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Atlantic Health System Launches Palliative Care Learning Collaborative Sponsored by Marquis Health Consulting Services

August 5, 2021

$100K Donation Supports Education Initiative for Skilled Nursing Professionals

Leadership of the Palliative Care Learning Collaborative

MORRISTOWN, NJ – AUGUST 5, 2021 – Atlantic Health System this summer launched a Community Palliative Care Learning Collaborative (C-PCLC) developed with financial support from Marquis Health Consulting Services and led by a team of Atlantic Health System palliative care and integrated care experts. The initiative aims to provide resources to educate and empower skilled nursing healthcare professionals, supporting expanded access to palliative care in skilled nursing settings.

Nearly 20 New Jersey skilled nursing facilities are participating in the year-long C-PCLC program, which ultimately supports community partners in fulfilling state legislation requiring access to palliative care. Marquis’ $100,000 grant is funding all aspects of the initiative, from overall planning; to the development of a proprietary web-based portal; to the creation of print/video content, webinars and other educational materials; to quarterly training events.

“Marquis Health Consulting Services is pleased to support this incredibly meaningful work being put forth by Atlantic Health System,” said Norman Rokeach, founder and president of Marquis Ltd. “Improved knowledge, education and collaboration within palliative care represents a great opportunity for all. Working together we can make a difference.”

Palliative care is a specialized medical model for people living with a serious illness. It focuses on relieving symptoms and stress, with the goal to improve quality of life for both the patient and their loved ones. Palliative care often accompanies curative treatment and is administered by a trained team of doctors, nurses and specialists.

Atlantic Health System’s C-PCLC will also serve as a development model for expanded use.

“As a system, we are consistently looking to transform how we deliver care to ensure we are achieving the best outcomes for both our patients and their loved ones,” said Yvette Vieira, manager, Palliative Care and Bioethics, Atlantic Health System. “Thanks to this support, we are able to provide a more seamless continuum of care across all services with our post-acute partners.”

Based in Brick, N.J., Marquis Health Consulting Services is a highly skilled and vision-driven nursing home consulting company currently supporting Mid-Atlantic and New England facilities totaling nearly 6,000 skilled nursing and assisted living beds.     

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 almost 18,000 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 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’s 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.