Last week, Morristown’s venerable Community Theatre took a new name. (The Mayo Performing Arts Center.)
Now Morristown Memorial Hospital is getting a new moniker: Morristown Medical Center.
The idea is to reflect the broad offerings of the three Atlantic Health System hospitals, according to a statement from CEO Joseph Trunfio:
“Atlantic Health System’s single-entity hospitals have flourished into medical centers, providing our communities with access to a spectrum of unmatched specialty care at multiple facilities. Through this evolution, each medical center has not only expanded its services, but also has enhanced its culture of healing with patient-centered care at its core.”
Wonder what Morristown institution will re-brand next. Morristown High School?
Here is the full statement from Atlantic Health:
ATLANTIC HEALTH SYSTEM ANNOUNCES NEW NAMES FOR ITS THREE HOSPITALS
‘MEDICAL CENTERS’ REFLECT WIDE BREADTH OF ADVANCED SERVICES,
HIGH QUALITY OF CARE ACROSS MULTIPLE CAMPUSES
MORRISTOWN, NJ – MAY 9, 2011 – As of today, each of Atlantic Health System’s hospitals will take a new name – medical center – to reflect the non-profit health care system’s expansive breadth of top-rated specialty care, clinical offerings and medical staff shared across multiple campuses throughout Northern and Central New Jersey. The name changes reinforce Atlantic Health System’s ongoing commitment to growing the services available in the communities it serves.
The changes are as follows:
- Morristown Memorial Hospital in Morristown, N.J., will now be known as Morristown Medical Center
- Overlook Hospital in Summit, N.J., will now be known as Overlook Medical Center,
- Newton Memorial Hospital in Newton, N.J., will now be known as Newton Medical Center.
“Atlantic Health System’s single-entity hospitals have flourished into medical centers, providing our communities with access to a spectrum of unmatched specialty care at multiple facilities,” said Joseph A. Trunfio, President and CEO of Atlantic Health System. “Through this evolution, each medical center has not only expanded its services, but also has enhanced its culture of healing with patient-centered care at its core.”
Atlantic Health System has evolved over the past several years and has significantly strengthened its depth of clinical services. With a focus on patients’ continuity of care, the system provides easy access to top-rated diagnostic and treatment tools at each of its campuses.
At Morristown Medical Center, the Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute brings the newest, most innovative cardiovascular procedures and treatments to patients and, as a result, performs the most heart surgeries in N.J. Teams at Morristown Medical Center’s Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute:
- Perform more than 1,100 cardiac procedures each year, putting the volume among the top 2 percent of all U.S. cardiac surgery programs, which means more expertise and better outcomes for patients,
- Offer patients alternatives to major surgery, as one of just 20 facilities across the country to perform catheter-based repair and replacement of valves on both sides of the heart.
The Goryeb Children’s Hospital at Morristown Medical Center and Goryeb Children’s Center at Overlook Medical Center offer more than 100 pediatric specialists to care for more than 50,000 of the community’s youngest members. The hospitals’ spine program — where surgeons perform more spine surgery than anywhere else in New Jersey — has received the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission, achieving Disease-Specific Care Certification for cervical and lumbar spine treatments. This designation is held by just 13 hospitals in the country.
With the largest team of neurologists, neurosurgeons and neuroscience nursing staff in the state, Overlook Medical Center has earned its reputation as the premier center for neuroscience and stroke care in New Jersey. The Atlantic Neuroscience Institute at Overlook Medical Center:
- Serves as the hub for the NJ Stroke Network – the largest stroke center group of its kind in the state– and serves approximately 40 percent of the state’s stroke patients,
- Became the first medical center in New Jersey to offer both vaccine trials for brain tumor patients as well as CyberKnife radiosurgery for inoperable brain tumors.
The Stroke Center at Overlook received the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Centers and was designated the first Comprehensive Stroke Center in the state by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. Overlook is a Level IV Epilepsy Center with a formal Movement Disorders Program that offers its New Jersey patients new diagnostic and treatment options only available at Overlook.
Overlook expanded its reach to more New Jerseyans by operating an emergency services site in Union, formerly Union Hospital, and recently enhanced the site’s offerings with a new state-of-the-art imaging center so patients can be diagnosed and treated more quickly and efficiently.
