Wait times represent the average estimated length of time from registration to being assigned a "first provider" (a doctor, nurse practitioner or physician assistant). Times displayed for Atlantic Health Systems are:

  • Reported as an average of wait times for the previous 2 hours of patients that have presented to the emergency department and have been seen by a provider
  • Refreshed at least every 15 minutes

Many circumstances can affect wait times - for example, patients arriving by ambulance or with life-threatening injuries or illnesses. Patients with severe conditions will be seen before those with less-serious problems or ailments. These times are provided for informational purposes only and cannot be guaranteed upon arrival.

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Interventional Cardiology | Atlantic Health

Recent advances in interventional cardiology have made the treatment of narrowed arteries (atherosclerosis) much safer and more effective for millions of patients. Atlantic Health System Heart Care's interventional cardiologists at Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center, Newton Medical Center and Chilton Medical Center are recognized pioneers in new therapies. Our physicians can treat even the highest risk patients with the latest in cardiac mechanical support and stent technologies.

Our interventional cardiology program provides the following services:

  • Diagnostic cardiac catheterization and angiography
  • Coronary stenting (percutaneous coronary intervention or PCI)
  • Coronary angioplasty (PTCA)
  • Cutting balloon angioplasty
  • Rotational atherectomy
  • Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) and intracardiac echocardiography (ICE)
  • Valvuloplasty (mitral and aortic valves)
  • Closure of patent foramen ovale (PFO) in patients after stroke
  • Closure of atrial septal defects (ASD)
  • Primary angioplasty
  • Peripheral vascular procedures
  • Interventional radiology
  • Transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE)
  • Cardioversion
  • Pacemaker implantation (At Morristown Medical Center, pacemaker implantation is available through the Cardiac Rhythm Management Program)

Rapid Response

Speed is often critical for successful angioplasty or stent surgery – the faster an artery is unblocked with a stent, the more heart muscle is saved. Rapid emergency response, called “door to balloon time,” increases survival rate and preserves the quality of life for acute myocardial infarction (heart attack) patients.

At Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical and Chilton Medical Center, we reduce response time with several strategies:

  • Expert on-site nursing and technical staff dedicated to angioplasty and stent patients for night shifts
  • A one-call system, in which a central operator contacts and mobilizes an angioplasty team
  • Paramedics to transmit EKG results en route, so our cardiac catheterization lab is ready when the patient arrives at the hospital