind, amenities include private rooms designed with sleeping accommodations for parents, gaming consoles, a family waiting room area, and separate bathroom and shower.  

About the Foundation for Morristown Medical Center

Established in 1995, the Foundation for Morristown Medical Center’s mission is to inspire community philanthropy to advance exceptional health care for patients at Morristown Medical Center and Goryeb Children’s Hospital. Over the past 10 years, donors have contributed more than $175 million to support both Morristown Medical Center and Goryeb Children’s Hospital.

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.