Last month, Newton Medical Center joined the Atlantic Health System family, extending resources into Warren and Sussex counties and parts of northeastern Pennsylvania and southwestern New York. Now, the communities around Newton can benefit from the myriad services offered at Morristown and Overlook. All of Atlantic Health System’s medical centers are connected by Atlantic Ambulance Corporation, which safely and quickly transfers patients by land or by air. The health system also has made a foray into professional sports, now serving as the official health care partner of the New York Jets and New Jersey Devils.
“No matter which medical center our patients initially enter, they are assured that Atlantic Health System has the resources and expertise to treat them efficiently and thoroughly with the utmost care and compassion from the top specialists in our system,” Trunfio said.
In addition to Morristown Medical Center’s recognition as one of 6 percent of the hospitals in the country as a Magnet hospital for nursing excellence, physicians from all three medical centers have been recognized in New Jersey Monthly’s annual “Top Doctors” feature and New Jersey Life Health + Beauty’s “Doctors Who Make a Difference” series. Atlantic Health System has been chosen for the past three consecutive years by FORTUNE® as one of the magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For®.” Each medical center also was recognized in Inside Jersey magazine’s Castle Connolly report of New Jersey’s “Top Hospitals of 2011.”
# # #
About Atlantic Health System
Atlantic Health System is one of the largest non-profit health care systems in New Jersey, comprised of Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center in Summit and Newton Medical Center. The three medical centers — all accredited by The Joint Commission — have a combined total of 1,308 licensed beds and more than 2,750 affiliated physicians providing a wide array of health care services to the residents of Northern and Central New Jersey. Specialty service areas include advanced cardiovascular care, pediatric medical and surgical specialties, neurology, orthopedics, and sports medicine. Each of these programs has earned top ratings and recognitions in their respective fields. Atlantic Health System is the official health care partner of the New York Jets and New Jersey Devils.
Morristown Medical Center’s Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute performs more heart surgeries than any other hospital in New York or New Jersey, and is one of 20 facilities across the country to perform catheter-based repair and replacement of valves on both sides of the heart. Atlantic Health System’s spine program – where surgeons perform more spine surgery than anywhere else in New Jersey – is one of just 13 hospitals across the country that has received the Gold Seal of ApprovalTM from The Joint Commission, achieving Disease-Specific Care Certification for cervical and lumbar spine treatments. With the Atlantic Neuroscience Institute based at Overlook Medical Center, the hospital serves as the hub for the New Jersey Stroke Network, and serves about 40 percent of the state’s stroke patients. The system’s Goryeb Children’s Hospital offers more than 100 board-certified physicians in 20 pediatric specialties. Morristown Medical Center is designated a Level I Regional Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons and a Level II by the state of New Jersey.
Atlantic Health System has been chosen for the past three consecutive years by FORTUNE® as one of the magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For®.” The organization has also been recognized four times by AARP as one of the “Best Employers for Workers over 50.” Inside Jersey magazine partnered with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. and ranked Morristown Medical Center as the No. 1 hospital in New Jersey and the No. 1 hospital for treatment of heart failure and coronary surgery in the state. The survey findings also establish Overlook as No.1 for the treatment of neurological disorders and No. 2 for stroke treatment in NJ. Atlantic Health System is a Major Clinical Research Affiliate with The Cancer Institute of New Jersey and is the primary academic and clinical affiliate in New Jersey of Mount Sinai School of Medicine and The Mount Sinai Hospital.
What is Earth Day about?
“Stop using your car for every little thing. Being cautious. Unplug your toaster. I keep everything unplugged. I walk a lot,” said Theresa Smith, clutching a tree seedling.
Theresa is an administrative assistant in the pharmacy at Morristown Memorial Hospital, and she was visiting the hospital’s Earth Day celebration.
TransOptions, Salon Botanique, Lexmark and MorristownGreen.com were among the exhibitors.
The 700-bed, 1.5-million square foot hospital has taken several steps to make itself a greener place, said Deborah Visconti, director of operations.
These include food composting, recycling programs, and a move toward housecleaning with ionized water instead of chemicals.
Employees also are given energy-saving light bulbs and encouraged to carpool and telecommute, where practical.
(Surgeons and nurses are not telecommuting, Deborah assured us.)
Please click icon below for captions.
Many of these steps help the bottom line. But it’s about more than that, said Dr. David Shulkin, president of the hospital.
“It’s also the right thing to do for the community,” he said.
Our thanks to everyone who visited with us today, and to Odysseus Weah and everyone else at the hospital for their hospitality. Happy Earth Day!
Health care products at Morristown’s Salon Botanique Eco-Chic aren’t just tasteful…they’re tasty.
