Five Atlantic Health System team members were recognized for their life-saving actions by the New Jersey American Heartsaver or Stroke Hero Awards, which recognize those who have made a rescue effort to save lives during a cardiac or stroke emergency, and take extraordinary steps to strengthen the American Heart Association Chain of Survival.

Team members recognized are:

  • Joy Eboras & Megan Ewing – Joy and Megan are both stroke nurses at Overlook Medical Center’s Comprehensive Stroke Center.  They are dedicated to raising awareness about stroke signs and the need for quick intervention.  They educate EMS and hospital personnel, teach school children, talk to stroke victims and their families on secondary stroke prevention and quick recognition of stroke symptoms, instruct EMTs about the need for speed in stroke recognition and treatment, and talk to community groups. 

They even volunteer: Each year, they spend a weekend with patients and their families at a sleep-away stroke camp - a wonderful gift of time that combines respite care for family members, a semblance of normality for patients, and teaching moments for all.

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  • Laura Pizzano— Laura, a nurse in Morristown Medical Center’s cardiac electrophysiology unit, was at a dance hall while on vacation in New Orleans when a man collapsed. Laura immediately performed CPR and administered a shock with an AED.

“Then we felt a pulse. He had a pulse and then a few minutes later he opened his eye,” said Pizzano.“ Then the paramedics got there and he was in a normal rhythm and his oxygen level was perfect. He started communicating with us and it was just a miracle.”

  • Andrenise (Angie) Sainte-Joseph (and Kyle Wilson) – Angie, a patient care technician at Newton Medical Center, was looking out a second-floor window and spotted a man clutch his chest while walking across the parking lot and drop to the ground. She immediately used the emergency paging system to sound the alarm, and several emergency department members ran out to help.

One of those members was Kyle Wilson, assistant nurse manager, who was first on the scene and began chest compressions as they rushed the patient into the emergency department.

NJ American Heart and Stroke Hero Awards celebrate those who are working to strengthen the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association Chain of Survival including:

  • Individuals who recognize and respond in a stroke or cardiac emergency (please note that medical/EMS/police/fire professionals are eligible for consideration if they responded to a situation while off-duty),
  • People, organizations or businesses who increase the awareness, education or accessibility of CPR training and Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) and/or
  • People or groups who empower the public to recognize cardiac or stroke emergencies through education.

The Chain of Survival refers to the links critical to improving the chances of survival and recovery for heart attack, stroke and other emergencies. The links are:

  • Recognizing a heart attack, stroke or other cardiac emergency and activating the emergency response system, such as dialing 9-1-1
  • Early CPR
  • Rapid defibrillation
  • Effective advanced life support
  • Integrated post-cardiac arrest or stroke care.


About Heart Care at Atlantic Health System

Morristown Medical Center, the hub of heart care at Atlantic Health System, is one of the top 30 programs in the country for Cardiology & Cardiac Surgery (U.S. News & World Report) and one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care (Healthgrades).

Its expert team presents research across the world and is comprised of cardiac surgeons and interventional cardiologists, electrophysiologists, heart failure experts, and advanced imagers.

The program also offers specialty care for patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, sports cardiology, cardio-oncology, pediatric cardiology, and heart disease in women. The team works closely with community cardiologists who provide a medical home for patients with heart disease.

Atlantic Health System Heart Care is focused on offering minimally-invasive and non-invasive procedures that help patients return to their lives faster, including valve replacement options for the aortic, mitral, and tricuspid valve, and is helping pioneer the radial (wrist) approach for angioplasties, which is typically a one-day hospital stay.

Morristown Medical Center is home to the largest cardiac surgery and cath lab in New Jersey and offers many of the most up-to-date cardiac imaging technologies available.

Patients from Atlantic Health’s four community hospitals are seamlessly connected to Morristown when advanced cardiovascular care is necessary thanks to an infrastructure that includes helipads and ambulance transport and an electronic health record system that allows physicians to share health records in real-time.

Because of its infrastructure to support research through the Atlantic Center for Research, volume, and earned credibility with the sponsors of trials—pharmaceutical, biotech, or medical device companies—Atlantic Health System Heart Care is able to offer cutting edge and novel clinical trials that offer patients access to the latest advancements in cardiac care.


About Atlantic Health System

Atlantic Health System - Powered by a workforce of 17,000 team members and 4,800 affiliated physicians dedicated to building healthier communities, Atlantic Health System is at the forefront of medicine, serving more than half of the state of New Jersey including 11 counties and 4.9 million people. The system offers more than 400 sites of care, including seven award winning hospitals: Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center, Newton Medical Center, Chilton Medical Center, Hackettstown Medical Center, Goryeb Children’s Hospital, and Atlantic Rehabilitation Institute.

Offering a full continuum of care, the system includes Atlantic Medical Group, one of the largest multi-specialty practices in New Jersey with more than 1,000 physicians and providers, 12 urgent care centers, Atlantic Rehabilitation and Atlantic Home Care and Hospice. Facilitating the connection between these services on both land and air is the transportation fleet of Atlantic Mobile Health.

Recognized as one of the Best Places to Work by both Modern Healthcare and Fortune Magazine, Atlantic Health System attracts leaders in the field of health care, from CEO Brian Gragnolati, who is currently Chairman of the American Hospital Association, to the numerous team members who serve as leaders across a wide breadth of clinical associations and research entities. Atlantic Health System's Morristown Medical Center is named the number one hospital in New Jersey by U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek, and Castle Connelly. For more on all of Atlantic Health System’s award-winning hospitals and services visit