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Alzheimer’s Association Calls for Action as NJ Nursing Home Crisis Grows

May 26, 2020

FLORHAM PARK, NJ — As COVID-19 continues to threaten the health of millions in New Jersey and throughout the country, evidence also continues to demonstrate that nursing homes and assisted living communities are being ravaged by the pandemic.

The Alzheimer’s Association recently released guidance urging lawmakers to implement new policies to address the nursing homes and ...

No New Coronavirus Cases in Livingston Sunday; NJ Hospitalizations Down Sharply

LIVINGSTON, NJ — There were no additional cases of COVID-19 reported in Livingston on Sunday, according to data provided by Essex County

The total of COVID-19 related cases in Livingston as of Sunday morning was 471. There have been 66 deaths in the township attributed to the virus. Essex County data shows 12 new coronavirus cases in Livingston over the last six days.

Essex County ...

Overlook Medical Center in Summit Discharges 700th Coronavirus Patient to Recovery

SUMMIT, NJ — Overlook Medical Center in Summit, part of Atlantic Health System, on Wednesday discharged its 700th patient — a woman from Union Township — treated for COVID-19 back to recovery last week.

"This pandemic has crystallized why those of us at Overlook and throughout Atlantic Health System pursued the calling of health care — to help ...

Virtual Exercise Keeps JESPY House Clients Fit and Social

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Whether actively participating in on-site exercise classes or on JESPY’s Special Olympics teams, JESPY House clients have long enjoyed being members of the non-profit’s Athletics & Fitness program. Despite the closure of on-site programming during the pandemic, clients have been able to enjoy fitness by participating in JESPY’s robust schedule of ...

Livingston Mom’s Nonverbal Son Inspires First Memoir

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Days before Mother’s Day, Livingston mom Heidi Rome published a book that was inspired by a conversation she had with her nonverbal son after a new technology enabled him to share his thoughts.

Her novel, entitled “You Just Have to Love Me—Mothering Instructions from My Autistic Child,” is an extension of Rome’s mission to help other parents ...

Arden Courts Shows Morristown Memorial Medical Center Some Summer Lovin' for Nurses Week

MORRISTOWN, NJ -- Arden Courts of Whippany showered the Morristown Memorial Medical Center Emergency Room staff with appreciation last week by sponsoring a Kona Ice Cream truck for the healthcare workers.

As the healthcare workers lined up outside the emergency room, they enjoyed the summer tropical sound of steel drum music while they were ...

Livingston Breaks Down COVID-19 Stats Based on Age, Long-Term Care Facilities

LIVINGSTON, NJ — In the latest breakdown of COVID-19 statistics as they relate to the ages of those affected within the Township of Livingston as well as the number of cases and deaths being reported out of Livingston’s long-term care (LTC) facilities, the township reported that 178 of the 412 total cases reported as of Tuesday morning (or about 43 percent) were attributed to LTC ...

More Than 54% of Livingston Coronavirus Cases Are From Long-Term Care Facilities

LIVINGSTON, NJ — There was only one new case of COVID-19 reported in Livingston as of Tuesday morning and five additional deaths, bringing the township's total to 409 cases and 58 deaths attributed to the coronavirus, according to Essex County reports.

Out of those 409 cases, 223 of them (or 54.5 percent) have been from the five long-term care facilities ...

Livingston Has Two New COVID-19 Cases Sunday

LIVINGSTON, NJ -- There were two new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Livingston as of Sunday morning, bringing the township's total to 405 cases.

There have been 53 deaths of Livingston residents associated with the coronavirus.

Essex County has a total of 14,624 coronavirus cases as of Sunday y morning, with 100 new cases reported since 5 p.m. Saturday. There have been 15,054 tests that ...

COVID-19 Update: Livingston Has 391 Cases; Gov. Murphy OKs Virtual Weddings

LIVINGSTON, NJ -- There were 391 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the Township of Livingston as of Friday morning, according to data released by Essex County.

That figure actually represents four fewer cases than Livingston had as of 5 p.m. Thursday. There have been 51 deaths in Livingston attributed to the coronavirus.

Essex County has a total of 14,206 coronavirus cases as of ...


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Essex County Emergency Food Distribution to be Held May 28

May 24, 2020

MONTCLAIR, NJ — An Essex County Emergency Food Distribution Event will be held on Thursday, May 28 at the Charles H. Bullock School in Montclair to help families negatively impacted by coronavirus.

The 1,000 boxes of food that will be distributed are meant to benefit families who have been forced out of work and are not able to afford food. 

The event will be held as ...

Consider School Board Candidacy for Livingston Public Schools

May 27, 2020

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Local school board membership is a challenging and rewarding way to serve your community and its schoolchildren. Now is the time to consider school board candidacy for the Livingston Board of Education. In November, voters will elect one candidate to serve for three years.

A candidate must file a nominating petition with the county clerk for his or her name to appear on ...

Coronavirus Pandemic Adds to the Admiration as Hospital Honors Local EMS Members

Overlook Medical Center celebrated the work of the dedicated EMS first responders throughout the communities it serves with awards, gifts and other recognition as part of the national EMS Week, May 18–22.

“The first responders throughout our region have been our steadfast partners through the height of the pandemic, and their collaboration in caring for our patients during this ...

Atlantic Health System Leads Phase 1 Study on CPI-613® (Devimistat), First-in-Class Treatment for Pancreatic Cancer to be Presented at American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2020

Atlantic Health System Cancer Care’s Angela Alistar, MD, medical director of GI medical oncology at Morristown Medical Center and medical director of the Phase 1 Breakthrough Treatment Center, is lead author of a phase 1 study of CPI-613® (devimistat), a unique first-in-class treatment for locally advanced or metastatic pancreatic cancer, in combination with two chemotherapy drugs.

Community Conversations: Is It Safe To Have Surgery?

James C. Wittig, MD, chairman, Orthopedic Surgery, Morristown Medical Center, medical director of Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Oncology and Sarcoma Surgery for Atlantic Health System, joined host Luke Margolis for the latest edition of our Facebook Live event series, Community Conversations. Dr. Wittig shared what our patients need to know before having an important surgery that’s been ...

Surprising Benefits of the Virtual Visit

When Atlantic Health System put telehealth into effect to help control the spread of COVID-19, I thought, I’m going to hate it. I felt strongly that there’s no substitute for in-person visits, and expected that trying to communicate using video apps would be cumbersome. So I was surprised to find that there are some real benefits to virtual medicine.

I noticed, for example, a ...

Protect Your Health: Do Not Put Off Important Medical Care

The safety of patients and team members is Atlantic Health System’s top priority. To make sure emergency departments across Atlantic Health’s hospitals remain safe for every patient who enters, reconfigured processes and facilities are in place to optimize safety and improve the patient experience.

All care is delivered with strict rules around social distancing, universal mask ...

Atlantic Health System Earns New Level of Recognition for Environmental Sustainability, its Overlook Campus Again Taking Top Honors

Atlantic Health System achieved a new level of recognition for its accomplishments in environmental sustainability, receiving the System for Change Award from Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care. Its Overlook Medical Center once again earned Practice Greenhealth’s highest honor, the Top 25 Environmental ...

NJ's Unemployment Rate Soars to Highest On Record

May 22, 2020

TRENTON, NJ – The head of the state's Department of Labor said Thursday that the measures enacted to slow the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 have resulted in the state’s unemployment numbers soaring to their highest recorded levels.

Robert Asaro-Angelo said that the state’s unemployment rate has hit 15.3% - the highest level since the state first started recording the ...