Well, maybe that’s a stretch. But their organic skin-care and hair products are made from vegetables and fruits, said salon Manager Brianne Howard. So if you get really hungry…
“You basically can pretty much eat the product,” quipped Samantha Messenger, a hair designer who feels no qualms about working in the salon as a woman who is seven months pregnant. That’s because the place doesn’t use chemical-based products, she said.
Salon Botanique is one of the exhibitors at today’s Earth Day celebration at Morristown Memorial Hospital. It’s in the B-level auditorium until 3 pm. Stop over and say hello!
Brianne said the salon is painted with paints that are low in volatile organic chemicals. Water is filtered before it touches customers’ hair. Furniture is made from recycled materials. The floor is made from bamboo, a sustainable wood.
You can even get a hand massage, from Sandy O’Reilly. What’s sustainable about that?
“It reduces stress. In the long run, without stress, you don’t have disease. That’s dis-ease,” she said.
And of course, all of her hand lotions are organic.
Leave the car at home, and get discounts at Morristown stores and restaurants.
Good for the planet, good for your wallet!
That’s the pitch from TransOptions, one of the exhibitors today at Morristown Memorial Hospital’s Earth Day celebration.
Go to the TransOptions website and sign up for a GoSmart card. You pledge to take alternative transit at least once a week– a train, a bike, your sneakers–and they send you a card good for 10 percent off at Raul’s Empanadas, Zebu Forno and the Running Company.
“With gas prices going up, we’re trying to do a lot of things to help people,” said Judy Bortman, a spokesperson for TransOptions, an alliance of business and government partnerships to help commuters in northwestern New Jersey.
TransOptions also can hook you up with carpooling partners, and emergency rides home. And on May 19, the organization will offer a free breakfast to bike commuters between 6:30 am and 8:30 am at the Hyatt Morristown, as part of Bike to Work Week.
Helping Judy today is Anne Vivino. She is part of New Jersey royalty. Her husband’s cousins are comic Uncle Floyd Vivino and his brothers, Jimmy and Jerry Vivino, who play in Conan O’Brien’s band.
Anne said the family parties are a-mazing. Maybe they should create a GoFloyd card, too!
Don’t worry, it’s nothing infectious.
MorristownGreen.com will be part of an Earth Day fair at Morristown Memorial Hospital today, Earth Day, April 22, starting around 10 a.m.
Please stop by and say hello! We will be in the B level auditorium in the main building, near the cafeteria.
We’re looking forward to lunchtime– the hospital’s chefs put out quite a spread at last month’s Taste of Morristown.
Last Friday was one of those “Ah-h-h-h-h…..” days. The air was balmy and sweet, and the ice and snow, defeated at last, ran as harmless water in the streets. I took my dog for a long walk in the warm sun, and I wasn’t alone: dozens of us went out walking, just for the sheer pleasure of it. We’d all thrown off our coats and jackets, and wandered around happily, in a short-sleeves sort of daze, in the middle of February.
Sometimes, that kind of joy permeates everything, and the harsh world melts, until there’s nothing left but love. And that’s what happened Friday evening, too, as almost 350 people gathered for an evening of food, music, and comedy at the Hanover Manor.
And all that was very fine indeed – a wonderful supper, some good dancing music (the first tune: “Under the Boardwalk“!), a huge crowd, and some serious belly laughs (more on that later): all a welcome respite from our deep collective case of cabin fever. But the crowd’s eyes – and hearts – really were fixed on the prize: they’d come to raise money to save the lives of sick kids, and to help their families. The evening was a benefit to raise money for Sam’s NICU, the neo-natal intensive care unit at Morristown Memorial’s Goryeb’s Children’s Hospital.
You could see it in the way people got quiet to watch to the short film about the NICU – in the way they listened in eager absorption as Dr. Lawrence Skolnick, Co-Director of Goryeb’s Division of Neonatology, talked about many of the to-date accomplishments of the NICU that has served over 1,000 families since it opened in 2008.
He described it as a “miraculous innovation” in care, and noted several times that this unit is “in the vanguard” of NICU treatment nationwide. There’s a Pharmacy onsite, open 24/7 to get babies the meds they need, sometimes at a moment’s notice; chronic lung disease has been “drastically reduced”; a neonatal syndrome that can cause blindness has dropped to “virtually zero.” Sam’s NICU combines intensive care with nurturing care, and has become a regional NICU today: more and more babies come to Morristown from greater and greater distances.
