Aresty Family Finds a Second Home at Morristown


photo-(2).jpgPatti Aresty became familiar with Morristown Medical Center more than 30 years ago when her late husband, David Aresty, began treatment for a series of conditions. She recalls the excellent support system and how the doctors and nurses cared for her husband and her family during their most challenging experiences of loss. In return, she and her sons Adam and Benjamin Aresty, her daughter Rachel, son-in-law Danny and granddaughter Dylan Solomon gave $500,000 to support the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center’s first-floor renovation.

The reconfiguration of the first floor will create a new Patient Access Center in the lobby, allowing for a one-stop, convenient outpatient experience where patients can check-in for all appointments simultaneously. The centerpiece will be The David and Patti Aresty Family Registration Desk.

Patti Aresty, a Washington Partner and Carol G. Simon Cancer Center Philanthropy Council member, is glad that the donation will leave her family’s name indelibly marked at a place she has grown to love. When thinking back to when her husband was a patient, she remembers how quickly the Morristown Medical Center team felt like family.

“My husband always felt Morristown Medical Center was about the people, not bricks and mortar,” Aresty said. “His attitude was to have fun. He would stop and buy Danishes before his appointments. The nurses loved to sit and visit with us, and the doctors were so caring, always by our side.”

Over time her gratitude grew, ignited her interest in volunteering and spurred a variety of gifts over 29 years, totaling more than $1 million in support of three of the hospital’s Centers of Excellence: Carol G. Simon Cancer Center, Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute and Goryeb Children’s Hospital.

As a volunteer, her passion runs deep, and her stories, each more interesting than the last. She designed pediatric gowns with Marguerite Goryeb and worked tirelessly alongside Carol G. Simon, delivering flowers to patients, bringing them newspapers, and sitting and visiting with those who looked like they needed some cheer.

“I have known the hospital forever, and I love everything about it,” Aresty said. “All of our children were born there.”

When the pandemic surged last year, Aresty purchased 100 baby monitors for the Sameth Emergency Department so that caregivers could communicate with COVID-19 patients in a safe way. She contributed to the Serve It Forward program supporting the purchase of restaurant gift cards. She arranged for gallons of homemade chicken soup from Chef Loryn’s in Madison, to feed front-line caregivers. When she downsized from her Short Hills home, she donated her paintings to line the hospital’s hallways.

“It’s such an amazing place,” Aresty said. “I can’t say enough about it. When I walk through the doors, I feel like I’m home.”

If you are interested in donating to Carol G. Simon Cancer Center, please contact Lisa Duff at 973-593-2405 or lisa.duff@atlantichealth.org.

 

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