Your gift – no matter its size – is more important than ever. As not-for-profit institutions, Morristown Medical Center and Goryeb Children’s Hospital count on philanthropic support for all services, programs and centers. Unrestricted Annual Fund gifts allow the hospital to direct funds where and when they need it most. Renovations, new equipment, and training programs for our nursing staff are just some examples.
Each year, the Foundation, hospital administrators and department leaders also identify several needs to focus on as annual funding priorities. These are listed below.
The OB/GYN Department at Morristown Medical Center wants to train all of its current residents and practicing physicians in forceps delivery. The use of a 3B Scientific SIMone™ simulator will allow our trainees to confidently learn and develop the skills necessary for performing complicated procedures. SIMone™ gives the opportunity to practice an instrumental delivery in a realistic manner over and over again with little or no setup time and with no risk to a patient. With this training and acquired skill set, we can be assured that our patients receive the expert care they deserve in all situations.
The Women’s Health Clinic is a full-service charity care program of Morristown Medical Center that offers OB/GYN medical services for socio-economically disadvantaged women. The Women’s Clinic was founded in the 1960s and today provides more than 15,000 medical visits and delivers over 550 babies annually. The majority of patients are Hispanic or Latina women who experience poverty, poor nutrition, sub-standard housing, and limited access to health services – all of which impact their health. Many of our patients do not have insurance, a family doctor or obtain regular physical examinations and present to us only when experiencing an OB/GYN difficulty or at various stages of pregnancy. The Women’s Health Clinic serves as their medical home by providing culturally sensitive, high quality health care at no cost.
At this time, the clinic has the following needs:
The urogynecologist specializes in the care of women with pelvic floor disorders. The Department of Urogynecology would like to incorporate an ultrasound machine into its clinical practice to help better understand how pelvic floor function relates to anatomy, and the cause and effect of pelvic floor dysfunctions. Ultrasound is also recognized as the ideal imaging modality to visualize mesh in patients who have undergone surgery to repair and strengthen a prolapse.
Five (5) Trophon® EPR and one (1) Trophon® Printer (at $57,500)
This high-level disinfection system for ultrasound probes is fast and simple. Its compact design means it can be located at the point of care, helping to improve patient workflow, while the fully enclosed system helps protect both patients and staff by limiting exposure to harmful disinfectant chemicals. As a point of care solution, it can help reduce the need to transport probes between the ultrasound suite and separate cleaning rooms. The printer accurately records each high-level disinfection cycle to meet accreditation requirements and eliminates the potential for incomplete or inaccurate record keeping.
One (1) Avalon FM20 Fetal Monitor Fetal Non-Stress Test Machine (at $8,564)
A nonstress test (NST) is done during the last three to four months of pregnancy in certain high-risk situations, usually to evaluate the fetus's health. The NST is an "external" test, which means no invasive procedures are necessary to perform the test. It can be done in the doctor's office, a hospital, or a fetal-evaluation unit. The NST is called a "nonstress" test because it evaluates the fetus without causing it any stress. Reasons for doing a nonstress test include certain high risk conditions.
Video conferencing equipment (at $20,000)
High-definition communication between sites enables physicians to review and discuss care and treatment of critical and complicated patients.
The Child Life Program offers age-appropriate play/art-based interventions and activities for children who have a parent with cancer. As the number of adults with cancer grows so, too, has the need for enhanced support. Funding will provide support to add psychoeducational group sessions, overnight retreats and more educational outreach to our current program.
An expansion of integrative medicine services into the Inpatient Unit will allow for a continuity of patient care and will reduce stress and anxiety related to an inpatient admission and cancer diagnosis. Services would include massage, acupuncture, and nutritional consultations.
We seek to hire a full-time inpatient cardiac rehab nurse or exercise physiologist to support and work with patients in our Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) and Cardiac Post Anesthesia Care Unit (CPACU). Beginning cardiac rehab as early as possible facilitates smoother recovery and quick discharge from hospital.
This post-procedure lounge, designed with the look and feel of a living room rather than a hospital room, would improve the recovery experience for patients who undergo radial cardiac catheterization. Radial catheterization, in which a catheter is threaded through an artery in the wrist – rather than the groin – is increasingly used to treat coronary artery disease because it tends to be easier for the patient to tolerate, decreases the patient’s hospital stay, reduces bleeding complications and improves patient comfort. Patients would recover in this lounge sitting up with more freedom to move.
The Women’s Heart Program fund will be used to add a resource room for patients and their families at Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute as part of an initiative to enhance the support services provided. The room will include iPad tables where patients can access ways to improve their health. It will also cover costs for a partnership with WomenHeart, a national coalition for women with heart disease. A component of this program is to train women who have recovered from an acute heart event to support other women who have recently had one. This program also provides for two volunteers to attend training in collaboration with the Mayo Clinic each year.
