Former Foundation for Morristown Medical Center Trustee and donor Bill Conger knows what it’s like to watch a loved one struggle with a chronic disease. His mother endured the slow decline of Alzheimer’s disease for 15 years, as did his grandmother before her. Since then, two of his friends now struggle with the early stages of dementia. As a caretaker for family and friends, when he found out there was an opportunity to help fund a caregiver training series at Morristown Medical Center, he was quick to endow the course in its entirety.
More than 36 years ago, a significant storm blew across the Hudson River and shook the foundations of Morristown Memorial Hospital. The rest is history.
Beloved wife and mother Jean Magnum spent her final days last spring being cared for in the Nancy and Skippy Weinstein Inpatient Hospice and Palliative Care Center. As her family faced this difficult and grief-filled passage, it was the nurses on Simon 3 who helped ease their patient’s transition and guided her loved ones through this most painful time.
After learning about essential oils at a hospital-based class, Renee Trambert, RN, nurse at the Carol W. and Julius A. Rippel Breast Center, had a hunch that aromatherapy could reduce anxiety in patients during image-guided breast biopsies. She was right.
The CARES Act, which was passed in March, increases tax incentives for making charitable contributions, some of which are only in effect for 2020. The community has done a great job of supporting Morristown Medical Center through the COVID-19 pandemic, however, the Growing Forward Campaign was announced late last year to expand and renovate three of Morristown’s centers of excellence. While the community has pledged more than $36.6 million, a gap of just under $2 million exists.
Long-time Foundation for Morristown Medical Center supporter, The Rippel Foundation, has provided a $50,000 gift to proactively help Morristown Medical Center in the fight against COVID-19.
On Wednesday, February 12, 2020, donors, former patients and team members gathered for a ceremonial beam signing and hard hat tour of the Valerie Fund Children’s Center at Goryeb Children’s Hospital hosted by the Foundation for Morristown Medical Center. To start the evening, Jessica Carter and Zippy Cimino shared stories of how they overcame cancer with the help of the Valerie Center team.
When Thomas Haeussler was admitted to Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute, unforeseen complications with his condition extended his five-day stay to 30. What could have been a trying time for Mr. Haeussler and his family, was made easier by the nursing staff on Gagnon 3.
As individuals and organizations across the nation gather to raise awareness of heart disease during American Heart Month, Thomas P. and Sally Mac Mahon and Ken and Claudia Silverman have marked the occasion by giving $1.5 and $1 million, respectively, to further expand the largest cardiovascular program in the state — Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute at Morristown Medical Center.
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