Morristown, NJ – September 14, 2020 – Since COVID-19 came into our region six months ago, community members and Atlantic Health System team members — many first-time donors — contributed more than $3 million in monetary donations and in-kind gifts to Morristown Medical Center. An additional $369,000 was donated in unrestricted gifts to meet other critical needs throughout the hospital during the crisis.
“The response from our community has been overwhelmingly generous,” said Trish O’Keefe, PhD, RN, president, Morristown Medical Center, vice president, Atlantic Health System. “The philanthropic support that we received, in addition to the outpouring of encouragement shown to us in countless ways, has really helped get us through these challenging times and continues to be an inspiration. We are so incredibly grateful.”
These contributions not only helped boost the spirits of team members throughout the medical center, but also contributed to the ability to purchase critical, specialized equipment to take care of critically ill patients, including eight machines that conduct quantitative fit testing of respirator masks; Vocera (a digital platform for hands-free communications); a COVID-19 testing machine; IV-drip counters; negative pressure devices; scales and BP kits; ventilators, glidescopes and bronchoscopes. In addition, it allowed the hospital to purchase 100 iPads to help facilitate socially distanced communication between caregivers and patients, and their families.
In addition to equipment, the hospital received over $160,000 in meal gift cards for front-line team members through Serve it Forward. This program was created in partnership with Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty’s office and Morristown Medical Center as a way to support both local restaurants and healthcare heroes.
The hospital also received thousands of in-kind donations including personal protective equipment (PPE), homemade masks, medical supplies, team member meals, snacks and personal care items, as well as letters and creative signs of support from the community.
To learn more about the COVID-19 Support Fund, visit the Foundation for Morristown Medical Center website.
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 has a long-standing tradition of providing exceptional patient outcomes and experiences. Home to seven award-winning hospitals including Morristown Medical Center, the number one hospital in NJ according to U.S. News & World Report and Newsweek’s World’s Best Hospitals, the system has been ranked first in New Jersey in consumer preference by Monigle and first among health systems in New Jersey as a “best workplace” by both Modern Healthcare and Fortune Magazine.
Many of the system’s programs have received national accolades and designations, including top rankings for Orthopedics, Gynecology and Cardiology & Heart Surgery, as well as Atlantic Health System’s Cancer Care program, the only New Jersey-based National Cancer Institute National Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP). Additionally, Atlantic Health System Neuroscience at Overlook Medical Center, working with Atlantic Mobile Health, was the first in the nation to deploy and use portable Telestroke technology in ambulances for routine pre-hospital assessment of stroke patients.
Powered by a passionate 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 provides care for the full continuum of health needs across a wide array of settings, including Atlantic Medical Group, one of the largest multi-specialty practices in New Jersey with more than 1,000 physicians and providers, 12 urgent care centers, Atlantic Rehabilitation Institute, Atlantic Visiting Nurse and Atlantic Anywhere’s Virtual Visits. Facilitating connections between these services on both land and air is the transportation fleet of Atlantic Mobile Health.
With a clear sense of purpose and an unparalleled culture, Atlantic Health System attracts top leaders in the field of health care, from CEO Brian Gragnolati, who was Chairman of the American Hospital Association in 2019, to the numerous team members who serve as leaders across national clinical associations and research entities.