The Need: $50,000
The Thomas E. Reilly Heart Success Program has been working in partnership with Verizon and Medtronic over several years to explore how telemedicine can be used to help manage transitions in care for heart failure patients. Now, Morristown Medical Center is looking to take the lessons learned from using intensive telemedicine with advanced heart failure patients and apply them to all patients who have heart failure. We believe we can provide better results for our patients, decrease readmissions from cardiac events and build a model that can be replicated in other areas of acute care in the hospital. Funds will be used to build a team of nurses and a social worker who will provide oversight and care for this important patient population.
A child life specialist engages children in age-appropriate supportive activities to minimize stress and help them and their families with their health care experience. These child development professionals promote effective coping through play, preparation, education, and self-expression activities. This new position will provide support in the hospital as well as help identify families who need to stay overnight in the hospital’s new off-site apartments.
Funding is needed to cover costs associated with the design and implementation of this new group as well as resource materials (e.g. Super Flex Curriculum and Super Flex workbooks.) This would be a collaborative effort between the therapists and practitioners. The group-based social skills program will be designed to strengthen communication skills and social interaction abilities.
This program is run by Dr. Kelly Carlile, our ABA therapist, for families who cannot afford ABA therapy. Dr. Carlile works with families to develop specific goals; she then trains families on ABA methods and checks in weekly to evaluate progress and answer questions.
This symposium will prepare nurses and other neonatal health care professionals to care for infants with complex, life-limiting illnesses. They will learn how to honor each infant’s time on earth while providing relief of physical pain and suffering and supporting families with empathy and culturally sensitive respect.
Patients in most areas of Morristown Medical Center are able to receive complimentary healing and energy therapies at their bedside including Jin Shin Jyutsu, Massage, Relaxation Techniques, Guided Imagery and Reflexology.
Our integrative medicine inpatient program is the largest in the country and highly valued by the patients and our nursing staff. The program is funded entirely through philanthropy and has demonstrated that patients who receive a treatment have a reduction of 50 percent or more in their anxiety, pain and nausea.
Morristown Medical Center has been designated a NICHE hospital with “Exemplary” status and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as a top hospital nationwide for geriatrics. We have dramatically increased our offerings and provide some of the finest care for older adults in our community. These funds will be used to make strategic investments in continued education, training and new programs that will further our excellence.
Our home health aides provide temporary relief for caregivers so they can "recharge their batteries.” Medicare will pay for five consecutive days of respite care if it is provided in a skilled nursing facility. This fund will allow us to help those families who cannot move their loved one or afford to pay for in-home aide support.
This palliative medical modality is dedicated to the care of the dying with harp and voice. Music thanatologists serve at the bedside of the dying in hospitals, hospices, nursing homes and private homes.
Support is needed to provide complimentary healing and energy therapies for patients at their bedside and also for family members. Therapies include Jin Shin Jyutsu, Massage, Relaxation Techniques, Guided Imagery and Reflexology.
Morristown Medical Center has earned Magnet recognition (a gold standard achievement in the nursing industry) four consecutive times, an honor claimed by less that 1 percent of the world’s hospitals. The distinction carries through 2018, but at that time when seeking renewal, we will need to demonstrate results on an innovation in nursing research project. Innovation projects that are being considered include improvements to patients’ access to medical records, technology-connectivity/improved patient education and the mobilization of hospitalized patients to avoid physical and cognitive decline. Funding for the chosen project will be used for data analysis, IT application development, project incidentals and a capstone nurse navigator who will facilitate the innovation projects.
Morristown Medical Center has long been a leader in the field of nursing, and education and staffing needs are taken very seriously. Tenure is a key indicator to our success. We are proud to report that our nurses remain at our hospital an average of 11.19 years, and our vacancy rate is only 2 percent. An important component of maintaining our Magnet Recognition is a high level of excellence, and the program encourages registered nurses to become certified in their area of specialty. As a result, continuing education is among the top needs for nursing. This fund will allow us to meet the education needs of nurses who are working to increase their training and expertise.
A dedicated nurse practitioner who specializes in IBD will develop and implement medication protocols, oversee patient management programs, and direct or enhance access to care and services, such as psychosocial support, pain management resources, and enterostomal and wound care therapy.
Patients withholding addiction issues during admittance usually go into withdrawal during hospitalization, leading to complications with other medical issues. This new service will offer patients immediate treatment while in the hospital and continued outpatient care upon discharge. Funding will support a psychiatrist, a psychiatric advanced practice nurse and two social workers who will manage an expected influx of 30-40 patients on a weekly basis.
