MORRISTOWN, NJ — Atlantic Health System’s Goryeb Children’s Hospital announced on Oct. 15 the opening of its expanded Joan and Edward Foley Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). The new PICU, which provides care to infants, children and adolescents with life-threatening illnesses and injuries, more than doubled its original size to 13,200-square-feet space and now offers 15 beds instead of nine.

“Parents come to Goryeb Children’s Hospital for our medical team’s clinical expertise and wealth of specialists, but also because of the exceptional, family-centered care we are known for,” said Walter D. Rosenfeld, MD, chair of pediatrics at Goryeb Children’s Hospital and Atlantic Health System.

“We want to ensure we are able to help families and children when they are at their most vulnerable, and with the additional beds and clinical space, we will be better able to do so.”

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The fifteen-bed, state-of-the-art PICU provides continuous monitoring of patients' respiratory, cardiac and neurological functions. Each child's room is designed with easy access to radiological tests, such as X-rays and ultrasounds, and the latest technology that allows for instant review of diagnostic and laboratory results.

Designed with families in mind, amenities include private rooms designed with sleeping accommodations for parents, gaming consoles, a family waiting room area, and separate bathroom and shower.

The original unit, which opened nearly 20 years ago, and the expansion were funded in part by donations to the Foundation for Morristown Medical Center. Established in 1995, the Foundation for Morristown Medical Center’s mission is to inspire community philanthropy to advance exceptional health care for patients at Morristown Medical Center and Goryeb Children’s Hospital. Over the past 10 years, donors have contributed more than $175 million to support both Morristown Medical Center and Goryeb Children’s Hospital. 

“Our family wants to continue the tradition of support to a wonderful hospital that is so deserving,” said Edward J. “Kim” Foley, III, the son of Joan and Edward Foley for whom the PICU was named. “We’re so happy to be a part of an even larger group of people that are collectively making this happen.”

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