Phase II of the project is about to begin: the creation of an overnight facility for these long-distance vistors. Parents of very sick children will be able to stay in hotel-like accommodations from the first night.
And every dollar raised by Sam’s Fund goes to the NICU.
Steve Salzberg, the organizer of the event, described the turnout as “mindblowing.” Steve and his wife Doris have pledged $1.5 million, via evenings like this one and via ongoing donations, to benefit Sam’s NICU – named for Steve’s infant daughter Samantha Marie, who died in 1987 at the age of eight weeks, from an infection she’d acquired during transport to Columbia Presbyterian’s neo-natal intensive care unit. A father’s grief has turned to creating joy for other parents and children; is there anything more moving and wonderful than that? I can’t imagine what it could be. (Steve has informed me that the tally is now in, and $31,000 was raised at this year’s event.)
Just before introducing the comedians, Steve presented his business friend, “Big Mike” (“His heart is bigger than he is” – and I don’t doubt it at all, given the company he keeps), with a “Sam’s NICU” hat.
And then there was comedy – terrific stuff, too. Jane (“I live in Greenwich, CT, but I’m still a nice person”) Condon opened the evening. Jane’s from Brockton, MA – a long way, as she noted, from Greenwich. She illustrated this by telling the story of her Irish grandmother, who still lives in Brockton, and the lovely appliquéd pillow she displays in her living room, with its message in delicate script: “Don’t Make Me Hurt Ya.”
Jane also demonstrated some typical Greenwich apparel – she showed us the black velvet headband (“They hand these out at the Triborough bridge”) and the the Greenwich nightgown (“Nothing can get in or out”). She reassured us, too, that if you forget your pearls when you go to the grocery store, management will be happy to lend you some.
My favorite bit: tired of being ignored by her teenaged sons, she resorted to asking them about their plans via mom rap: “When ya gonna be b-back, b-back, b-b-b-b-b-back?” Lots of other funny marital bits, too, about snoring, breasts, and sex. (“What’s the big deal about same-sex marriage? My husband and I have been having the same sex for 32 years.”) Go see Jane, if you get a chance! She’s funny.
Steve Salzberg is himself an amateur comic, and he riffed, observational comedy style, on cars, Facebook, the remote control, and proctologists (docs who’ve been advised to “Set your sights a bit lower” – ba-dum-BUM). And about his mixed-faith marriage, too: his Italian wife puzzles over which shawl to wear to temple.
Jeff Caldwell took the stage next; his is an intelligent and wry brand of humor, with an accent on absurdity – very funny, very dry. “How are things in East Hanover these days?” he asked the crowd. “I’m from Hoboken, so I’m often out this way looking for a parking space.” He’s worried, he says, about all the animals – glowing green butterflies and roosters – in the ads for people with anxiety and insomnia; yikes! That stuff’s scary enough to keep you up all night. And what about all these very active people with herpes? “I’m no epidemiologist,” he admitted, “but maybe we ought to take a look at these rental kayaks.”
He’s an animal lover, though: “In the suburbs, all the dogs are part pit bull – but then, so are the cats.” On still paying off his college loans: “My kids will not only have to pay for their own schooling, but for my college loans as well. I shouldn’t have to pay for information I can’t remember. If I’d have stolen this money, I’d be out of prison by now.”
On the digital age: “My computer’s operating system? It’s….electricity, I think.” On anti-bacterial soap: “I thought anti-bacterial was part of the contract we had with soap. What the hell have I been washing my hands with all these years?” Jeff’s really a funny guy – this is where the belly-laughs I was talking about above came in – and appears at Caroline’s on a regular basis. Go see him, too, if you’re in the neighborhood.
I’d particularly like to thank Marie Percell – Doris’ mother – who more or less took me in hand for the evening, offering me coffee and soda to start, and later, dinner. “Help yourself,” she told me, “there’s plenty of food.” When I demurred, saying I’d eaten dinner before I’d come, she repeated it, staring at me with a steely glint in her eye: “Help yourself. There’s plenty of food.” And then she added, for good measure, “Don’t ever argue with an Italian grandmother.” And at that point I knew I was beaten, so I headed for the tortellini – a good move. Mmmm.
It was a wonderful, inspiring evening. Laughter and food and warmth, all suffused by a sort of quiet awe at the lovely sorts of things human beings get up to – at the amazing things people can accomplish in this world. Sometimes, on some unexpected particular day, it’s just great to be alive.
