Why do people give to the Foundation for Morristown Medical Center? Often, it’s gratitude for outstanding care, a tribute to someone special or the comfort of having a world-class health care facility right in their backyard.  What all have in common is the assurance that their dollars are being put to good use at Morristown Medical Center, whether it’s for life-saving care, programs and services, buildings and equipment or ground-breaking research.

If you would like to tell why you support the medical center, please contact Regi Diverio, director of communications and donor relations, at 973-593-2428 or regi.diverio@atlantichealth.org.

Joan Millspaugh: Healing Actions

Practicing Jin Shin Jyutsu is more than a job for Joan Millspaugh; it’s a way of life. It’s also the major reason she and her husband, Sandy, recently established a $50,000 endowment for the Inpatient Integrative Medicine (IM) program at Morristown Medical Center. Read more

Associates in Cardiovascular Disease: Going the Distance for Heart Patients

Associates in Cardiovascular Disease (AICD) has watched firsthand the Cardiac Surgery Program’s steady rise to be one of the highest ranking programs for cardiology and heart surgery in the country. More than a quarter-of-a-century of teamwork between the hospital and this group of 15 physicians led AICD to donate most generously to Campaign 3SIXTY and the newly endowed Parr Chair in Cardiovascular Surgery, honoring Grant V.S. Parr, MD, physician-in-chief and founder of the Cardiac Surgery Program.  Read more

Bob Iovino: Blessing Those Who Were a Blessing to Him

Bob Iovino still remembers the nurse at Carol G. Simon Cancer Center who took care of his wife, Marcia, when she began treatments several years ago.
“She told us we were in her prayers every day,” says Mr. Iovino.  “It gave us hope when we were terrified.” His recent gifts to the Cancer Center of Excellence Fund are small tokens of thankfulness, made in loving memory of his wife, who passed last June.  Read more

Ed and Ruth Hennessy: Helping Elderly Patients Find Their Balance

When Ruth Hennessy experienced confusion and struggled with walking after being hospitalized in Florida, she and her husband, Ed, knew they wanted to support a program that dealt with these issues. The Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP) at Morristown Medical Center was the perfect fit and will be the recipient of a $1 million bequest from their estate.  Read more

 Tons of Toys: Learning Through the Art of Play

Toys are a magical component of childhood, and for children struggling with behavioral or developmental challenges they’re also an essential aspect of learning. That’s why Tons of Toys gave $2,000 worth of new toys to the Child Development and Autism Center at Goryeb Children’s Hospital this past year.  Read more

William E. Simon Foundation

Helping others when they need it most was something the late William E. Simon felt strongly about – so strongly, in fact, that he started Project Independence, a Foundation for Morristown Medical Center fund that financially assists patients who fall behind in their bills after long bouts of illness. Read more

Michelle Bychowsky: Ensuring Others Receive the Care She Did

Young, healthy and active doesn’t usually add up to cardiac arrest, but for 34-year-old Michelle Bychowsky the odds in her favor proved wrong.

“My colleagues immediately knew it was a serious problem when I stopped talking in the middle of a presentation and laid my head down on the conference room desk,” says Mrs. Bychowsky. There were two emergency medical technicians in the building who rushed to the scene. “I was defibrillated a total of seven times,” she says.  Read more

Maureen Colon: Gaining Pride by Giving Support

Defining ‘dedicated employee’ is much easier once you know Maureen Colon, RN. Mrs. Colon started working at Morristown Medical Center in 1996 and soon began setting aside money from her paychecks – not for a vacation or a luxury item, but for the hospital.

“Over the years, my family and I have received care from the hospital,” says the clinical coordinator of the Cardiac Catheterization Lab at Gagnon. “I personally and professionally benefitted from this institution and thought it was the right thing to do.” Read more

Catherine Mazzola, MD: Helping Those Who Need It Most 

A love for children is clearly evident in every facet of Dr. Mazzola’s life. Not only does she delight in being the mother of five, but she also has the pleasure of working with children everyday as director of the Pediatric Neurological Surgery Program and founder and now co-director of the Craniofacial Center at Goryeb Children’s Hospital. Read more

Bryan Gregg: Turning His Talents to Philanthropy

As owner and chef of Escape restaurant, Bryan Gregg has coupled his desire to become an accomplished restaurateur with a personal wish to remember those who helped him overcome testicular cancer at Morristown Medical Center. In doing so, he has raised $5,000 for Carol G. Simon Cancer Center with his Farm-To-Fork Dinner Series.

Mr. Gregg recently passed the 10-year mark of living cancer free and will never forget the care he received while being treated for more than a year at the hospital. Read more

Robert and Barbara Luciano: Supporting Their Hometown Hospital 

Although it was more than 45 years ago, Robert Luciano will always remember the care his father received at Morristown Medical Center while being treated for pancreatic cancer. Over the years, donating to the hospital became his and his wife Barbara’s language of loyalty.

Most recently, a $500,000 gift toward Campaign 3SIXTY was earmarked for the Nancy and Skippy Weinstein Inpatient Hospice and Palliative Care Center and the Head Family Inpatient Psychiatric and Behavioral Health Center. Read more

Ed Reid: Recognizing Acts of Kindness 

Even after changing his permanent residency to Florida during retirement, the late Ed Reid never wavered in his commitment to Morristown Medical Center.

