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Health Matters

December 3, 2021

An update on the Omicron variant of COVID-19 from Atlantic Health System experts Steven Sheris, MD, Executive Vice President, Chief Physician Executive, Atlantic Health System, President, Atlantic Medical Group and Jason Kessler, MD, section chief, infectious disease, Morristown Medical Center. For ...

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In 1987, two men put on a show for the ages in front of more than 90,000 people. In 1989, a father and son saw that show for the first time and never forgot it. Parenting is full of moments. Some good, some not so much. As parents, we are trying to make the most of our time with our kids.

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Atlantic Health System, a leading provider of health care in New Jersey, today announced that Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center, Newton Medical Center and Chilton Medical Center all earned the highest possible safety rating of ‘A’ by The Leapfrog Group in its Fall 2021 Hospital ...

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As October draws to a close, I find myself hoping that a certain line of conversation won’t fade away amid the growing bustle of the oncoming holidays.  By now, it’s pretty well known that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. I normally spend most of this month supporting, however I can, ...

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If you experience stroke symptoms, don’t test time. The cost of delayed treatment could be permanent neurological disabilities, or death. I say this bluntly in the hopes of saving lives. As we mark a second World Stroke Day during the COVID-19 pandemic, I can boil advice down to three points: ...

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For a lot of people, separating their work life from their personal life has become increasingly difficult. On this episode of Community Conversations, Federico Cerrone, MD, medical director, Atlantic Health Sleep Centers, and Kathy Robb, CHC, well-being coach, Chambers Center for Well-Being, share ...

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  All five Atlantic Health System medical centers were honored for delivering high-quality care and superior outcomes across multiple specialties in the Healthgrades 2022 Report to the Nation, released today. Among the national and regional recognitions, Morristown Medical Center became the only ...

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Mammograms can help find breast cancer early, when treatment is most successful. On this episode of Community Conversations, Lisa Bash, MD, radiologist and medical director of the Breast Center at Chilton Medical Center, discusses the most common risk factors for breast cancer, the latest ...

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Parents, if you’ve ever asked a child, from toddler to elementary school age, to pick up their toys, sit straight in their seat at the dinner table, eat their vegetables or just go to bed, only to be met with … well, not many of those goals met, then you have discovered the wonder of early ...

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Children have headed back into the classroom, so be sure to check out this Community Conversation with pediatrician Walter Rosenfeld, MD, chair of Pediatrics at Goryeb Children's Hospital and medical director of Children's Health for Atlantic Health System, who shares what parents need to know as ...

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Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center fellowship-trained scoliosis surgeon Jason E. Lowenstein, MD, leads the only surgical team in New Jersey to use a new, FDA-approved tethering system for minimally invasive scoliosis surgery that provides for flexible spinal deformity correction and ...

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Atlantic Health System’s team has another reason to celebrate its nationally renowned workplace. Today the system was named one of the 2021 PEOPLE Companies that Care® by PEOPLE magazine and Great Place to Work®. This recognition is the fourth honor Atlantic Health System has received for its ...

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Hospital recognized for clinical performance and workplace quality Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center offers one of the best environments for hospital nurses in the nation according to NurseJournal.org, a leading website for nursing education and resources. This week ...

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Atlantic Health System’s supportive and inclusive workplace culture was once again celebrated nationally, when it was named among “America’s Best Employers By State” for 2021 by Forbes. This recognition is the third such honor Atlantic Health System has received this year, joining Great Place to ...

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COVID-19 cases are on the rise again. On this episode of Community Conversations, Jason Kessler, MD, infectious disease specialist and section chief of Infectious Disease at Morristown Medical Center, shares what you need to know about the Delta variant, third doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for the ...

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My son was over at his friend's house recently. When he was picked up to come home, he appeared to be hiding something in his hands. He told my wife it was a Lego. Ok, whatever. Later that night, his friend’s mom texts my wife, telling her that her son, my son’s friend, took some money from her ...

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In vacation season, what’s better than a day in the water? Whether you’re taking a dip in the pool, launching a kayak, riding in a boat or swimming at the shore, taking a few simple safety precautions can help make sure you, your friends and your family stay safe. The biggest risk of ...

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With a particularly hot summer, it’s especially important to protect yourself from melanoma and other skin cancers. On this next Community Conversation, Eric Whitman, MD, surgical oncologist, medical director of Atlantic Health System Cancer Care, and the director of the Atlantic Melanoma Center, ...

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You’re finishing up your afternoon walk on a scorching 90-degree day when you feel a little dizzy. You check your pulse. It’s faster than normal. You’re sweating, and you feel a cramp in your left leg. Should you head indoors? Yes, says Alexander Sarenac, MD, an emergency medicine physician with ...

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 Atlantic Health System is now offering patients easier access to life-saving heart and liver transplants through a new partnership with the NYU Langone Transplant Institute. On this Community Conversation, Linda Gillam, MD, MPH, FACC, cardiologist and the Dorothy and Lloyd Huck Chair of ...

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A decade ago, a diagnosis of metastatic melanoma was often tantamount to a death sentence: the five-year survival rate was below 5%. Advances in treatment have vastly altered that narrative. As director of Atlantic Health System’s Atlantic Melanoma Center, I have witnessed the long-term survival ...

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Here we are, about 1.5 years into a pandemic, celebrating 245 years of America.  Oh, the thinks you can think about the history we are living through. Now I am not an optimist by nature.  In residency, I was told I was an optimistic pessimist.  I could be a bit fatalistic at times but I never truly ...

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Does the COVID-19 vaccine cause infertility? Why is a gynecologist so important for a woman’s health as she ages? On this episode of Community Conversations, Diana Contreras, MD, medical director of OB-GYN and Women’s Health, Atlantic Health System, separates fact from fiction and shares how women ...

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Did you know that approximately 1 in 7 mothers suffers from a postpartum mental illness, such as postpartum depression (PPD)? Did you know that approximately 1 in 10 dads suffers the same thing? And did you know that, if mom is suffering from PPD, 50% of their partners likely will as ...

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Does your child have scoliosis? Do you know what the signs are? Find out on the next Community Conversation where Jason Lowenstein, MD, medical director of Atlantic Health System’s Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center, shares how it’s diagnosed and explains why early identification is key to ...

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Atlantic Health Patients Now Able to Link Vaccination to CLEAR’s Health Pass CLEAR and Atlantic Health System have partnered to empower patients with the ability to access and share their proof of COVID-19 vaccination through CLEAR’s digital vaccine card and Health Pass. Using the free CLEAR ...

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The temperatures are up, and I think it’s safe to say, summer’s back – at least in whatever form it exists in 2021. Truth be told, summertime is not my favorite season. It’s the heat, but more importantly, the sunburns.  The biggest question I get in the office around this time is “what kind of ...

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Atlantic Health is sharing exciting changes to the leadership and composition of its Board of Trustees. The integrated care delivery system, which serves 4.9 million people in 11 counties across New Jersey and Pennsylvania, is pleased to announce its new chair, Robert E. McCracken and vice chair, ...

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If you think brain tumors are too rare to affect you, think again. Currently, 700,000 people in the United States are living with one. On this Community Conversation, physicians from the Gerald J. Glasser Brain Tumor Center explain the newest advancements in treatment options.    

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May is National Mental Health Awareness Month.  It cannot be overstated how important mental health is to us all, especially our kids.  If this was not already clear, then the pandemic certainly has made it so.  Everywhere you look, someone is talking about the toll that the pandemic has taken on ...

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