Atlantic Health System and Chilton Hospital announced today that the board of directors of both health care systems have agreed in principle to merge Chilton Hospital in Pompton Plains, NJ, and affiliated Chilton Health Network sites with Morristown-based Atlantic Health System. Atlantic Health System, one of the largest not-for-profit health care systems in New Jersey, owns and operates Morristown, Overlook, and Newton Medical Centers and the Goryeb Children’s Hospital in Morristown. Chilton Hospital is a member of the Chilton Health Network, which offers health care services and care providers in communities throughout Northwestern New Jersey.  The merger is pending a due diligence phase and is subject to regulatory review but is expected to be finalized by mid-2013.

“Chilton and Atlantic Health System have a long history of working successfully together,” said Dr. Deborah K. Zastocki, President and CEO of Chilton Hospital. “By joining Atlantic Health System, we can assure the local community that we are proactively taking the steps necessary to remain a vital health care resource for years to come. Partnership with Atlantic Health will provide Chilton with the resources to support and strengthen its mission and strategic initiatives. Chilton physicians will also have the opportunity to join the Atlantic Accountable Care Organization (ACO), one of the largest in the nation.”

The decision to merge demonstrates ongoing efforts by Atlantic Health System to expand its nationally recognized programs and services into more communities throughout the region.

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“The health care landscape in New Jersey and throughout our nation is changing, and we are changing with it,” said Joseph A. Trunfio, CEO, Atlantic Health System. “Atlantic Health System and Chilton have assessed how our hospitals might partner to best serve current and future patients and enhance the health status of the communities we serve. We have concluded a merger is the best option for us to deliver the highest quality care to our patients and region.”

Chilton Hospital joining Atlantic Health System would provide clear benefits to the community and help, in coming years, to advance health care in New Jersey. Several anticipated benefits include:

·        Significant clinical and economic efficiencies to lower the cost of health care while providing the highest quality services.

·       Expanded outpatient and preventive medicine services within the region.

·       Broader patient access to coordinated primary, pediatric and specialty care; clinical trials; and the most immediate access to specialized emergency care, including complex stroke care, the latest cardiac diagnostic and treatment interventions, and advanced neonatal care.

·        Expanded access to tertiary care through primary care physicians.

·        Shared best practices, evidence-based care and quality assurance activities within and across our medical staffs.

Atlantic Health System employs 11,340 people throughout Morris, Union, and Sussex counties, and has 1,310 licensed beds, including those at the Atlantic Rehabilitation Institute in Morristown. There are over 193,100 emergency visits each year, including Morristown, Overlook, Newton, and at Overlook Hospital Emergency Services, Union Campus. Located at the crossroads of Morris, Passaic and Sussex counties, Chilton Hospital employs 1,400 people and has 260 licensed beds. Annually, it serves more than 160,000 patients across 33 communities. After completing the proposed merger, Atlantic Health System will employ 12,740 people throughout Northern New Jersey.

About Atlantic Health System

Atlantic Health System is one of the largest non-profit health care systems in New Jersey, comprised of Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center in Summit and Newton Medical Center. The three medical centers – all accredited by The Joint Commission – have a combined total of 1,308 licensed beds and more than 2,750 affiliated physicians providing a wide array of health care services to the residents of Northern and Central New Jersey. Specialty service areas include advanced cardiovascular care, pediatric medical and surgical specialties, neurology, orthopedics, and sports medicine. Each of these programs has earned top ratings and recognitions in their respective fields. Atlantic Health System is the official health care partner of the New York Jets and an official health care provider of the New Jersey Devils.

