Celebrating the Support of the Campaign for Building Excellence in Emergency Care
Morristown Medical Center’s ability to deliver high-quality health care has always been built on donors’ collective interest and generous philanthropy. The Campaign for Building Excellence in Emergency Care to expand and modernize the Sameth Emergency Department is just the latest example of this giving spirit.
“We are overwhelmed with gratitude to witness the swift mobilization of our donor community as we approach our $10 million goal,” said Bill Marino, Campaign for Building Excellence in Emergency Care chairman and Foundation for Morristown Medical Center trustee. “As our momentum continues to build, we have increased our fundraising goal to $12.5 million to support additional vital equipment upgrades, new technology and educational opportunities.”
The need for expansion and modernization of the Sameth Emergency Department became apparent during the pandemic as our communities increasingly relied on the life-saving care of our Level 1 Regional Trauma Center. To continue to ensure the highest level of care for our patients, an immediate expansion and update became crucial.
“We are thrilled to bring a much-needed, newly expanded, modern emergency department to our community,” said Trish O’Keefe, PhD, RN, president of Morristown Medical Center and senior vice president and chief nurse executive for Atlantic Health System. We continue to provide extraordinary, high-quality care; the latest technology; and modernized space to continue to serve our community now, and well into the future.”
Equipping the Sameth Emergency Department with best-in-class technology was the medical center’s top priority. Advanced CT scanners that shorten imaging time for pediatric patients not only remove the need for anesthesia but also help improve operational flow as patient volumes continue to climb. The expansion portion of the project will increase the department’s square footage, providing space for additional beds to accommodate an additional 30,000 patient visits per year. Furthermore, two new trauma elevators with rooftop access for the arrival of our most critical patients and the renovation of the two existing elevator cars will support the speedy access of helicopter arrivals.
The most significant undertaking of the project is the relocation of the Gagnon Children’s Emergency Department to the first floor of Goryeb Children’s Hospital, offering a separate entrance for pediatric patients. New rooms for advanced emergency pediatric care designed to treat children with autism and behavioral health issues will also be added.
“The passion of so many to commit to our cause the moment a need arises is the hallmark of this extraordinary donor community,” said Marino. “It’s why we have been able to dream, expand, flourish and grow as a medical center.”
Generous contributions to the campaign include a $2.5 million grant from the Margaret A. Darrin Charitable Trust and $500,000 grant from the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey as well as major gifts from the D’Aloia Family Foundation, John and Sheridan Greeniaus, the Ann K. Kirby Foundation, Thomas Maoli, the late Allan and Barbara Staats, Frank and Mimi Walsh and many others. We thank your donor community for their generosity and support for Morristown Medical Center.
To donate to the Campaign for Building Excellence in Emergency Care, visit f4mmc.org/Sameth-ED.
Thank you to our generous community of donors for helping us to Build Excellence in Emergency Care at Morristown Medical Center. This dynamic campaign honor roll reflects campaign contributions through February 16, 2023, and will be updated quarterly as we approach our campaign goal.
We thank you again for your incredible generosity and support of our medical center.