By Marie Pfeifer
Valentine’s Day is all about hearts and love. At Morristown Memorial Hospital last Sunday, love was overflowing and hearts were the focus at a Valentine’s Day party that also marked National Congenital Cardiac Defect Awareness Day.
Some 142 children and parents attended this second annual party. The children ranged in age from infants months to 22-year-olds. All have had open-heart surgery or other medical procedures to fix congenital heart defects.
Heart conditions are the most common birth defect worldwide, according to Christine Donnelly, director of the hospital’s pediatric cardiology unit.
“The good news is today the defects are more easily diagnosed. As many adults as children are living with congenital heart defects, due to improved diagnostic and surgical techniques,” the cardiologist said.
Photos by Marie Pfeifer. Click icon below for captions.
Margaret Michelli, a social worker in the pediatric cardiac unit at Goryeb Children’s Hospital, said she was hired three years ago “to help families feel less isolated” when dealing with these medical issues in their children.
“I pair them up with families who have had some experience with what they are going through. I enlist the aid of speakers to address their issues as well as psychologists to address their concerns. We also have monthly support groups.”
Michelli said she encourages families to talk about things beyond their children’s medical situation, to lessen the sense of isolation.
Claudine Salayko and her three-year-old daughter, Cassandra, had much to celebrate on Sunday.
“Cassandra was one day old when she was diagnosed with a hole in her heart in front of one of the valves. The location of the hole in her heart is very rare. When she was 19 months old she had surgery to correct it and she’s been fine ever since.
“Since that time she has checkups every two months. This event today is to raise awareness of the prevalence of congenital heart defects in children. For my husband, Mike, and me, we don’t forget for a day.”
Tours of an inflatable, walk-in replica of a heart were conducted by Raul Cadovid, health educator at Overlook Hospital. This was a golden opportunity to learn about the organ from the inside.
“We use the heart to teach school children about the function of the heart and many of the defects and problems that can occur,” said Cadovid. “They learn about proper nutrition and exercise.”
Stewart Kaufman, a pediatric cardiologist for 25 years said technology has progressed so many congenital cardiac defects now are repaired “in the catherization lab instead of the operating room.”
The children enjoyed visiting with certified therapy dogs from St. Hubert’s Giralda, as part of the PAWS for People Program.
Clowns and music added to the festivities, which included fresh fruit, red velvet cupcakes, brownies, chocolates and numerous other sweets to please young and old.
Magic Bob had exuberant children happily calling out responses to questions leading into his magic show.
Seven-year-old David Deininger was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS), a non-working left ventricle. David’s mother, Ann, said David has undergone three open heart surgeries and three catherizations at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. His first surgery came when he was just 12 hours old. Surgery followed at age nine months and again before he was four.
“The corrections have been palliative and the prognosis is good for him,” said Ann Deininger. “I have been told he is more high-functioning than most children with this defect. He can ride a bike, run and play but not participate in contact sports. David takes Coumadin every day” to prevent blood clotting.
Despite 13 hospitalizations, David is friendly and pleasant. One never would suspect what he and the other children have endured.
The party was a celebration of their remarkable progress, and of inextricably linked anniversaries of births and surgeries.
Samantha Marie Salzberg was born at Morristown Memorial Hospital in the spring of 1987. Soon after her birth, doctors determined that Samantha was suffering from a heart ailment and needed to be transferred to a facility that could offer specialized care that Morristown Memorial could not, at the time, provide.
During her transfer to Columbia Presbyterian in Manhattan, Samantha developed an infection that eventually destroyed her immune system; she died two months later.
East Hanover resident Steve Salzberg, Samantha’s dad, was determined that other parents be spared the grief he’d experienced – and that other babies have top-notch neo-natal intensive care available to them right here in Morristown.
He and his wife Doris have since worked tirelessly to bring to life his vision of a top-tier neo-natal intensive care unit (NICU) at Morristown Memorial Hospital.
And so it has happened: “Sam’s NICU” opened in March 2008 at Goryeb Children’s Hospital, in a new section dedicated to NICU kids. Today, Morristown Memorial Hospital is a premier provider of neonatal intensive care in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Connecticut.
A father’s love
About 14 percent of the 3,500 babies born at Morristown Memorial Hospital each year require specialized care in the NICU. And they have it today, thanks to Sam’s NICU.
There are 34 rooms now, private or semi-private, and space for parents to stay with their children while they get better. Comfortable family areas in each patient room make Sam’s NICU so different from the days when even Columbia Presbyterian’s facility consisted only of beds with curtains between them. The NICU can treat up to 45 babies at one time and even accommodate multiple birth babies.
