Morristown, New Jersey– Jennifer Smith has been named chief development officer for the Foundation for Morristown Medical Center, which supports both Morristown Medical Center and Goryeb Children’s Hospital with $20 million in philanthropy annually. Smith will join the Foundation on August 10.
Trish O’Keefe, PhD, RN, president for Morristown Medical Center and vice president for Atlantic Health System, is thrilled to welcome Smith to Morristown.
“Jennifer joins us after 16 years of service to Hackensack Meridian Health where she held several different roles, most recently as vice president for development. As vice president for development, she led comprehensive fundraising programs for three hospital foundations in central New Jersey with three separate boards of trustees,” O’Keefe said.
Throughout her tenure, Smith spearheaded multiple campaigns and secured transformational gifts, which supported capital projects and cutting-edge equipment to new, innovative programs. In the past eight years, she raised more than $70 million, including 11 seven-figure gifts. Smith received her B.A. in communications from Alfred University, and her M.S. in organizational communications from Ithaca College.
Smith’s arrival follows the retirement of Jim Quinn, an award-winning, 35-year fundraising veteran who established the Foundation, after serving as a consultant leading Morristown Medical Center’s New Era of Excellence Campaign. Throughout his tenure, Quinn grew the Foundation from a staff of five, raising $1 million annually, to a team of 27, raising $20 million annually in support of capital projects, state-of-the-art equipment, cutting-edge programs, endowed department chairs and research initiatives for Morristown Medical Center. He served alongside nine hospital presidents and six chairmen of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees and received the Robert J. Smythe Award for outstanding fundraising given by the New Jersey Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals in 2001.
“I have known and worked with Jim throughout his 31-year career at Morristown. It is hard to put into words the impact that he has made both on the hospital and the people in it,” O’Keefe said. “Jim is both a friend and a trusted colleague, and I wish him and his family the best in this next chapter of his life.”
About 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.
About Atlantic Health System
Atlantic Health System has a long-standing tradition of providing exceptional patient outcomes and experiences. Home to seven award-winning hospitals including Morristown Medical Center, the number one hospital in NJ according to U.S. News & World Report, Castle Connolly and Newsweek’s World’s Best Hospitals, the system has been ranked first in New Jersey in consumer preference by Monigle and first among health systems in New Jersey as a “best workplace” by both Modern Healthcare and Fortune Magazine.
Many of the system’s programs have received national accolades and designations, including Morristown Medical Center’s Cardiology and Heart Surgery program ranked among the top 30 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report; Morristown Medical Center’s Orthopedics program ranked among the top 35 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report and Atlantic Health System’s Cancer Care program, New Jersey’s first and only National Cancer Institute National Community Oncology Research Program. Additionally, Atlantic Health System Neuroscience at Overlook Medical Center, working with Atlantic Mobile Health, was the first in the nation to deploy and use portable Telestroke technology in ambulances for routine pre-hospital assessment of stroke patients.
Powered by a passionate workforce of 17,000 team members and 4,800 affiliated physicians dedicated to building healthier communities, Atlantic Health System serves more than half of the state of New Jersey, including 11 counties and 4.9 million people. The system provides care for the full continuum of health needs across a wide array of settings, including 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 Institute, Atlantic Visiting Nurse and Atlantic Anywhere’s Virtual Visits. Facilitating connections between these services on both land and air is the transportation fleet of Atlantic Mobile Health.
With a clear sense of purpose and an unparalleled culture, Atlantic Health System attracts top leaders in the field of health care, from CEO Brian Gragnolati, who was Chairman of the American Hospital Association in 2019, to the numerous team members who serve as leaders across national clinical associations and research entities.