Just prior to his passing, he gave two $1 million gift annuities, earmarked as unrestricted funds, to Campaign 3SIXTY. Allowing the hospital to decide the best use of his gifts further validated his trust in an institution he saw as always on the forefront of medical breakthroughs. Read more

The Valerie Fund: Filling the Needs of Children and Families

Most parents don’t realize that, when a child is seriously ill, the whole family needs treatment. Supporting the psychosocial needs of children during their illness and the needs of their families is precisely why the Valerie Fund has given $200,000 to the Valerie Fund Children’s Center at Goryeb.

“The family is impacted in ways that aren’t apparent on the surface,” says Barry Kirschner, executive director of the Valerie Fund. Read more

Terry Finan: Hitting the Re-set Button

Short Hills resident Terry Finan knew something was a little off with his health, but he couldn’t figure out what was wrong.

The married father of three at first thought he had come down with the flu or mononucleosis: "I was having night sweats and chills during the day," he says. "It went on for weeks." Read more

Bob and Nancy Boye: Paying it Forward  

“It’s all very basic why we donated to palliative care,” says Bob Boye. “Our daughter, Whitney, died in the hospital.”

At the time of Whitney’s admission to the hospital, she was fortunate that a larger room was available that could accommodate her family, too.  Read more

Joann Spera: Doing Good Just Because

It has been said that "the purpose of life is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, and to have it make some difference."

Joann Spera, educational liaison for the Valerie Center at Goryeb Children’s Hospital, lives this maxim every day. For the past 12 years, she has raised money for juvenile diabetes.  Read more

Glenn Yarnis: Helping Others Get Fit

When Glenn Yarnis arrived at Morristown Medical Center’s Emergency Department (ED) in the midst of having a heart attack he couldn’t help noticing the friendly and calming nature of everyone on the ED team.

“It was my one and only time ever in a hospital as a patient,” says Mr. Yarnis.  Read more

The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey: Helping Those Who Can’t Help Themselves

Addressing gaps in health care delivery and supplying unmet health care needs are a direct reflection of the Jewish values of tzedakah (charity and righteousness) and tikkum olam (repairing the world). The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey (HFNJ) is guided by these principles, drawing on its founders’ Jewish traditions.  Read more

Dorothy and J. Lloyd Huck, Jr.: Pioneering a New Vision for Cardiology

College sweethearts who were married for 69 years, Dorothy and J. Lloyd Huck, Jr.,  devoted much of their volunteer efforts to Morristown Medical Center.

A true humanitarian and business leader, the late Mr. Huck served as a Foundation trustee emeritus, an Augusta Stone Award recipient and a former hospital board chairman. Read more

Joanne Friedman: Celebrating a Milestone Cancer-Free

Joanne Friedman had just retired from teaching, and was planning on living her dream as a freelance writer on a 30-acre horse farm in Sussex County, when she was suddenly diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Over the next few years, she successfully rallied through surgery and chemotherapy.  Read more

Kids4Kids: Bringing Their A-Game

Running a successful nonprofit philanthropic organization takes hard work, passion and, in this instance, the creative energy of kids. The Kids4Kids Committee, the Foundation's youth philanthropy group, has proven itself, many times over, in its ability to find entertaining ways to raise funds for Goryeb Children's Hospital.  Read more

Susan Caputo: Finding a Home for a House

Not many people are saddled with owning too many residences but this was exactly the problem that Susan Caputo, nurse manager for Atlantic Ambulance, and her brother Peter found themselves in after inheriting their late mother’s retirement home.  Read more

Peter Grimm: Honoring his Wife’s Wishes

When Peter Grimm, along with sons Peter Jr. and Brian, visited the Leslie Grimm Lung Cancer Patient and Family Support Program they were visibly moved by the overwhelming gratefulness of the patients. One patient even noted there is nothing else like it in the community.  Read more

Morristown Pathology Associates: Emphasizing Team Spirit

For over 25 years, Morristown Pathology Associates (MPA) has supported hospital campaigns spanning oncology to pediatrics.  Although the MPA pathologists aren’t Morristown Medical Center employees, this group of dedicated professionals, in true team spirit, puts its money wherever the need is.  Read more

Jack Bradley: Healing Through Giving

With four children under age 8 and a wife battling breast cancer, Jack Bradley was thankful for the support systems helping him manage, particularly the Child Life Program at Carol G. Simon Cancer Center.  Read more

Susan Armbrust: Growing and Giving With Every Step

Although she doesn’t like to buy for herself, Susan Armbrust certainly knows how to keep a well-stocked shop with just the right merchandise on hand.  Read more

Linda Reed: Making Technology Work for Patients

With a background in nursing, Vice President of Information Systems and Chief Information Officer Linda Reed, RN, knows firsthand how Atlantic Health System’s technology can best enhance patient care.  Read more