Morristown Medical Center’s
Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute performs more heart surgeries than any other hospital in New Jersey, and is one of 20 facilities across the country to perform catheter-based repair and replacement of valves on both sides of the heart. Atlantic Health System’s spine program – where surgeons perform more spine surgery than anywhere else in New Jersey – is one of just 13 hospitals across the country that has received the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission, achieving Disease-Specific Care Certification for cervical and lumbar spine treatments. In 2012, U.S. News & World Report ranked Morristown Medical Center as a top hospital nationwide for cardiology, heart surgery and gynecology, in the publication’s annual Best Hospitals list.  Morristown Medical Center also ranked among the best hospitals in New Jersey and as a “Best Regional Hospital” for Cancer, Diabetes & Endocrinilogy, Neurology and Neurosurgery, Orthopedics as well as Gastroenterology, Geriatrics, Nephrology, Pulmonology and Urology. With the Atlantic Neuroscience Institute based at Overlook Medical Center, the hospital serves as the hub for the New Jersey Stroke Network, and serves about 40 percent of the state’s stroke patients. In 2012, U.S. News & World Report ranked Overlook Medical Center among the best hospitals in central New Jersey and as a “Best Regional Hospital” for Neurology and Neurosurgery as well as Gastroenterology, Geriatrics, Nephrology, Pulmonology and Urology. The system’s Goryeb Children’s Hospital offers more than 100 board-certified physicians in 20 pediatric specialties. Morristown Medical Center is verified as a Level I Regional Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons and designated a Level II by the state of New Jersey.

Atlantic Health System has been chosen for the past four consecutive years by FORTUNE® as one of the magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For®.” The organization has also been recognized five times by AARP as one of the “Best Employers for Workers over 50.” Inside Jersey magazine partnered with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. and ranked Morristown Medical Center as the No. 1 hospital in New Jersey and the No. 1 hospital for treatment of
heart failure and coronary surgery in the state. The survey findings also establish Overlook as No.1 for the treatment of neurological disorders and stroke in NJ. Atlantic Health System is a Major Clinical Research Affiliate with The Cancer Institute of New Jersey and is the primary academic and clinical affiliate in New Jersey of Mount Sinai School of Medicine and The Mount Sinai Hospital.

About Chilton Hospital

Located in Pompton Plains, New Jersey, at the crossroads of Morris, Passaic and Bergen counties, Chilton is a 260-bed, fully accredited acute care hospital with 1400 employees and more than 630 physicians representing 60 medical specialties.  Chilton is committed to providing innovative patient care in a compassionate and healing environment focused on personalized care.  Annually, it serves more than 160,000 patients. As a major employer in Morris County with 1,450 employees, Chilton Hospital is the lifeline for many individuals living adjacent to Route 23 in Northwestern NJ.  Chilton Hospital is unique as it serves 33 towns in its primary and secondary service area with a combined area of more than 350 square miles and a population of 370,863.

Chilton is a member of the Chilton Health Network, which offers health care services and care providers in communities throughout the Northwestern NJ region.  Services include blood draw sites, physical therapy and occupational health as well as partnerships with physician practices in the specialties of breast surgery, internal medicine, primary care, colorectal surgery, cardiology and orthopedics.

                                  Chilton’s vast array of quality clinical services include: The Total Joint Center, ranked among the top ten hospitals in NJ for Joint Replacement Surgery by HealthGrades; The newly-renovated Breast Center, offering clinical excellence and a personal touch that can only be found in a community hospital; The MotherBaby Center, featuring beautiful all-private suites, celebration meals and a spa with massage services for moms;  An Emergency Department serving 48,000 patients annually, and the dedicated Pediatric Emergency Department where patients see a pediatric emergency doctor within about 20 minutes of arrival guaranteed; The recently upgraded Cardiovascular Interventional Lab, offering a full range of life-saving cardiovascular procedures; The award-winning Primary Stroke Center; The accredited Sleep Health Institute; The Wound Healing Center, which is among only a handful of hospitals in the region to offer Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy; The Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence; Pain Management Services; State-of-the-art imaging services that include MRI, 64-Slice CT and PET scanning; Minimally invasive and robot-assisted surgery featuring the latest generation da Vinci Robotic Surgical System; and The Chilton Cancer Center. 

Chilton recently launched a $24 million renovation and modernization project which ensures an exceptional level of care by combining clinical excellence with a focus on a personalized patient experience. Upon completion, 65 percent of Chilton’s inpatient beds will be housed in single-occupancy rooms, which is unique for an acute care setting and highly valued by patients and their families.