Care management services to patients on the medical/surgical floors who have substance use disorders following their discharge to maximize the likelihood of recovery and follow-up with aftercare plans.
The Need: $76,471/year
HELP is a comprehensive program of care for hospitalized older patients, designed to prevent delirium and function 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. This program relies on grants and philanthropic support.
TeamSTEPPS (Team Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety) is a teamwork system for health care professionals that was developed by the Department of Defense's Patient Safety Program and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in 2006. It is designed to improve health care professionals' teamwork and communication skills as they relate to improving patient safety. TeamSTEPPS creates a culture of situational awareness, mutual support and a shared model for those who work in high stress areas, such as labor and delivery, by using tools and techniques that:
Morristown Medical Center has been designated a NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Health system Elders) hospital with “Exemplar” status and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as a top hospital nationwide for geriatrics. We have dramatically grown our geriatric medicine offerings and provide some of the finest care for older adults in our community. This fund will be used to make strategic investments in continued education, training and new programs for our patients.
This annual conference is held at Morristown Medical Center and offers nurses, physicians and allied health professionals continuing education in the field of geriatrics. This conference typically attracts 150 attendees from both within Atlantic Health System and communication organizations that care for older adults, such as home care, nursing facilities, etc. Funding will support keynote speaker fees and conference expenses.
Diabetes that develops during pregnancy is called gestational diabetes, a condition in which a pregnant woman without previous diabetes develops high blood sugar levels. Gestational diabetes can affect the health of both the mother and fetus. All pregnant women without a history of diabetes are tested during their pregnancy. Studies have shown that special treatment for diabetes in pregnancy leads to reduction in serious newborn complications and reduced rates of complications for the mother.
MMC recognizes that nursing excellence is achieved in large part of advanced education. Research shows that nurses who achieve a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree are better prepared to meet the demands placed on them and are valued for their skills in critical thinking, quality of patient care and leadership, as well as their ability to practice across a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings. Rapid changes in technology and health care require nurses to become certified in a clinical specialty - like oncology or emergency medicine - to help them perform at their highest level. Because many nurses struggle to cover the cost of tuition, funding will be provided for education scholarships for qualifying nurses.
At the Center for Nursing Innovation and Research, nurses exchange ideas and develop solutions to existing or emerging health concerns to improve clinical outcomes for patients and their families. Securing a 3-D printer will facilitate the creation of new designs. The printer will allow nurses to translate innovative ideas to actual objects. Simple innovations such as hooks, shelves or other gadgets that facilitate efficient and safe patient care can be created for a trial basis.
The Need: $75,530
We are establishing a precision oncology program to investigate the use of genetic sequencing to improve cancer care, identifying subtle differences in each patient's cancer that potentially suggests the right treatment, at the right time, in the most cost-effective manner. As part of Atlantic Precision Oncology, we will be initiating a Molecular Tumor Board, a monthly multidisciplinary meeting to evaluate the patients for optimal treatment, based on the molecular testing of their cancer and/or immune system. Funds will go toward the purchase of specialized computer software to manage these care decisions and suggest treatment and research options.
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 include massage, acupuncture and nutritional consultations.
The cost of drugs continues to rise as new agents enter the market and patients remain on therapy for years. Therapy costs, coupled with the changing landscape of insurance coverage, high deductible plans and lifetime caps on health care expenses, leave many cancer patients with a large financial burden. Many are not aware of the subsidy programs available to help defray out of pocket expenses. We seek to hire a full-time expert in the field who is knowledgeable about coverage, drug assistance programs and national and local foundations able to offer financial assistance. This uniquely skilled person will help patient complete forms, gather the necessary documentation and submit applications for needed assistance.
We will examine the stress hormones of patients undergoing surgery to treat a sarcoma (cancerous tumor) and compare it to those having surgery for benign tumors versus a control group. The goal is to determine if patients with abnormally high stress hormone responses correlate to poorer outcomes. We may then be able to modify the response. Funding is needed to cover sample collection and testing and a stipend for each control volunteer.
Seed funding is needed to initiate several studies in our Total Joint Program. The first will focus on reducing infection rates for patients undergoing a total joint replacement. Funding will cover administrative research costs.
These MRI-compatible goggles will reduce sedation for our pediatric patients during MRI and help to make the MRI experience less frightening and more enjoyable. These goggles allow patients to watch DVD movies, cable TV, iPad videos or listen to music while in the MRI. This will be a great benefit for our new pediatric cardiology imaging program.