HELP is a comprehensive program of care for hospitalized older patients, designed to prevent delirium and functional decline. Morristown Medical Center implemented HELP on a general medical floor in September 2010. The program has grown both in scope and importance since its implementation and is one of the most successful in the country. The rate of delirium has decreased over 40 percent on most medical units and up to 60 percent on others. In addition, we’ve seen more than a two-day decreased length of stay for patients enrolled in HELP.
The program is entirely dependent on philanthropic and grant support.
In the State of New Jersey there are a growing number of patients requiring inpatient psychiatric hospitalization and a reduced number of psychiatric beds available in the community. This has resulted in an increased length of stay in the Emergency Department (ED) for individuals awaiting inpatient psychiatric placement. Four years ago, we implemented a pilot program offering psychiatric services in the ED to provide rapid treatment to psychiatric patients and a smooth transition back to their community provider or to a higher level of care.
Through this program, we have found that one of the most useful techniques used in the psychiatric ED setting is art therapy. This therapy works in tandem with traditional medical treatment to improve a patient’s physical, mental and emotional well-being. We now have a full time art therapist providing these services during the normal work week and are currently seeking funds to cover the cost of a per diem art therapist in the psychiatric ED for the weekend shifts.
The Family Health Center, Morristown’s charity care pediatric clinic, provides health literacy and psychosocial services to over 250 at-risk children and their families through the Family Counseling and Guidance Program. The program addresses the underlying causes of poor health and improves access to high quality health care services for children who are at risk for high rates of poor nutrition and childhood obesity. Funding needs for the program include salary support for a social worker and a program educator. Support is also needed for program activity fees for participant gym memberships, cooking classes, and exercise programs like “Girls On the Run.”
Atlantic Health System has had a leadership role in the North Jersey Health Collaborative over the last year. To improve population health management, we would like to start a pilot program in Morristown to look at an alarming new pattern. In North Morristown, over 500 patients were found to have a disproportionately high rate of diabetes and cardiovascular disease risk. These unmanaged diseases were driving community members to the emergency room. We are looking to hire a community health worker to provide support for these patients to help them set goals, solve problems and better manage their health risks and needs.
The late William E. Simon started Project Independence 28 years ago to help patients at Morristown Medical Center who fall behind in their bills because of extended periods of illness. Hospital caregivers identify financially burdened patients and a Project Independence committee reviews the facts and decides if a patient is eligible to receive a one-time grant of up to $5,500 to help offset their debts. Since its inception, Project Independence has helped nearly 2,000 community members.
Morristown Medical Center’s ICU provides expert care for critically ill patients. A referral center for Northwest New Jersey, this 22-bed unit experiences high patient volumes and operates close to 100 percent capacity. The current family waiting room, designed for 8 to 10 people, is small and cramped. There can be as many as 20 family members in the room at one time, who frequently spill out into the hallway. Our plan is to repurpose storage space to expand the waiting room and create a more comfortable and relaxing environment. We will also build out an office/consultation area for the ICU’s intensivists to meet privately with families. The current consultation space is small, and when there are larger families, the intensivists must use the staff break room to hold family meetings.
ICU nurses must be specially prepared to help patients manage pain and stress during their illness and to provide emotional support for them and their families when faced with end-of-life outcomes. The American Association of Critical Care Nurses holds in-depth online classes covering both topics. Funding will support online training and certification for 85 nurses.
Due to the serious condition of their patients, it is essential for ICU nurses to manage their own stress to prevent depression or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The Weinstein Inpatient Hospice and Palliative Care Center and the ICU have developed a new Resiliency Support Group specifically for nurses in those departments. Structured activities and education will be provided with the aim of reducing stress, improving teamwork and communication, and developing coping techniques. Funding is needed to support training for a staff nurse who will provide the education. The group will serve 85 nurses on an ongoing basis.
Between 46 and 80 percent of ICU patients experience a phenomenon called “Post-Intensive Care Syndrome.” This term describes the cognitive and functional impairment critically ill patients suffer at time of discharge. While the exact causes are unknown, researchers believe heavy sedation, immobility, and physical and emotional stress are to blame. Many liken the syndrome to a moderate traumatic brain injury. Funding is needed to hire a social worker who will provide real-time individualized counseling/crisis intervention for families. This approach has proven to mitigate post-discharge symptoms and improve the recovery of recent ICU patients.
This fund will finance research on bone conditions in children and adolescents. We will enroll 200 patients between ages 5 and 18 years, who are treated for fracture at the Children’s Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Center. Each will have a dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) scan soon after injury. Those with low vitamin D will begin supplements. A DXA will be repeated at six and 12 months. This may tell us if there is in fact a correlation between low vitamin D and bone mineral density, and if bone density can be improved with supplementation. The study will span two years.
DXA is not a routine part of fracture care and therefore is not covered by most insurance plans. Funding will cover the cost of the DXA and other related expenses.
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