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Richard Oths (1933-2022)

August 12, 2022

Morristown, NJ, August 12, 2022 - As the first CEO of Atlantic Health System (1996-1999), Richard Oths left an inspiring imprint on our organization and on health care across New Jersey. His commitment and vision to create a cohesive system of care was a landmark advancement in New Jersey and one that endures today.

Dick served as president of Morristown Medical Center from 1988-1996 and assumed the role of CEO in 1996, when Atlantic Health System was formed through the joining of Morristown, Overlook and Mountainside Hospitals. The newly formed system was then the largest in the state and set the standard for high-quality, well-coordinated care delivered by the Atlantic Health System team to this day.

Retiring in 1999, Oths remained an active alumnus of the Atlantic Health community. Dick passed peacefully on August 12, 2022 at the age of 89, having devoted his life to improving the health and well-being of his friends and neighbors across our community. We will be forever grateful for his leadership and legacy.

A wake will be held from 4:00pm to 8:00pm on Friday, August 19 at Bailey Funeral Home in Mendham, NJ. On Saturday, August 20, at 10:30am, a funeral mass will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Mendham, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate contributions to the Foundation for Morristown Medical Center and Cardinal Hayes High School.

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 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 12 counties and 6.2 million people. The not-for-profit system offers more than 400 sites of care, including its 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, Atlantic Rehabilitation Institute in Madison, NJ and through its partnership with CentraState Healthcare System in Freehold, 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 23 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 six 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 five health systems in the region.

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.