The Need: $53,500
Now in its 12th year, neoFORUM has become the preeminent academic neonatology conference in the state. This program attracts internationally recognized leaders in the field who discuss contemporary and controversial issues regarding the care of our fragile patients. Philanthropic support will allow our NICU nurses, respiratory therapists and rehabilitation therapists from Goryeb Children's Hospital to attend without charge.
Both nationally and in the state of New Jersey, there has been a concerted effort to improve outcomes and foster self-management for patients diagnosed with chronic diseases. In support of this effort, Atlantic Health System will sponsor a pilot to assess a Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) capability for patients diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), congestive heart failure (CHF), diabetes, and/or comprehensive care for join replacement (CJR). RPM equips patients with software, tablets, and Bluetooth-enabled blood pressure cuffs, scales, pulse oximeters and glucometers to collect and monitor vitals data in real time. Patients will receive automated alerts, reminders and feedback based on their readings and can even have a consultation with a nurse or provider in real time when readings are out of range, all from the comfort of their home. The goals of the pilot will be to reduce inpatient readmissions and improve patient engagement for patients diagnosed with chronic conditions.
Funding is needed for an ultrasound machine and to cover the cost for kits. The goal of the center is to provide for comprehensive diagnostic evaluation and management of referred patients with degenerative musculoskeletal conditions using MSKUS and orthobiologics. Utilizing a multidisciplinary, multispecialty approach, care will be delivered to patients during all stages of their evaluation and treatment.
Audio and visual improvements to our Atlantic Sports Health conference room will include updating our projector and obtaining a laser projector. This will also give us the capabilities to video all of our events and post on the internet for promotion, marketing and educational materials.
The Women's Health Clinic is a full-service charity care program of Morristown Medical Center that offers OB/GYN medical services for socioeconomically disadvantaged women. Most patients are Hispanic or Latina women who experience poverty, poor nutrition and sub-standard housing and have limited access to health services. The Women's Health Clinic serves as their medical home by providing culturally sensitive, high-quality health care at no cost.
Philanthropic support is needed for the clinic's Prenatal Counseling & Guidance Program, which teaches patient and their families how to adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle and achieve a healthy weight after pregnancy. The program offers counseling sessions, bilingual health education and referrals to community resources. Funding is needed for the salaries of the bilingual program educator, as well as for program supplies and activities such as cooking, yoga and educational materials. The Women's Health Clinic is funded solely by philanthropy.
Animal-assisted therapy (pet therapy) offers many positive benefits to patients and enhances the hospital's healing culture. Pet therapy has been shown to decrease depression and anxiety, as well as lower blood pressure. Emotionally, it provides comfort, fosters a positive attitude and relieves the loneliness and homesickness of a hospital stay. Morristown Medical Center has more than 80 pet therapy teams, each made up of a registered volunteer and his or her trained dog. Our pet therapy teams provide nearly 2,000 visits each year, reaching approximately 30,000 individuals. Philanthropic funds support the monthly expenses associated with the pet therapy hospital visits; sponsor volunteer training, registration and recognition events and help fund the bi-annual pet therapy educational conference.
The Need: $30,000
Parking charges at the hospital may present a burden to some families, especially to the underserved or those who have a family member hospitalized for an extended period of time. Recognizing the impact this may have on those families, Claudia and Ken Silverman established and funded the Claudia and Kenneth Silverman Parking Program. Our social workers, patient liaisons and care managers are in a unique position to identify those who need financial assistance. Working with security and the parking garages, parking fees will be eliminated for those families. We are seeking funds to help augment and sustain this new program. We anticipate approximately 5,000 families will qualify for this program.
The Need: $25,000
While advances in technology have enabled people with chronic or serious illness to live longer, the human dimension of suffering is often overlooked. In specialized palliative care, the goal is to provide day-to-day relief from symptoms and improve quality of life for these patients. Unlike hospice, palliative care can take place during curative treatment and include medical and non-medical support, such as pain and symptom management, discussion about treatment choices and care goals, health system navigation and caregiver and family support. Atlantic Health System will implement a new systemwide outpatient palliative care program. For patients in our area, palliative services will be provided through two Atlantic Medical Group practices conveniently location between Morristown and Overlook Medical Centers. Philanthropy is needed to fund the first three years of the project to cover staffing, program development and telemedicine.
The Need: $306,000
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