The Jeffrey Frank Wacks Memorial Fund: Bringing Comfort through Music

“The hospital really wants to involve the community and embrace it,” says Linda Wacks, co-founder (with her husband, Edward) of the Jeffrey Frank Wacks Memorial Fund. “From that point of view, I am most proud of what we have accomplished with our music programs over the last 10 years.”   Read more

Judy Abrams: Treating People with Dignity and Care

“Morristown Medical Center treats people like human beings, not numbers,” says donor and volunteer Judy Abrams. She should know; she’s had first-hand experience.  Mrs. Abrams’ husband, Joseph, was treated for lung cancer at Morristown by oncologist Kenneth Adler, MD. By the time the avid runner and non-smoker transferred here, he had already undergone surgery at a prestigious New York cancer center and his cancer had metastasized.  Read more

The Joyces: Keeping Their Employer Strong

During Mary K. Joyce’s 17-year career at Morristown Medical Center’s Shinn-Lathrope Health Sciences Library, she has witnessed the transformation from paper indexes and snail mail to an electronically based library system ushered in with the Internet and email. Yet during her tenure, one thing has remained constant: her annual donations to the medical center.  Read more

Gary's Wine & Marketplace: Ensuring Good Medicine

Gary Fisch believes that wine brings people together, and for nearly 25 years he’s been doing just that through Gary’s Wine & Marketplace, his fine wine and gourmet food shops in Madison, Bernardsville and Wayne. But this wine connoisseur goes one step further by helping the community through the support of local causes, including Morristown Memorial. Read more

Delta Dental: Helping Special Populations

For those with limited means, visiting the dentist can be viewed as a luxury that gets pushed aside.  But the Delta Dental of New Jersey Foundation has made it easier for two groups of Morris County residents to receive complimentary dental care at The Leonard Szerlip Dental Center at Morristown Memorial.   Read more

The Simons: Carrying On a Caring Tradition

The way William E. and Carol G. Simon lived their lives imparted a profound message to their children: Give back to the community, especially to those in need. Read more

Terry Adriano de Oliveira: Making Every Moment Count

Almost five years ago, Terry Adriano de Oliveira found herself extremely short of breath and after visiting a pulmonologist, Erwin Oei, MD, she received the startling diagnosis: pulmonary hypertension. There is no cure to this rare disease.  Read more

The Kirbys: Continuing a Family Legacy

When Fred Kirby’s grandfather, Fred Morgan Kirby, founded the F.M. Kirby Foundation in 1931, he had no idea that it would blossom into a $500 million enterprise that supports over 300 organizations, including Morristown Memorial. Read more

The Sameths: Supporting a Vital Local Resource

For Robert and Susan Sameth of New Vernon, supporting the Health Foundation’s $4.5 million Emergency Department (ED) expansion campaign is a natural fit. Read more

The da Vinci Robot Committee: Uniting in a Common Cause

It’s unusual to hear men talking frankly about sensitive, personal issues, such as prostate cancer surgery and its disconcerting, though often temporary, side effects. But that’s just what happened at a meeting at Carol G. Simon Cancer Center for the committee raising funds to purchase a second robotic surgical device. Read more

The Cauzes: Advancing Cardiac Integrative Medicine

When Frank and Frances Cauz underwent cardiac treatment at Morristown Memorial, they expected to receive excellent medical care. What came as a pleasant surprise was the exercise program offered, as well as the complimentary Jin Shin Jyutsu® and massage therapy sessions. Read more

The O’Briens: Recognizing an Exceptional Medical Team

In the world of special-needs international adoption, time is a luxury that potential parents cannot squander. Read more

Marilyn Shavelson: Giving Wherever Help Is Needed

Suffice to say Marilyn Shavelson wastes no time. The day after she retired as a mathematics teacher from Livingston High School, she started volunteering in the Emergency Department (ED) at Morristown Memorial. That was 20 years ago and the Florham Park resident is still going strong. Read more

The Hamanns: Expanding Their ‘Family’

When Ursula and John Hamann first saw the house in Chester back in 1961, he wasn’t impressed, but she delighted in the home built for two on a hill. Today, that home, lovingly cultivated – reflecting his engineering know-how and her artistic bent – has been partially bequeathed to Morristown Memorial. Read more

The Neuners: Celebrating a Happy Ending

Sharon Neuner faced a challenge: How in the world to thank the quick-thinking doctor who saved her life and minutes later delivered her son through an emergency c-section. Read more

William Kearns: Supporting Cancer Care and So Much More

“We’re extremely fortunate to have a hospital like Morristown Memorial in our backyard, whether it’s used for little boys who break legs or people in their 80s. The hospital covers your whole life span.” Read more

The Curtins: Connecting Philanthropic Teens and Patients

Barbara Curtin wants her three children to see beyond what she jokingly calls the “Basking Ridge bubble,” where wealth abounds and large homes and luxury cars seem the norm.  Read more

Jack Ruffle: Giving from a Grateful and Healthier Heart

When Jack Ruffle was facing quintuple bypass surgery five years ago, he considered Johns Hopkins Hospital instead of Morristown Memorial for the intricate surgery. A graduate and long-time trustee of Johns Hopkins University, Mr. Ruffle called some friends for advice. Read more