April 8, 2021, Morristown, New Jersey – The Foundation for Morristown Medical Center today announced that community members contributed more than $40.3 million toward the critical renovation and expansion of Carol G. Simon Cancer Center, Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute and Goryeb Children’s Hospital, significantly exceeding the initial campaign goal of $38.5 million. More than 1,500 donors, including the Gagnon, Goryeb and Simon families, supported the Growing Forward Campaign that launched on Giving Tuesday, December 3, 2019.
“In what was an unprecedented year for our nation, the generosity of our community was remarkable. The impact of giving was immediate and reinforced that Morristown Medical Center is truly at the heart of our community—now more than ever before,” Les Quick III, Growing Forward Campaign chairman, said.
At Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute, two additional inpatient floors added 55,000 square feet and 72 private rooms for cardiac surgery and structural heart disease patients, increased clinical space and dedicated MRI technology for the exclusive use of cardiac patients.
At Goryeb Children’s Hospital, the Joan and Edward Foley Pediatric Intensive Care Unit nearly doubled in size to 13,400 square feet and increased to 15 private rooms with space for family members to stay overnight. The renovated Valerie Fund Children’s Center at Goryeb Children’s Hospital includes eight open and private infusion bays for chemotherapy and blood work, four new exam and consultation rooms, a large procedure room, private family lounge and playroom.
Finally, at Carol G. Simon Cancer Center, the expanded and renovated Infusion Center supported more than 16,700 cancer patients in 2020 through their outpatient treatment in a safe, calm and healing setting; an increase of nearly 1,000 patients compared to 2019. Patients now have access to 36 private or open infusion bays, depending on their preferences, with comfortable chairs for family members, iPads, blanket warmers and music. Two additional renovation phases will commence later in 2021.
“As a nonprofit hospital, donor support for new capital projects like these allows Morristown Medical Center to continue to offer world-class treatments, expand access for our communities and provide extraordinary patient-centric care,” said President of Morristown Medical Center Trish O’Keefe. “Throughout the pandemic, the expansion and renovation of these centers of excellence quickly became as critical to our COVID-19 patients as they are to our heart, cancer and pediatric patients and their families.”
In addition to the Growing Forward Campaign, community members donated more than $18.7 million to Morristown Medical Center in 2020.
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 $191 million to support both Morristown Medical Center and Goryeb Children’s Hospital. Learn more or donate at f4mmc.org.
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 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 not-for-profit system offers more than 400 sites of care, including seven 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, Goryeb Children’s Hospital in Morristown, NJ, and Atlantic Rehabilitation Institute in Madison, NJ.
Atlantic Medical Group, comprised of 1,000 physicians and advanced practice providers, represents one of the largest multi-specialty practices in New Jersey and joins Atlantic Accountable Care Organization and Optimus Healthcare Partners as part of Atlantic Alliance, a Clinically Integrated Network of more than 2,500 health care providers throughout northern and central NJ.
Atlantic Health System provides care for the full continuum of health care needs through 16 urgent care centers, Atlantic Visiting Nurse and Atlantic Anywhere Virtual Visits. 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.