Expanded, Modernized Valerie Fund Children’s Center Opens at Atlantic Health System’s Goryeb Children’s Hospital
Expansion Funded in Part by Community Members
Morristown, New Jersey, July 30, 2020 – To meet demand for the comprehensive medical care needed for children and adolescents with cancer and blood disorders, Atlantic Health System’s Goryeb Children’s Hospital today announced the opening of its expanded Valerie Fund Children’s Center.
The new Valerie Fund Children’s Center at Goryeb Children’s Hospital includes eight open and private infusion bays for chemotherapy and blood work, four new exam and consultation rooms, a large procedure room, private family lounge and playroom, providing valuable additional space to meet the growing needs of our community.
“Parents come to Goryeb Children’s Hospital for our medical team’s clinical expertise and wealth of specialists, but also because of the exceptional, family-centered care we are known for,” Walter D. Rosenfeld, MD, chair of Pediatrics, Goryeb Children’s Hospital and Atlantic Health System, said. “We want to ensure we are able to help families and children when they are at their most vulnerable, and with the expanded infusion center and clinical space, as well as space for families and their children to relax, we will be better able to do so.”
The new unit was funded in large part by donations made by community members in support of the Foundation for Morristown Medical Center’s Growing Forward Campaign.
“Because of our loyal donor support, we were able to expedite the expansion and renovation of the Valerie Fund Children’s Center ensuring high-quality support of our patients, their families and our incredible, award-winning clinical teams,” Trish O’Keefe, PhD, RN, Morristown Medical Center president and Atlantic Health System vice president, said. “We are forever grateful to the Goryeb family for their tremendous generosity, as well as for the support from our entire community of donors who contribute to the success of the hospital and in creating a healing environment.”
In the last decade, Atlantic Health System’s Goryeb Children’s Hospital’s patient volume increased by 80 percent. The expansion and renovation of the Valerie Fund Children’s Center at Goryeb Children’s Hospital is the third phase of the hospital’s renovation project. Last fall, the Joan and Edward Foley Pediatric Intensive Care Unit expanded from nine to 15 private patient rooms. Prior to that, the Ryan Family Pediatric Inpatient Unit South added eight private rooms. These rooms, combined with the 26-bed Vanech Family Pediatric Inpatient Unit, boosted inpatient (non-critical care) to 34 beds.
Valerie Fund Children's Center Virtual Ribbon Cutting
About the Valerie Fund Children’s Center at Goryeb Children’s Hospital
The Valerie Fund Children’s Center at Goryeb Children’s Hospital provides personalized, comprehensive medical care to children and adolescents with cancer and blood disorders. The center is also part of a pediatric brain and spine tumor program that features a multidisciplinary team of pediatric oncologists, neurosurgeons, psychologists, neurologists, neuroradiologists, ophthalmologists, social workers and physical therapists.
About the Foundation for Morristown Medical Center
Established in 1995, the Foundation for Morristown Medical Center’s mission is to inspire community philanthropy to advance exceptional health care for patients at Morristown Medical Center and Goryeb Children’s Hospital. Over the past 10 years, donors have contributed more than $175 million to support both Morristown Medical Center and Goryeb Children’s Hospital.
About Atlantic Health System
Atlantic Health System has a long-standing tradition of providing exceptional patient outcomes and experiences. Home to seven award-winning hospitals including Morristown Medical Center, the number one hospital in NJ according to U.S. News & World Report, Castle Connolly and Newsweek’s World’s Best Hospitals, the system has been ranked first in New Jersey in consumer preference by Monigle and first among health systems in New Jersey as a “best workplace” by both Modern Healthcare and Fortune Magazine.
Many of the system’s programs have received national accolades and designations, including top rankings for Orthopedics, Gynecology and Cardiology & Heart Surgery, as well as Atlantic Health System’s Cancer Care program, the only New Jersey-based National Cancer Institute National Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP). Additionally, Atlantic Health System Neuroscience at Overlook Medical Center, working with Atlantic Mobile Health, was the first in the nation to deploy and use portable Telestroke technology in ambulances for routine pre-hospital assessment of stroke patients.
Powered by a passionate workforce of 17,000 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 provides care for the full continuum of health needs across a wide array of settings, including Atlantic Medical Group, one of the largest multi-specialty practices in New Jersey with more than 1,000 physicians and providers, 12 urgent care centers, Atlantic Rehabilitation Institute, Atlantic Visiting Nurse and Atlantic Anywhere’s Virtual Visits. Facilitating connections between these services on both land and air is the transportation fleet of Atlantic Mobile Health.
With a clear sense of purpose and an unparalleled culture, Atlantic Health System attracts top leaders in the field of health care, from CEO Brian Gragnolati, who was Chairman of the American Hospital Association in 2019, to the numerous team members who serve as leaders across national clinical associations and research entities.