Sam’s Fund was established in 1998 by Steve and Doris. A few years later they pledged $1.5 million to have the new NICU named in Samantha’s memory. Steve and Doris have raised over $400,000 so far, via a series of fundraising drives and events: dinners, music events, a golf outing. Together, they have lent immense moral support to the effort as well – and Doris volunteers at the NICU each Thursday as a “hugger.”
Another fundraiser is in the works for next Friday, Feb. 18: Jeff Caldwell and Jane Condon will bring their comedy to the Hanover Manor, at 16 Eagle Rock Avenue in East Hanover.
The benefit starts at 7 o’clock, and a ticket ($80 per person, half of that tax-deductible) is admission to a cocktail reception and complete buffet dinner and dessert, as well as a live band, raffles and an auction.
Jeff Caldwell (www.standupguy.com) has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson; his act has been described as “clean and clever,” with a quirky point of view. (George Carlin called him “funny and smart” after a show at Caroline’s in New York.)
Jane Condon (www.janecondon.com) lives in Greenwich, Connecticut (“but she’s still a nice person”) and was the New York Audience Favorite on NBC’s Last Comic Standing. She writes for the Huffington Post and CNN.com; Associated Press called her “an upper-crust Roseanne.” The mother of two riffs on marriage, husband, kids, politics and other topics.
Steve’s an amateur comic himself. His wife gave him the gift of classes at comedy school - Caroline’s in Manhattan — as a 40th birthday present. He’ll do about 15 minutes of stand-up himself, in between the two professionals; he does observational comedy.
It’s the second annual comedy night benefit for Sam’s NICU – and everybody’s welcome. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Steve Salzberg at 973-319-8300 ext. 204, or visit www.samsnicu.com.
Looking for a great place to work? According to Fortune magazine, you need look no farther than Morristown Memorial Hospital.
Nurses earn an average salary of $84,000, and Morristown Memorial and Overlook hospitals both offer on-site daycare for children and grandchildren of employees, the magazine says.
Atlantic Health CEO Joseph Trunfio is scheduled to join Fortune and other CEOs to ring Friday’s closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange.
Goryeb Children’s Hospital is offering flu shots for children and their caregivers from 3 pm to 7 pm today at the Atlantic Health offices on 475 South St. Prices are $38 to $35.
Vaccinations for tetanus, diphtheria, and whooping cough also are available for $75. Cash or personal checks only; no credit cards.
Here are more details from the hospital:
GORYEB CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL ANNOUNCES PEDIATRIC FLU VACCINATION CLINICS
FLU, OTHER VACCINATIONS AVAILABLE FOR CHILDREN, ACCOMPANYING CAREGIVERS
MORRISTOWN, NJ NOVEMBER 2010 – Goryeb Children’s Hospital, part of Atlantic Health, the parent company of Morristown Memorial Hospital and Overlook Hospital, will host flu vaccinations for children and accompanying parents or caregivers throughout the fall and winter at Atlantic Health’s headquarters located at 475 South Street, Morristown, NJ.
The walk-in clinics, offered through Maxim Health Systems, will offer vaccinations for both seasonal influenza and the H1N1 strain. Children eight years and younger receiving vaccine for the first time should receive 2 doses (separated by at least 4 weeks).
The flu vaccine will be offered in both an injectable version for people ages six months to 21 years (with a preservative-free version available) for $28 and the Flumist version, for people ages two to 21 years, for $35. Parents and caregivers accompanying children can also be vaccinated for the same fee.
In addition to the flu vaccine, parents and caregivers will also be able to receive vaccinations for tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough) for $75. The fee for each vaccination must be paid at the time of service by using cash or personal check; credit cards will not be accepted.
The dates for the clinics will be:
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Thursday, January 27, 2011
TIME: 3:00pm – 7:00pm
LOCATION: 1st Floor, Atlantic Health, 475 South Street, Morristown, NJ 07962
In order to receive a flu vaccination, you must:
- Not have an allergy to chicken eggs and/or egg products
- Not have an allergy to Thimerosal (used as a preservative in vaccines)
- Not be exhibiting symptoms other than mild coughing, runny nose and/or diarrhea
- Not have a history of Guillain-Barré Syndrome
- Not had a serious reaction after receiving a prior influenza vaccination
- Meet any CDC eligibility requirements required at the date of service.