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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Palliative Care

Palliative care is a multidisciplinary medical service designed to enhance the quality of life for patients who suffer from serious illnesses. This is accomplished by not only relieving symptoms, but by also ensuring that all treatments are aligned with individual preferences and values.

At Atlantic Health System, we provide patients and their families with a wide range of palliative care services, including:

  • Expert pain and symptom management
  • Social, psychological and spiritual support
  • Education on medical treatment options and disease process
  • Assistance with health care decision-making and identifying goals of care
  • Planning transitions to the home or other care settings
  • Bereavement support and services, including those offered by Atlantic Home Care and Hospice

Palliative Care Team

Our professional palliative care team is made up of physicians, advanced practice nurses, registered nurses, chaplains, consulting psychiatrists, dieticians and social workers. They maintain close contact with the patient’s primary care doctor and specialists to ensure a seamless continuum of care.

Eligibility – Palliative Care versus Hospice Care

Palliative care is appropriate for people of any age or stage of illness, whether it’s curable, chronic or life-threatening. Some patients may even make a full recovery. In contrast, those who have a life expectancy of six months or less and wish to forgo curative treatments may benefit more from hospice care.

Palliative care is available at Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center, Newton Medical Center, Chilton Medical Center and Goryeb Children’s Hospital.