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Safe Kids Northern New Jersey Recognizes Individuals and Organizations That Share Mission at Annual Awards Ceremony

March 26, 2019

Morristown, NJ – Safe Kids Northern New Jersey, a community-based Injury Prevention Coalition of the trauma service at Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center, recognized outstanding organizations and individuals that share its mission of reducing fatalities, injuries and property damage due to unintentional injuries on the road, at home and at play at its18th Annual Awards Reception held today at the Rockaway Garden Hilton in Rockaway, NJ.

John Cichowski, author and retired columnist for the Bergen Record and known as the “Road Warrior” shared the most influential traffic stories he covered since 1990 in his keynote address.

Awardees are as follows:

2018 Outstanding Individual

PO Andrew Underwood – East Hanover Police Department

Andrew Underwood has advanced his Child Passenger Safety (CPS) skills by completing the CPS Instructor Training and taking a lead role as a senior checker at our CPS stations. Andrew shares his knowledge with parents, caregivers and other transportation colleagues.

2018 Outstanding Organization

Brain Injury Alliance of NJ

The BIA has been a supporter of Nothern NJ Safe Kids/Safe Communities for many years. Their staff is always responsive with equipment, personnel and volunteers. Their ability to always say yes enables us to serve our community with a higher level of care.

The 2019 CPV Vision Award

Rt. Chief Christopher Wagner – Denville Police Department

In his years as a Denville Police Officer and ultimately Chief, Chris Wagner was a visionary who moved new ideas and projects forward. His contribution to Injury Prevention went well beyond the town of Denville as he impacted action and discussion on statewide, regional and national platforms.

The award is named for Carl P. Valenziano, MD, the first director of Trauma, Injury Prevention and Critical Care at Morristown Medical Center, whose vision lives on through the CPV Vision Award.

Hats Off For Helmets Logo Design Winners

With sponsors Mountain Creek and Pelican Sports, high school and middle school students were asked to create a helmet sticker that will inspire everyone to wear a helmet when they ski or snowboard.

Of 110, entries, winners are:

Middle School

1st Place Devon Phillips-PRM, Kinnelon
2nd Anthony Gargiulo-East Hanover MS
3rd Nathan Horn-Glen Meadow, Vernon
4th Sophia Morris-East Hanover MS

High School

1st Bailey Chant-Morris Catholic
2ndElyse Kiel-High Point Regional HS
3rd AJ Guiliana-Morris Catholic
4th Isabella King

Safe Kids programming reaches over 12,000 families annually. More information >

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 more than 16,800 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 more than 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 care needs including 12 urgent care centers, Atlantic 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 that will expand 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.