The Sameth Emergency Department (ED) at Morristown Medical Center, designated a Level I Regional Trauma Center, provides urgent, life-saving care, as well as state-of-the-art evaluation, diagnosis and treatment for the most critical patient cases.

Project Overview

The Sameth ED is one of the busiest in the state, averaging close to 100,000 patient visits per year with a two percent annual growth. It is staffed by 45 emergency medicine physicians, 27 medical residents, four pediatric fellows, 13 physician assistants, 130 registered nurses, 89 emergency technicians and 24 administrative assistants. It is also a primary teaching site for both nursing and medical students. Treatment zones include the following: adult, geriatric, trauma, psychiatric and pediatric emergencies.

This high-volume department operated at 100 percent capacity pre-pandemic, with patients and stretchers often overflowing into the hallways. COVID-19 only exacerbated the situation. To address burgeoning patient volumes and to treat higher-acuity patients, updating the department’s technology and facility is crucial. The goal is to create an ED of the future to accommodate 30,000 additional patient visits per year, provide a clinically superior patient environment and improve operational flow to ensure team members can continue providing extraordinary care.

Key Updates

Best-in-Class Technology

  • Advanced CT Scanner, which shortens the imaging time for pediatric patients and removes the need for anesthesia
  • Two new trauma elevators, in addition to two renovated elevators, supporting rooftop, helicopter arrivals 
  •  Updated patient monitors that track  arrhythmia, temperature, blood pressure, pulse oxygen, etc.
  • Encounter-free, patient registration kiosks 
  • Electronic patient tracking boards in treatment rooms
  • Real-time locator system for vital equipment
  • Expansion of the advanced air filtration system to cover the entire department
  • Update nurse call system

Expansion and Renovation

  • Relocation and expansion of the Gagnon Children’s Emergency Department to Goryeb Children’s Hospital with a separate entrance for pediatric patients
  • Relocation and expansion of the Aresty Day Hospital, an outpatient unit for procedures that require sedation or special monitoring
  • New, adult treatment rooms/bays, increasing from 61 to 89
  • Two infectious disease containment screening rooms
  • Relocation and expansion of the Behavioral Health Unit, providing a space with soothing colors and therapeutic lighting
  • New charge desk, the ED’s “nerve center”
  • New team-member lounge

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For many people, a visit to the ED is their first encounter with the hospital, a place to go when serious injury or illness strikes. For children with a life-threatening condition, it is a beacon of hope. To the uninsured, it is a safety net where they will never be turned away.

Philanthropic Goal: $10 million  | Project Cost: $26.9 million 

Donor support is vital to help position the Sameth Emergency Department for the future and ensure superior emergency care for the community.  For more information, email f4mmc@atlantichealth.org or call 973-593-2400.
 

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