NEWTON, NJ – Atlantic Health System on Tuesday marked the opening of its newly-built building in Newton, which will serve as the new northern station of Atlantic Mobile Health, its transportation division, as well as AtHome Medical, which provides in-home medical equipment and supplies.
The new building, located directly across High Street from Newton Medical Center, gives Atlantic Health System its own facility for both services, allowing its team members to more easily access and operate its resources and able to more readily put them in use to serve the community.
Atlantic Mobile Health, which includes the entire medical transportation fleet of Atlantic Ambulance, and AtHome Medical, were both previously housed in separate, leased locations – an ambulance station on Diller Avenue in Newton, and the At-Home Medical distribution center in Lafayette.
The new building measures 12,000 square feet and cost approximately $2.8 million to build. Construction was performed by Beacon Construction Services.
“Bringing both of these services into a bigger, more adaptable building of our own design gives us the freedom and additional capabilities to more easily respond to the needs of the Sussex County community,” said David Ferguson, director of Atlantic Mobile Health and AtHome Medical.
The new station features three large vehicle bays, which can house up to 12 ambulances. Atlantic Mobile Health plans to station six ambulances and two wheelchair vans, as well as two Atlantic Health Courier vehicles there.
The overall site offers far more space for the organization compared to its prior location. One notable improvement of the new site will be the ample parking around the building which was not available at the former location, and sometimes led to logistical challenges for personnel.
Another major upgrade is that the new site will also house part of Atlantic Health System’s motor services division, which will allow vehicles stationed in Newton to be serviced on-site instead of travelling to Atlantic Mobile Health’s main station in Livingston, nearly 40 miles away. The courtesy shuttle at Newton Medical Center can now also be serviced at the Newton site, saving the same trip.
The new building will also allow AtHome Medical to continue to grow. The service currently supplies 4,500 household oxygen systems and touches 30,000 lives each year throughout Atlantic Health System’s service area.
The event on Tuesday was attended by several local dignitaries from Sussex County. Assemblyman Hal Wirths and Senator Steve Oroho shared compliments for the new facility at the event. A representative of Congressman Josh Gottheimer’s office, Cheryl Krouse presented David Ferguson with proclamations lauding the facility as well. Kimberly Williams, Community Development Director for the Town of Newton, representing Newton Town Manager, Tom Russo, was also in attendance, along with Newton Police Chief Michael Richards.
Members of local EMS squads from Sussex County were also on-hand to tour the facility afterwards.
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 atlantichealth.org.