Leading Medical Practices Invest in Superior Heart Care

FMMC_GagnonCardioIllustration_8-9MW_FINAL-web-(2).jpgTo build the most extensive cardiac program in New Jersey and one of the nation’s leading cardiology and heart surgery hospitals, philanthropic investment from doctors’ practices affiliated with Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute has made all the difference. In the recent Growing Forward Campaign to expand and renovate Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute, Anesthesia Associates of Morristown, Mid-Atlantic Surgical Associates, Morris Heart Associates and Morristown Cardiology Associates collectively gave $1.32 million to support the project*.

In response to an increase in patient volume, the latest expansion at Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute was a 55,400-square-foot addition that includes 72 private patient rooms and two additional floors. It also increased MRI capacity exclusively for cardiovascular patients to keep in step with high demand. More than 100,000 heart patients come through its doors each year, a number that will climb as the population ages.

Growing demand for expert cardiovascular care also means investing in technology, cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, anesthesiologists, cardiac intensivists, research initiatives and infrastructure.

“Anesthesia Associates of Morristown is an integral part of the world-class care delivered by Morristown Medical Center,” said Walter Lewis, MD, Foundation for Morristown Medical Center trustee and Anesthesia Associates of Morristown president. “We proudly support the continued growth of Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute, expanding the ability of Morristown Medical Center to improve the health and well-being of the communities we serve.”

Specialty needs in expert cardiovascular care provided by Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute include building programs for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, sports cardiology, cardio-oncology, pediatric oncology and heart disease in women – and many other areas of specialized clinical care.

The impact of consistent, long-term philanthropy has helped Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute achieve national recognition as a top 50 hospital for Cardiology & Heart Surgery (No. 42) by U.S. News & World Report and one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery for three years in a row by Healthgrades.

“There is no question that philanthropic support is essential to programmatic growth, whether it be expanding existing services or introducing new ones,” said Linda Gillam, MD, MPH, MACC, Dorothy and Lloyd Huck chair, Department of Cardiovascular Medicine; and medical director, Cardiovascular Service Line, Morristown Medical Center/Atlantic Health System.

“With the recently completed Growing Forward Campaign, we were fortunate to have support from many physicians and other health care team members, all critical to the high-quality care that we continue to provide at Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute.”

To learn more about supporting Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute, contact Susan Johns at
973-593-2143 or susan.johns@atlantichealth.org.

 *Individual doctors within these practices also gave generously in support of the Growing Forward Campaign.

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